About Gluten

All NUTS & BOLTS products are gluten-free.

What is gluten?

Gluten is a protein found in many grains, the most common of which is wheat.  It is also found in rye, barley, triticale.

 

Is gluten “bad” for you?

There is no concrete evidence that gluten is inherently “bad” for you, although many people notice improvements in digestion, as well as increased energy, stamina, and mental focus when they eliminate gluten or limit their gluten intake. 

That said, people with a gluten allergy or gluten intolerance experience severe symptoms when they ingest gluten.  The good news is that treatment is simple: going gluten-free.  Below is a brief overview of gluten allergy (celiac disease) and of gluten sensitivity/intolerance.   

 

Gluten Allergy and Gluten Sensitivity Defined

An allergy is an autoimmune reaction to a substance.  An intolerance is an adverse reaction to a food, but does not trigger an autoimmune response.

 

Gluten Allergy (Celiac Disease)  

When a person with celiac disease eats gluten, it triggers an autoimmune response - the body attacks itself, destroying normal tissues. In particular the villi in the small intestine are affected, which inhibits absorption of nutrients.  (Read more: www.celiac.com)

Common Symptoms of Celiac Disease:

  • Growth problems
  • Decreased appetite
  • Failure to gain weight
  • Chronic diarrhea, chronic constipation
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal bloating and pain
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Delayed puberty
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Rashes
  • Mouth sores
  • Iron deficiency and anemia
  • Bone or joint pain
  • Arthritis or osteoporosis
  • Tingling numbness in hands and feet
  • Seizures
  • Erratic menstrual periods
  • Infertility, miscarriages

 

Gluten Sensitivity/Intolerance

Gluten sensitivity or intolerance can present many of the same symptoms as Celiac Disease without there being an autoimmune response.  Generally, but not always, the symptoms are milder.  

Common symptoms of gluten sensitivity:

  • Headaches and brain fog
  • Digestive problems
  • Skin conditions such as chronic eczema
  • Fatigue
  • Joint pain 

 

$$ Have you been diagnosed with Celiac Disease?  You may be eligible for medical tax deductions for your gluten-free products - and the shipping costs for online orders!  

 

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This is not intended to diagnose any health problem.  Please see a medical professional if you have concerns about your reaction to gluten.