Our expert says:
Let me try to answer your various questions. If you have a true gluten allergy then it is essential to avoid all foods that contain gluten. If you are not gluten sensitive or do not suffer from coeliac disease, then it is a pity to cut out foods such as high-fibre bread and cereals because this usually leads to severe constipation, as you have experienced. You can use frozen vegetables for the sake of convenience, as the freezing process will not really affect dietary fibre content. Laxatives contain compounds that increase the peristaltic movements of the digestive tract and/or the water content of the bowel so that the faeces become more mobile. Overuse of laxatives can lead to loss of normal bowel function. It is possible to be allergic to any food/drink including quinoa.
I would recommend that you discuss these dietary problems with a registered dietitian (visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: www.adsa.org.za and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area),so that you can determine if you do have a true gluten sensitivity or not. The dietitian will also assist with restoring your bowel function.
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