Gluten free food storage is very important to those who suffer from sensitivities to gluten. More than 15 million people eat gluten free diets, and more than 2 million of those people have celiac disease, requiring them to avoid gluten for the rest of their lives. Imagine the difficulties for those who are effected by gluten when it becomes necessary to live on food storage.
Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that affects the small intestine. The disorder reduces the small intestine’s ability to absorb nutrients from food properly, which may cause vitamin deficiencies and damage to the intestine. Common symptoms include fatigue, chronic diarrhea and constipation as well as digestive tract pain and discomfort. Children who have the disease may also fail to thrive. Some people with the disorder have different symptoms in other organ systems.
Many people suffer from celiac-disease symptoms even though they do not have the disorder, and they improve after eliminating gluten from their diets. They have gluten-sensitivity conditions known as non-celiac gluten intolerance (NCGI). Some gastroenterologists believe that most people have some form of gluten intolerance because gluten is difficult to digest.
People with celiac disease should maintain a very strict diet that eliminates every trace of gluten because just a few crumbs can trigger the autoimmune process characteristic of the disease. Those who do not adhere to the diet have increased risks of certain cancers, infertility and osteoporosis along with more severe short-term symptoms.
Gluten does not normally cause long-term health problems or intestinal damage for people who have NCGI, so they can regulate the amount of gluten they consume according to the severity of their symptoms.
Many normal people have adopted gluten free diets and lost weight, found relief for allergies and chronic ills and gained added energy as well. Some people report that gluten free diets ease their symptoms of diseases like arthritis and irritable bowel syndrome. Others claim the diet has cured hair loss, sensitive skin, sinus infections and fatigue. Most of the claims do not have scientific evidence backing them, but people with improved health are more concerned about their results than they are about the lack of evidence.
Gluten is a composite of proteins and starches from particular grassy grains such as barley, wheat and rye. Gluten free diets are completely free of the proteins in wheat, barley and rye as well as in hybrids of those grains, like triticale, spelt and Kamut. Although oats are gluten free, they frequently have contamination from other grains that contain gluten. People who must refrain from eating gluten should be wary about pastas, breads and various other food products that contain those grains as well. Most people need help from dietitians to learn which foods may have gluten in them. Those people may be surprised that salad dressing, soy sauce, ice cream, ketchup and some alcoholic beverages may contain gluten. Even some vitamin supplements and medications may have binding agents containing gluten. Additional potential sources of gluten are lip balms and glues on envelopes.
Some gluten free products do not have the extra fortification or enrichment by nutrients like iron, folate and fiber that traditional cereals and breads have. In addition, some people who are sensitive to gluten may not eat enough high-quality, gluten free products to get the proper number of grain servings each day. A dietitian can help people learn how to get all the nutrients they need for optimum health.
Emergency preparedness companies like Mountain House Food Storage, Gourmet Reserves Food Storage and Alpine Aire Food Storage offer gluten free food storage products on their web pages. If you or any of your family members have intolerance to gluten, make sure to include gluten free food storage items in your survival kits. A disaster can present difficulties for anyone, but if people intolerant to gluten must suffer the effects of eating diets that are not gluten free as well, their misery may be even more severe.
Look for the Gluten Free symbol as you shop for Food Storage