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Over the past couple of years, the term ‘Gluten’ has gained a lot of traction around social media. Chances are that you’ve heard about gluten lately, but do you really know what it is or how it affects those who suffer from celiac disease?

Either if you hear about people complaining about the symptoms and suffering they get from consuming non-gluten-free products or about the lack of non-gluten-free products in the market or a restaurant, there isn’t a day when we don’t hear something related to this subject.

However, some people still believe that gluten intolerance or celiac disease is a hoax and that people are just being picky. To take that myth down and spread some awareness, we’ve put together a list that’ll let you know everything there is to know about gluten.

 

What’s Gluten?

what's gluten

Gluten is a component of proteins that contain different products, such as flour from cereals, wheat, rye, among others. These components trigger hypersensitivity in the immune system affecting your intestine and complicate the absorption of nutrients.

 

Symptoms

Celiacs symptons
Via The Health Line

Those who suffer from celiac disease experiment persistent pain in the abdominal muscles, diarrhea, eczema or skin rashes, headache, fatigue, constipation, vomit, anemia, limb pain, and abdominal swelling if they consume any food with gluten on it.

 

Famous Celiacs

Miley Cyrus Gluten
Via USA Today

Needless to say, celiac disease isn’t exclusive to ‘regular people’. As a matter of fact, we’ve seen countless celebrities open up about their condition and try to spread awareness so more restaurants, chefs, and people overall can include gluten-free options and products on their menus. Some of them are:

  • Miley Cyrus
  • Drew Brees
  • Novak Djokovic
  • Mandy Moore
  • Josh Turner
  • Zooey Deschanel

 

What Foods Can’t Celiacs Eat?

Those who suffer from celiac disease can’t eat:

  • Products with wheat as raw material (bread, beer, flour)
  • Cereals
  • Malt
  • Wheat
  • Spelt
  • Barley
  • Rye
  • Kamut
  • Triticale (a hybrid between wheat and oats)
  • Bulgur
  • Geek (smashed green wheat )
  • Grunkern (greek green wheat)
  • Oats (except some brands that specify it)

But hey, not everything is bad for them. As a matter of fact, people with celiac disease can still have a pretty normal life, especially considering how many restaurants are including gluten-free options on their menus. Also, they can safely eat corn, rice, cassava, fruits, vegetables, powder milk, yogurt, cheese, eggs, meat, peanuts, almonds, nuts, and multiple seeds.