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Gluten Free Diet

A gluten Free Diet is often prescribed for someone with Celiac Disease (also called gluten sensitive enteropathy, gluten intolerance or celiac sprue). It is considered to be the most under-diagnosed common disease in America today, potentially affecting 1 in every 133 people, with over 3 million people requiring a totally gluten-free diet. It is a chronic, inherited disease, and if untreated can ultimately lead to malnutrition. About 15 million people are estimated to be gluten intolerant. Combined, there are about 7 million people or 10% of the American population on a gluten free diet. You can read more about Celiac disease and the Gluten Free diet below. People on gluten free diets often have a difficult time dining out. Our gluten free diet is based on some gluten free menu’s from restaurants (such as PF Changs or Outback) For restaurants without a gluten free diet, the meals may have been selected by ingredient lists, allergen info, or avoiding any sauces, dressings, etc that may possibly contain gluten. When specific nutrient information is provided, all of the Gluten-Free meal options are less than 2,000 mg of sodium and relatively lower in Carbohydrates than the average meal. When specific nutrient information is not available, we picked the options that seemed to be a relatively lower Calorie, lower sodium and lower in Carbohydrates than other options. If sodium, carbohydrates and Calories are also a concern, please make sure you check a reduced Calorie diet, Low/reduced Carbohydrate diet and/or a low sodium diet.

More on Celiac Disease

Gluten intolerance is the result of an immune-mediated response to the ingestion of gluten (from wheat, rye, and barley) that damages the small intestine. . To develop celiac disease (CD) three (3) things must be present: 1) you must inherit the gene, 2) consume gluten, and 3) have the gene triggered. Common triggers may include stress, trauma (surgeries, pregnancy, etc.), and viral infections. The disease is permanent and damage to the small intestine will occur every time you consume gluten, regardless if symptoms are present.

Common symptoms of celiac disease include : diarrhea, bloating, weight loss, anemia, chronic fatigue, weakness, bone pain, and muscle cramps. Less common symptoms include: constipation, constipation alternating with diarrhea, or premature osteoporosis. Children may exhibit behavioral, learning or concentration problems, irritability, diarrhea, bloated abdomen, growth failure, dental enamel defects, or projectile vomiting. Others will have symptoms such as rheumatoid conditions, chronic anemia, chronic fatigue, weakness, migraine headaches, nerve problems such as tingling of hands or difficulty walking, or other conditions that are unexplained and/or do not respond to usual treatment. People may have one or more of the above symptoms. Patients are frequently misdiagnosed as having 'irritable bowel syndrome', 'spastic colon/bowel', or Crohn's disease'.

One Source Wellness assumes no responsibility for its use and any resulting liability of consequential damages is denied. This information should not be considered a substitute for individualized medical advice from personal physicians or registered dietitians. We cannot guarantee that the items listed are completely free of gluten due to possible cross-contamination or change in restaurant recipes, etc. Please always ask confirm with your server for specifics on gluten free items.