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By Freelance Writer Hannah Whittenly

Even if you do not have celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity, a gluten-free diet can still be very beneficial. Studies continue to show us that Gluten-Free diet can help with weight problems, IBS, hives, and general inflammation. Here are a few tips you can use to make your transition to a gluten-free diet as easy as possible.

Learn More About Gluten

Many people wrongly believe that gluten is only found in a handful of grains. Gluten is actually a type of protein that can be found in many different foods such as candy, fries, imitation seafood, beer, sauces, and soups. It is often used as a binder or additive to alter the taste and texture of a plate. Unless all of your food is completely gluten-free, you will most likely continue to struggle with rashes, stomach cramps, and nausea.

Become a Label Sleuth

The easiest way to avoid this type of protein is to only eat foods that are specifically gluten-free, but you might not have that luxury at your local store. Instead, you need to learn about some of the most common byproducts that contain gluten. Wheat, barley, and rye all have a relatively large dose of gluten per serving. You must be especially careful with processed foods such as salad dressings, mixed drinks, and powdered seasonings. In the label, what you’re looking for is proof that it meets all regulatory codes, food standards and has gone through the proper nutritional testing from a credible industry, such as Agrifood Technology.

Ask for the Gluten-Free Section
Due to the health benefits of a gluten-free diet, many stores now have entire sections for those who have celiac disease or other similar conditions. If you are planning on shopping at a new store, then you might want to call the store beforehand to see if they have their own gluten-free section. Once you are in the section, you should also consider buying in bulk so that you don't have to worry about running out of key ingredients when you need them the most.

Start Planning Your Meals in Advance
Those who have celiac disease or a gluten intolerance do not have the luxury of eating snacks and meals on a whim. That is why it is so important to start planning your meals and snacks well before you get to the store. Instead of going up and down all of the aisles reading labels, you should have a list of exact ingredients that you have already researched.
Being exposed to even a small amount of gluten can cause flares, chronic pain, and countless other complications that might affect you for a week or longer. Taking the time to properly plan your next trip to the grocery store could help you and your loved ones avoid those problems.

About The Author:
Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer and mother of two from Sacramento, CA. She enjoys kayaking and reading books by the lake. She is a regular contributor and expert blogger at

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