Who really needs to go on a gluten-free diet?

You do if you have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, a condition that doctors once dismissed but now recognize as legitimate. Before you go gluten-free, there’s something you should do first.

Get Tested for Celiac Disease

If you’ve noticed that you react badly to gluten with symptoms like diarrhea, stomach upset, abdominal pain, and bloating see a doctor to get tested for celiac disease. Do that before you start any gluten-free diet. If you have celiac disease and you eat gluten, the lining of your small intestine becomes inflamed and gets damaged, making it harder for your body to absorb nutrients. That can lead to malnutrition and weight loss. Getting diagnosed involves taking a blood test. Depending on the results, you would also get an intestinal biopsy. If you think you might have celiac disease, the biggest mistake is to begin a diet without being tested. Quitting gluten before you get the blood test for celiac disease might backfire. By the time you get tested, your immune system might not be making the antibodies that the test checks for.

Gluten-Free Diet

The test really has to be done before quitting gluten. If you don’t do the test and begin the diet, your antibodies slowly but progressively decrease and become normal within 3 to 6 months. That might delay getting diagnosed.

What Is Gluten Sensitivity?

Unlike celiac disease, gluten sensitivity doesn’t damage the intestine. There’s no accepted medical test for gluten sensitivity, so you should tell your doctor about your symptoms. People with gluten sensitivity may have symptoms as severe as those of celiac disease. Besides gastrointestinal symptoms, gluten-sensitive people often have fatigue and headaches.

Benefits of Gluten-Free Diet

Gluten-free diets do help people who are sensitive to gluten. Still, there’s no proof that a gluten-free diet helps with other conditions or with weight loss.

“There’s a misconception that it’s very healthy and you’re automatically going to lose weight on it.”

Not true! It’s not necessarily healthy. It has to be done properly. If you’re buying gluten-free products, check to see if they are fortified with nutrients like similar products that contain gluten. Read the label to check on carbohydrates, fat, sodium, and fiber.

So what does Brown Cakes have to offer?

You may also try gluten-free baked products from Brown Cakes which are baked using flour blends that are certified to be gluten-free, such as Tapioca, Corn Flour, Buckwheat, Potato Flour, Rice Floure.t.c. all Whole, just milled.

Cakes can be healthy too!

Brown Cakes are healthier cakes baked using Whole Grain Flour.

Try out Brown Cakes! They are yummy, wholesome and moist.