Monday, May 23, 2011

Gluten Free Vegetarian Diet

In this post we'll talk about a gluten free vegetarian diet.

Around 1% of the population have celiac (coeliac) disease, which is an auto immune disease where the body attacks itself whenever gluten is ingested. In addition to people with celiac disease, there are also many people who have a gluten intolerance. This simply means that the person’s body or digestive system cannot tolerate the product or ingredient called gluten in foods.

Gluten is a protein that is found in wheat, barley and rye. It is present in many products including beer, soups, sauces, stock cubes, cakes, biscuits, candy and many more.

Now if your body or digestive track has difficulty breaking down the substance gluten you will develop an intolerance to the ingredient. Therefore, when you eat or consume gluten you will most likely has discomfort or pain. You may even be quite uncomfortable or become ill. The reason is that your body has to work harder to try to rid itself of what ever is making the ill feeling or the discomfort.

If you discover that you have celiac disease or you are gluten intolerant, the only solution is a life long gluten free diet. If you are a vegan or a vegetarian this is going to mean that you are on a vegan or vegetarian gluten free diet, which is going to be much more restrictive than you are used to.

The good news is, you should start to see your symptoms ease quite quickly after starting the gluten free diet and you still eat lots of healthy foods such as:

- all fruits
- all vegetables
- all pure herbs
- all spices
- corn, maize, rice and other gluten free grains

You will find it hard to eat out or to buy convenience foods on a vegetarian gluten free diet, but you can still make delicious food at home and you will be much healther as a result.

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