Gluten allergy symptoms can be very distressing, but the good news is they can be managed.  This article will help you decide if you might have a gluten allergy.  Other articles on this website help describe how to manage it.

Whether you have a gluten allergy or celiac disease, management is the same: avoid all gluten. Still, I highly recommend you get a test for celiac to rule out this disease. If you have a gluten allergy, you don’t need to worry about tiny amounts of gluten in your diet as long as you feel OK. On the other hand, if you have celiac disease, you must eliminate all gluten, even if you feel OK.

Gluten allergies are relatively common. Some studies indicate that 1 in 167 apparently healthy children (0.6%) and 1 in 111 adults (0.9%) have a gluten allergy. When people with gastrointestinal complaints were studied, 1 in 40 children (2.5%) and 1 in 30 adults (3.3%) were found to have a gluten allergy. This makes a gluten allergy quite common, especially when people with chronically uncomfortable guts are considered.

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If you react to gluten you probably want to know how long for gluten to leave the body.  That depends, as I will explain.

The time it takes for gluten to leave the body, and the time it takes for you to stop feeling the effects of gluten are two different things.  It depends on the symptoms and what is causing them, and also on you, everyone is unique and some people experience changes sooner, for others it takes longer to stop feeling the effects of gluten.

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I tried Udi’s gluten free maple pecan chocolate chip cookies recently and here is my review of the product.

On the plus side, they are not overly sweet.  Many of the gluten-free products I try have anywhere from too much sugar to way too much sugar.

On the other hand, I didn’t find them the tastiest product either.

Formulating gluten free baking with less sugar and fat can be more challenging than when working with wheat flour, although that doesn’t stop gluten-based baking from being too sweet.  However, I’ve had good gluten free products without too much sugar.

It could be that the product was a bit stale, so I’m not ready to write the product off completely, but I did find it rather tasteless.

Have you tried this brand of cookie?  What did you think of it?  Please leave a comment.

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People with asthma have food allergies more often than you might expect.  This may help you to manage asthma.

I both anecdotal evidence collected on this website which you will find encouraging, and statistical evidence for those who prefer a more scientific foundation to managing their asthma. [click to continue…]

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Allergy Skeptics

by Allergy Guy

As allergies become more common and accommodated for, there are also more allergy skeptics which can make life harder for some allergy sufferers.  But some of the skeptics do have a point.  Is every ailment and reaction to some food really an allergy?  Probably not.

There is no doubt that food allergies are on the rise (see chart 1), and this is only over 20 years. What concerns me is two opposing forces that end up feeding each other: everyone jumping on the bandwagon and allergy skeptics.

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Glutino Chocolate Vanilla Creme Cookies are a sort of gluten free answer to Oreos.  How do they compare?

It’s been so long since I’ve had an Oreo, I honestly don’t remember what they tasted like, but I can describe the Glutino equivalent.

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Tea and Gluten

by Allergy Guy

Is tea gluten free?  Generally yes, but not always.  This article will set you straight on the gluten free diet and tea.

First of all, we have to distinguish between “black” tea (including green tea, white tea, red tea and variations) and herbal tea.

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C-sections appear to increase the chances of celiac disease in children with the gene, compared to vaginal births.  Clearly the celiac story is more complex than simple genetics, not surprising considering the increasing trend of celiac disease.

This may seem amazing, but there is more to the caesarean section – health connection than just celiac disease, although celiac is the focus of this article.

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Should schizophrenics cut out gluten? Yes and no.  It may not help the way you might hope in all cases but it still is important.

There is evidence that gluten may be an important cause of schizophrenia for at least some people, see external links below and the Gluten and Schizophrenia article on this website.  It would seem logical then that schizophrenics should could out wheat and other gluten-contaminated foods to reverse the disease.

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A link between gluten and schizophrenia has been known for sometime, but while celiac disease is finally mainstream for most doctors, the schizophrenia-gluten link may not.  It should be.

While gluten does not necessarily account for all cases of schizophrenia, studies suggest that it may be responsible for some or even most cases, as we will explore in this article.

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How does Gluten Damage the Body

July 17, 2014

Gluten can damage the body in many ways if you have celiac disease.  Some celiac disease symptoms are temporary, others permanent. Let’s look at some of the symptoms, and which ones do true damage.

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