Gluten is a protein found in some grains, notably wheat,
barley, and rye. The symptoms of
celiac disease (such as diarrhea, weight loss, and
abdominal bloating) may or may not occur after you eat foods that contain
gluten. But if you have celiac disease, eating gluten triggers an
immune response that is not normal and can lead to
damage of your
small intestine. This damage can occur even when you
don't notice symptoms.
Some foods and food products may contain
gluten even when it is not specifically listed as an ingredient. The following
foods and food products may have hidden gluten:
If you have celiac disease, be sure to
learn about sources of hidden gluten. You may not always have symptoms, so you
can't judge whether a food is safe by how you feel after eating it.
May 29, 2012
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Jerry S. Trier, MD - Gastroenterology
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