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The main sensitivities for gluten-free foods are related to individuals who have celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity. These conditions require strict adherence to a gluten-free diet to avoid adverse health effects. Here are the main sensitivities for gluten-free foods:

Celiac Disease: Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder where the ingestion of gluten (a protein found in wheat, barley, rye, and their derivatives) triggers an immune response in the small intestine, leading to inflammation and damage to the lining of the gut. People with celiac disease must strictly avoid gluten to prevent symptoms and long-term complications.

Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity: Some individuals experience symptoms similar to those of celiac disease when consuming gluten but do not have the characteristic immune response or damage to the gut lining seen in celiac disease. This condition is known as non-celiac gluten sensitivity. People with this sensitivity also need to follow a gluten-free diet to manage their symptoms.

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The key sensitivity here is to avoid gluten-containing ingredients in their diet. Gluten can be found in various food products, such as:

Wheat-based products: Bread, pasta, cereals, and baked goods made from wheat flour.
Barley: Malt, malt vinegar, and certain types of beer.
Rye: Some types of bread, crackers, and cereals containing rye.
It’s important for those with gluten sensitivities to read product labels carefully and be aware of hidden sources of gluten that may be present in certain processed foods, sauces, soups, and seasonings.

For individuals with celiac disease, even tiny amounts of gluten can trigger a reaction, so cross-contamination during food preparation must be avoided. This involves using separate kitchen utensils, cookware, and preparation surfaces for gluten-free foods and maintaining a gluten-free environment to prevent accidental exposure.

If you suspect you have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, it’s crucial to consult a healthcare professional for proper diagnosis and guidance on managing your diet effectively. They can also help you with meal planning and ensure you receive all the necessary nutrients while following a gluten-free lifestyle.