Eating Edible knows the importance of understanding whether you suffer from a gluten allergy, a gluten intolerance or celiac disease. Once the condition is diagnosed you must learn to follow a gluten free diet. That means gluten free cooking all the time. Eating gluten-free is easy with Eating Edible.
Eating Edible makes the perfect gluten free care packages for kids with food allergies. Many of our care packages for kids with food allergies are packed with awesome gluten-free cookies. Eating Edible’s care packages are packed full of wonderful chewy bars and yummy cookies.
A gluten allergy is an allergic reaction to foods containing gluten. A gluten allergy is not the same thing as celiac disease or a gluten intolerance.
Gluten intolerance versus gluten allergy
The main difference between a gluten intolerance and a gluten allergy is how the body reacts to the trigger food. When experiencing a gluten intolerance, the body reacts with a negative physiological or metabolic response but the body’s immune system is not affected. In contrast, a gluten allergy is an adverse immune system reaction that occurs after eating a food that contains gluten. The immune system responds to the gluten allergen as harmful and attacks it.
What is gluten?
Gluten is a composite formed from several different proteins. It is commonly found in wheat (durum, farina, graham, kamut, semolina, spelt), rye, barley, triticale (a blend of rye and barley), bran, tef, and cous cous.
In addition to being found in breads and pasta, it is used in a wide variety of other foods as a thickener and binder, flavor enhancer, and protein supplement.
A gluten-free diet means avoiding anything that contains any one of those ingredients in any shape or size—in other words not just breads and noodles. Gluten may also hide in items such as in soy sauce, licorice, beer, processed meats, cosmetics and even playdough®.
A gluten-free dairy-free diet can improve alertness, sensory perception, behavior and mood management, and overall digestive health. In contrast, food allergies including gluten and wheat, can cause neurotoxic brain dysfunction, also sometimes referred to as brain fog.
The symptoms of gluten allergy are widely varied and significant. As the mother of a son who suffers from a severe gluten allergy, the reactions cannot be negated but can be managed.
Take the time to visit our Celiac Disease and Gluten Resource page.
Also visit the Food Allergies Resources page of our site for links to support organizations and websites that provide more information.