Gluten is a protein found in some grains, notably wheat,
barley, and rye. The symptoms of
celiac disease (such as diarrhea, weight loss, and
abdominal bloating) may or may not occur after you eat foods that contain
gluten. But if you have celiac disease, eating gluten triggers an
immune response that is not normal and can lead to
damage of your
small intestine. This damage can occur even when you
don't notice symptoms.
Some foods and food products may contain
gluten even when it is not specifically listed as an ingredient. The following
foods and food products may have hidden gluten:
Are you on a gluten-free diet? Regular breads, bagels, muffins, and many other store-bought baked goods are not allowed on gluten-free eating plans.
Here's what you need to know before you buy gluten-free grain products or bake them at home.