The Truth About Gluten and Digestive Health

What is Gluten?

Gluten is a type of protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. It helps make foods stretchy and doughy!

Where Do We Find Gluten?

Common foods with gluten include bread, pasta, and some cereals. It's also in many snacks and sauces!

Why Talk About Gluten?

Some people have trouble digesting gluten, which can make their stomachs upset.

Celiac Disease

Celiac disease is when the body gets sick from eating gluten. People with this condition need to avoid it completely.

Some don't have celiac but still feel better when they don't eat gluten. They might have gluten sensitivity.

Gluten Sensitivity

If gluten bothers you, you might feel tired, have stomach pains, or even get headaches.

Symptoms of Gluten Issues

Testing for Gluten Problems

Doctors can do tests to see if someone has celiac disease or is sensitive to gluten.

Living Gluten-Free

Many people who can't have gluten eat gluten-free breads, pastas, and other foods instead.

Always check labels if you're avoiding gluten. Look for words like 'gluten-free' or 'no gluten.