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What happens to one’s body when he eats gluten-free products without having celiac?

Question by Lewis: What happens to one’s body when he eats gluten-free products without having celiac?
It was my birthday yesterday, however I have friends who are gluten-intolerant and so we made a gluten-free cake for them. Basically I did not eat anything but this cake yesterday, and today my stool (pardon the upcoming description) is bright green and runny. I’m wondering if this is at all related.

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Answer by Shauna
Could be. Gluten free foods are simply free from three grains out of an entire family of foods. So there is nothing inherently damaging about that. It would be like saying you are eating a meal that is free from carrots, peas, and potatoes – three veggies out of the vegetable family. Seriously, that’s not going to do anything to you.

However, many gluten free products, when they are trying to mimic the texture of wheat products, add a lot of ingredients that don’t agree with everyone. The most common are the gums – xanthan gum, arabic gum, guar gum. These are in gluten free products in much higher amounts than you would find in other foods, and they’ve been shown to cause tummy and bowel problems in some people. They’d be the most likely culprit.

Other possibilities would be ingredients you don’t usually eat, like some of the alternative grains like millet or sorghum. Or, again, other products that you don’t usually eat in large amounts, like tapioca starch – that’s another one that can zap people’s tummies.

I’d check the ingredients on the cake and take note, honestly, because some of these products have been showing up in more and more OTHER products that aren’t gluten free. Wouldn’t hurt to have a heads up for yourself that you have an issue with something there, you know?

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Posted by GlutenFree - February 23, 2013 at 2:15 pm

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Knowing Celiac Disease

Nutrition has always been a concern to a lot of individuals. Just so you know, many as 1 in every 133 Americans (or 2 million in the continental United States) is suffering from a unique disease known as Celiac Disease? It was unusual before, but now very common.

If you have never heard of celiac disease, here it is. Simply put, celiac disease refers to a disorder of the digestive system that incurs damage to the small intestine and makes the proper absorption of nutrients harder. People suffering from this disease have a hard time digesting gluten, which is a protein in wheat, rye, and barley. To be specific, celiac disease destroys the villi, or protrusions of the small intestine lining that help in absorption. This makes the sufferer malnourished, regardless of how much he or she eats.

Celiac disease is hereditary and a lot of factors can be triggers. It can be active if it is genetic, but will not be noticeable right away. Adults and children alike can show symptoms of this disease in varied ways. In little children, there are red flags:

* Chronic diarrhea* Vomiting* Constipation* Excessive weight loss* Abdominal bloating* Abnormalities in stool, such as fattiness, unusually foul odors, or discoloration

Adults may exhibit some of these, albeit less common. Typically, celiac disease shows itself in these ways:

* Fatigue* Arthritis* Depression or anxiety* Seizures* Sores inside of mouth* Skin rashes* Numbness of the feet and hands* Osteoporosis * Pain in bones or joints* Unexplained iron deficiencies in blood (or anemia)

You must realize that celiac disease is a condition, and this could end up in more harmful long-term consequences. When you know the limits of your body, and the right nutritional knowledge regarding celiac disease, you will be faced with less risk. When you have more understanding regarding this disease, you will know how every gluten-laden food will affect you, how you can fight back, what exactly to expect.

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