People with celiac disease cannot consume products with gluten – a general term for the proteins found in wheat, rye and barley – because their gut cannot ingest it. Even small amounts can damage their small intestine, so they really need to be careful.
That said, they have to follow a gluten-free diet, meaning they can’t enjoy foods like pasta, noodles, breads, crackers, cakes, cookies, cereal, pancakes, waffles, beer, pizza, and anything else that has a “wheat flour” in the ingredient label. Some energy bars, salad dressings, fries, among other packaged goods may also contain it. Unless the label says the product is gluten-free, they can’t assume it is.
But what if you’re just a normal person, who may or may not have this intolerance? How can you feel the benefits of cutting out gluten? Read this interesting article written by Caitlin Carlson on Men’s Fitness:
SHOULD YOU TAKE A 2-WEEK BREAK FROM GLUTEN?
Even if you’re sick of hearing about gluten all. the. time., it’d be tough to ignore the findings of this recent study by Italian researchers. The gist: people without celiac disease that say they’re “gluten sensitive” may now have a certain inflammatory protein to blame. Read more…
So if you decided to take at least a two-week break, Food Matters discusses all you need to know about it:
Lastly, here are the top benefits of this diet, as listed by Stephanie Sindicich on One Green Planet:
5 Awesome Benefits of Going Gluten-Free
Celiac disease, an autoimmune digestive disorder, has sparked this incredible change in the way we eat. Sufferers of the disease and those with gluten sensitivity have been cutting gluten out of their diets for years, but now, it’s time for the rest of us to give it a whirl. Gluten is out, people. What’s in, you ask? Quinoa, buckwheat, gluten-free flours, fresh produce, and lots of creativity. The shelves at local markets now boast a variety of different gluten-free choices in flour, breads, and snacks for you to try. Read more…
In conclusion, the benefits of cutting out gluten include better digestion, energy boost and more. You’re also able to consume a whole lot of antioxidants and vitamins that you’re not able to get from packaged snack foods.
However, packaged products at the grocery store may be gluten-free, but may actually do more harm than good because the replacements used may contain more sugar, salt, and other artificial additives. If you want to try this diet, better pack on whole foods including fruits, veggies, meat, poultry, fish, seafood, dairy, rice, soy, nut flours, chia, beans, flax, quinoa and more, which are all naturally gluten-free. Furthermore, wheat-free options do not necessarily mean gluten-free, so always read the labels very carefully.
Bottom line? If you’re not gluten intolerant, it’s not really necessary to cut foods containing it out of your diet. They also contain other essential nutrients that you might miss out on. Plus, it’s a restrictive diet, and you know how this kind of diets can do more harm than good. But if you’ve decided to try it for a few weeks to see how you feel, better consume the whole food options, not the processed ones.
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