One of the biggest challenges in diagnosing a food allergy: Your symptoms can be misleading. Get on the path to health with Dr. Mehmet Oz, who explained what you need to know about food allergies and going gluten-free on his October 28 talk show.
Food allergy symptoms can include:
- feeling bloated
- skin rash
- joint pains
- digestive problems
And although gluten isn't always the culprit, an estimated three million Americans have celiac disease. In addition, some people can benefit from going gluten-free to ease symptoms caused by a wheat intolerance. But it's not just the obvious (bread, cereal, crackers and pasta) that can be the culprit.
Other foods that can contain gluten range from soy sauce to salad dressing to ice cream syrups. Always read the label carefully.
When it comes to what you can eat, foods generally accepted as safe on a gluten-free diet include:
- fruits and vegetables
- unprocessed poultry
- most dairy products (but check the label)
Notice that grains aren't on the list? The problem with some products: Cross-contamination. Look for foods specifically labeled gluten-free made with these grains:
- Buckwheat, such as gluten-free OrgraN Buckwheat Pasta (click for details)
- Flax, such as Enjoy Life, Perky's Crunchy Flax Cereal (click for details)
- Quinoa, such as truRoots Organic Quinoa 100% Whole Grain
Learn more about going gluten-free by clicking here to read about Dr. Oz's episode on Frankenwheat and weight loss.