Is there really such a thing as gluten-free benefits? Or could all of the gluten talk just be a myth?
Letâ€™s get some things straight first; gluten is just another term used to describe the proteins found in wheat, rye, barley, and triticale.
If you suffer from the following,
- Abdominal Pain
- Iron Deficiency
- Joint and Muscle Pain
- Mood Disorders
- Peripheral Neuropathy
- Osteopenia & Osteoporosis
- Reproductive Health Issues
- Weight Gain or Weight Loss
Then cutting gluten back from your diet may alleviate or eliminate these symptoms.
To be gluten-free is a choice, but individuals who suffer from Celiac Disease will only get better by being on a gluten-free diet.
Why is that?
Well, Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disease that leads the bodyâ€™s immune system to attack the small intestine when gluten is ingested.
Only 1% of the population has celiac disease AND, is 4Xâ€™s more common today than 60 years ago. This is because so many foods nowadays are being produced more processed than ever before – which is extremely unhealthy for your body.
Processed foods contain chemicals, artificial flavors, etc. The food industry is doing this, to help push the lifetime of the packaged food on the shelve. Pay caution to your food labels. There is a lot of confusion about the gluten-free world because many packages are now stating that their product is gluten-free, when in reality it really might not be.
Look for ingredients on the label that look like “food replacements”. If you read the list of ingredients on the food label and don’t know an ingredient, then you probably shouldnâ€™t eat it. It most likely is extremely processed and not gluten-free.
Ingredients to choose
Here are some foods to eat when living by a gluten-free diet:
- Most dairy products
- Fruit & Veggies
The goal is to try and stay away from as many whole grains as possible.
There are 3 specific whole grains that do not contain gluten and those are:
Is there really gluten-free benefits?
Obviously you should be gluten-free if you are suffering from Celiac Disease.
But what about the rest of us? Is there any real benefits?
Not necessarily. People have reported feeling better after reducing their gluten intake. Sometimes gluten-free products can be high in calories, fat, and carbs. Some people who go gluten-free actually gain weight.
The thing to remember is that you should continue to eat a balanced diet, and cutting back on gluten intake, wonâ€™t hurt.