Our expert says:
Some individuals suffer from a gluten allergy. Gluten is one of the proteins that occurs mainly in wheat, but is also found in rye, oats, barley, spelt, kamut, titricale. If a person has a true gluten allergy, he will suffer from a condition called coeliac disease which then has to be treated by removing all gluten from the diet (i.e. all the above mentioned cereals and any foods that contain these cereals). The symptoms of coeliac disease are pronounced diarrhoea, bloating, abdominal pain, failure to thrive in children, etc. Other individuals who are allergic or sensitive to other components in wheat may develop other symptoms such as asthma, sinusitis, skin rashes, etc. Following a wheat-free diet is very difficult because you can basically only eat home made foods, fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, fish, eggs, milk and dairy products, fats and oils, plus rice and maize which are the only cereals that do not contain gluten.
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