If you’ve been diagnosed with celiac disease, non-celiac wheat sensitivity, or wheat allergies, you’ve probably been instructed to remove gluten from your diet. It is much easier said than done! You could still be having symptoms because:
1.You still need to remove rye and barley.
Some people are fine after just removing wheat, but if you have celiac disease then you need to remove all forms of gluten, including rye and barley products.
2. You’re eating/ drinking hidden forms of gluten.
It could be hidden in foods, lipstick, Chapstick, supplements and medications. Ask your TNT provider for help identifying where gluten is hiding. Here are some resources to make this easier:
- Certified Gluten Free means the food has less than 10 ppm of gluten per serving. Do a product search to find out if your favorite brands are safe for you and look for the GCFO logos when you’re out shopping. Companies have until 2022 to update their packaging to the new logo (on the right), so you will start seeing that one more and more! Sometimes companies use these logos without meeting the right criteria so bookmark their Safety Alerts page to stay up to date.
- Know the lingo. The words “gluten-free”, “no gluten”, “free of gluten”, and “without gluten” indicate that the food has less than 20 ppm per serving.
- Learn which ingredients could be derived from wheat, barley, and rye. For example, durum and semolina are types of wheat, but you wouldn’t know that just from reading the ingredient list. Here is a complete list of barley, wheat, and rye derivatives.
3. Cross contamination is getting in your way.
Gluten can’t be “killed” from hot water or sanitizer since it isn’t a living organism. Wash your hands, utensils, and surfaces with soap and water. Ideally, don’t share equipment between gluten-free and regular foods. This purple allergen kit makes it easy to separate equipment. Carol, our MRT/ Food Sensitivity Health Educator says “I usually have my clients start with replacing a few at first (from this list) so it does not seem so overwhelming.”
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Gluten-free living is a journey. Your TNT provider will guide you through the process, give you expert advice, and help you get to the root cause of your symptoms.
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