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Jane Anderson

What Foods Do You Avoid?

By October 28, 2013

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It's no secret that lots of us steer clear of foods other than gluten. Dairy, soy and corn rank high on the list of foods I see people avoiding, while eggs and legumes probably aren't that far behind.




There are a variety of reasons for this. For example, many people with celiac disease can't have milk products, especially at first because of lactose intolerance.Others can't have milk because it produces a reaction that's similar to the one they get with gluten.

Some foods -- soy, for example -- are quite likely to be cross-contaminated with wheat, and people suffer glutenings when they consume foods with soy in them because of that hidden cross-contamination. Others have a separate sensitivity to soy, which is a highly allergenic food in its own right.

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Here's some more information about how gluten can contaminate several "naturally gluten-free" foods:

As I said, in some cases the problem is hidden gluten, while in others its the allergenic nature of the pure food itself. Either way, it certainly complicates things to have a long "avoid" list when eating!

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