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Gluten-free defined

October 6, 2010

What does it mean to be a gluten-freat? It’s almost becoming a buzz word in Hong Kong with people becoming more conscious and concerned about what they eat, supermarkets dedicating sections for products catering to such diet requirements, organic shops opening up around town with labels for each freat product they have. It’s a craze taking over Hong Kong… so let’s get into it a bit

From our trusty friend Wikipedia:

a gluten-free diet is a diet completely free of ingredients derived from gluten-containing cereals: wheat (including kamut and spelt), barley, rye, and triticale, as well as the use of gluten as a food additive in the form of a flavoring, stabilizing or thickening agent.

Gluten is the name for glue-binding proteins in flour, which in some people can damage their small intestine (celiac disease) and in general can effect ones digestive system.

Other symptoms for gluten allergies/intolerances include skin problems, chronic fatigue syndrome, mouth ulcers, anaemia, osteoporosis, weight loss, diarrhea, constipation, abdominal bloating and asthma to name a few. Of course these will vary for each individual. If you think you might be intolerant to gluten, try cutting it out for a few weeks and see how you feel. Alternatively have a allergy test done, we’re researching some of the clinics so will post them soon.

Sprouts.com’s gluten-free guide is easy to read, packed with information,  and what to eat and what not to eat. It is American based store, so there’s a little push for their products, but it’s still pretty handy for us. Click here to read the full guide.

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