1Intro: Going gluten free –

The great thing about adopting a gluten free diet is that it can encourage healthier eating habits where most of your food does not consist of junk food or comfort food. Gluten is a protein found in wheat and a few other grains. Even those who don’t have a problem digesting it, tend to feel better after cutting down on it.

Choosing to go gluten free is not a fad for those affected by celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder which impacts the small intestines. Some of the symptoms include fluctuations in weight, vitamin deficiency, tiredness, chronic pain, bloating and diarrhea. Pregnant women having this condition could suffer from miscarriages too.

If you think you may have trouble digesting gluten, it’d be advisable to get a diagnosis from a medical practitioner. Meanwhile, here are the top gluten free foods you must include in your shopping list to beat the problem. Initially, you may resent having to cut down on processed food. But trust us, you’re digestive system will thank you for it.

Meat and eggs: Important¬†gluten free protein source –

Meat

Can’t start your day without a scrambled egg or two? Eggs are a¬†complete protein and gluten free. They boast of containing all 9 essential amino acids as well as iron, vitamins, minerals and carotenoids. After having being vilified for years because of cholesterol fears, they were given the clean chit by the American Heart Association (AHA) in 2000.

There’s evidence to prove dietary cholesterol is not bad when consumed in moderate quantities (300mg daily value for healthy individuals). With regards to meat, you can have your pick from fish, shellfish, mollusks, wild game, chicken, beef, lamb, duck, turkey and more. Stay away from cold cuts, egg substitute, imitation meats, sausages, meatloaf, cutlets and meatballs.

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