Soba noodles are a Japanese noodle made from buckwheat. In fact the word soba means buckwheat, which is, despite the name, not a grain. Buckwheat is not related to cereal grasses at all, in fact, and instead comes from the seed of a plant in the dock family. However, since buckwheat does not contain gluten, doughs made from it lack the elasticity and springiness that make it easy to stretch into noodles. Therefore, although some soba noodles may be made from one hundred percent buckwheat, many will have varying amounts of wheat or other gluten containing grains flours added to improve the texture. Also, buckwheat flour is more expensive than other flours, so starchy flours may be used to offset the cost.
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Yes, Kraft Cool Whip products are gluten free, including the flavored "Season's Delight" varieties. Kraft marks all sources of gluten clearly in its ingredient listings, several of which are given below, and no Cool Whip products contain any reported sources of gluten. See Kraft's gluten content explanation of gluten labeling.
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Usually when you read about celiac disease symptoms, you find a discussion of various gastrointestinal symptoms and how they result from the damage gluten intolerance does to the small intestine. But there are a few serious conditions which may occur in someone suffering from untreated celiac disease that are not directly related to gastrointestinal problems.
Two of these conditions are dermatitis herpetiformis and gluten ataxia. In this article I will tell you what these conditions are and how they relate to gluten intolerance.
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There is reasonable evidence of neurological problems in Celiac disease (CD) even those well treated on a gluten-free diet should undergo periodic neurological screening. Peripheral neuropathy is found in almost half of people with CD. Previously, neurological complications in Celiac disease were reported to be as high as 36% or more than a third. Some unexplained neurological problems are present but not recognized by the patient or their doctor in many patients and some have several problems. Unfortunately, since brain imaging is not routinely done or recommended in those who are newly diagnosed we don't really know how high these numbers may be really be. More staggering is the fact that we are still learning about people who fail to meet diagnostic criteria for Celiac disease but are being found to have gluten related neurological problems that respond to a gluten-free diet.
Anemia is a condition in which your blood does not carry enough oxygen to the rest of your body because of a shortage of health red blood cells. This is most commonly caused by a shortage of iron in the body, which is needed to make hemoglobin. The iron containing protein that gives blood the its red color, hemoglobin is the actual component of the blood cells which carries the oxygen.
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