Rice and its derivatives do not contain gluten.
Gluten is the generic name for certain types of sticky storage proteins contained in the common cereal grains wheat, barley, rye and their derivatives.
A gluten-free diet is required for those suffering from of Celiac Disease (CD), Dermatitis Herpetiformis (DH) and recommended for those with wheat allergies, and/or those who are sensitive to the gliadin protein in gluten. This diet is completely free of ingredients derived from grains and cereals containing gluten: wheat (including kamut and spelt), barley, and rye as well as the inclusion of gluten as a food additive in the form of a flavoring, stabilizing or thickening agent.
CD is a lifelong genetic disorder that can affect both children and adults. When people with CD consume foods containing gluten, it creates an immune-mediated toxic reaction that causes damage to the small intestine. This does not allow food to be properly absorbed. Even small amounts of gluten in foods can affect those with CD and cause health problems. Damage can occur to the small bowel even when there are no symptoms present. Celiac Disease has no cure, but avoiding the consumption of gluten can resolve its symptoms, mitigate and possibly reverse damage, and reduce associated health risks.
Not all adverse reactions are due to Celiac Disease. The gluten-sensitive designation may not be appropriate in all cases, as wheat allergies are often directed toward albumins or globulins of wheat, or the person may have a sensitivity to proteins commonly found with wheat products (e.g. fungal amylase or bread-yeast mannins).
Lactose intolerance, food sensitivities or allergies to soy, corn, other foods or even the stomach flu, are common causes of symptoms similar to CD.
Consult your physician or dietician for more information regarding CD, wheat allergies, and gluten sensitivity.
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