Challenges Of A Gluten-Free Diet

Following a gluten-free diet is not easy. With most diet staples such as cereals contain gluten, most of the processed food found in stores may usually contain certain levels of gluten as part of the ingredients or as an additive. It can take some people time to get used to such a diet if they have gotten accustomed to a diet centered on cereals and such. This can be a challenge for those who find out that they are suffering from celiac disease.

Celiac disease was once considered as a rare condition. But recent research has shown that it actually is quite common than previously thought. Around 3 million people in the US are believed to be suffering with this condition. The only known effective treatment for the disease is by eating a gluten-free diet.

People who follow a gluten-free diet may need to start reading food labels more frequently than before. It is the best way to know when  certain products at supermarkets may contain gluten. But this can also be a challenge since there are some products that contain gluten but may not include it as an ingredient in the labels. So there can still be a bit of a risk that some people may still ingest gluten in some form even after careful label checks. But current labeling laws in the US has improved so much over the years that it has become rare for manufacturers not to include known allergens like gluten in their food labels.

But the problem may also lie on foods that are considered gluten-free but may actually be contaminated with the said protein, possibly during its processing. This is where the challenge lies for people who follow a gluten-free diet. Apart from growing their own gluten-free food, it may be quite difficult for people to actually stay gluten-free all the time. Those who follow a gluten-free diet may need to become more informative and knowledgeable about food sources in order to effectively manage a gluten-free diet.

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