3 Must Have Tips for Wheat Allergies!

Wheat is the staple of majority of American diets. But people have been randomly taking out these foods from their diet to the detriment of their own health due to the recent furor about wheat allergies and its potentially deadly consequences.

Wheat allergies are extremely rare. In fact, it is one of the rarest of all food allergies. Many believe that the allergic reactions are triggered by a protein, called gluten, found in wheat. When a person allergic to gluten encounters this protein, his or her immune system overreacts by producing large amounts of antibodies, causing symptoms like stomach upset, eczema, hay fever, asthma, and even fatal anaphylaxis.

There are several ways you can control the symptoms of wheat allergies, but the best choice seems to be strict avoidance of wheat and wheat products. People who are allergic to wheat should avoid wheat all together and be vigilant in the kind of foods they eat.

Here are 3 important tips to help you control wheat allergies:

1. Check the Label

When buying food at grocery stores or food shops, be sure to check the label containing the list of ingredients used in making the product. Many processed foods, including ice cream and ketchup, may contain wheat flour. And even if you've been using that product for some time now, don't forego checking the label. Many manufacturers change their recipes occasionally, and a food that triggers your wheat allergies may be added to the new recipe.

2. Avoid Wheat-Containing Foods

This is actually easier said than done. Humans have been eating wheat for over 1,000 years and to suddenly stop now just to avoid getting wheat allergies may lead to drastic changes in your diet which may do you more harm than good. It is difficult to avoid wheat-containing foods, and modern food processing methods use various forms of wheat in hundreds, if not thousands of foods.

A wheat-free diet is very restricted. And if you're highly allergic to wheat, you will have to restrict yourself with unprocessed fruit, vegetables, meat, poultry, fish, eggs, milk and dairy products, nuts, fats and oils.

Below are examples of products and foods that may contain wheat and ones you should avoid:

- Breads, cookies, cakes, and other baked goods (gluten, gelatinized starch, whole wheat or enriched flour)

- Bread crumbs (hydrolyzed vegetable protein, high gluten flour, and high protein flour)

- Crackers (brain, vital gluten)

- Cereals (wheat bran, farina)

- Acker meal (wheat germ, graham flour)

- Couscous (wheat gluten, bulgur)

- Cracker meal (vegetable gum, durum)

- Pasta (vegetable starch)

- Spelt

- Semolina

- Wheat malt

- Wheat starch

- Modified starch

- Starch

3. Get Vitamin Supplements

The main problem that wheat allergic people are facing now is vitamin deficiency caused by the absence of wheat in their diet. Cereals and breads are important sources of dietary fiber, vitamins, especially the B vitamins and minerals. To make sure that you do not develop deficiencies if you have cut all wheat-containing foods out of your diet, it is advised that you consult a clinical dietician for supplements you may take.

Article by Nathan Vaser. Get Nathan's FREE Report "Eliminating Allergy & Asthma Attacks Forever!" at http://asthma-allergy-cause-effect-treatments.info

Nathan also writes for http://learn-about-acne.info and http://stop-anxiety-panic-attacks.com

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