Will I Feel Better Eating Gluten Free?
Throughout the years certain foods and ingredients have been targeted as the cause of various health conditions.
The latest recipient of this wrath is Gluten with many believing that it will solve a myriad of health problems when it’s eliminated from their diet.
We’ll discuss whether going gluten free is going to make you feel better and whether it is necessary for a healthy diet.
What Is Gluten?
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, barley, and oats.
The Number 1 Reason To Avoid Gluten
If you have Coeliac disease then a gluten free diet is the only long term treatment. Drinking or eating anything containing gluten will cause an immune reaction. Common symptoms are inflammation and damage to the intestinal tract.
Another condition similar in symptoms but without the intestinal damage is gluten sensitivity or non Coeliac gluten sensitivity.
What Going Gluten Free Really Means
Eliminating gluten means more than just giving up breads, cereals, pizza, and beer. It is also present in foods like frozen vegetables in sauces, soy sauce, some foods made with natural flavourings, vitamin and mineral supplements, some medications and surprisingly toothpaste.
The one detail that you need to be aware of when getting rid of gluten is that you can set yourself up for nutritional deficiencies.
Whole grain breads and cereals are good sources of vitamin B. Avoiding gluten may mean you need to supplement with a multivitamin.
Whole grain wheat is a major source of fibre which is crucial to keep the bowels working properly. Most people’s diets are chronically low in fibre so taking away whole wheat can make it worse.
There are other sources of fibre like brown rice and quinoa, fruits and vegetables, and beans but you’ll need to be proactive to make sure you’re getting enough.
At The End Of The Day…
Choosing to go gluten free is going to be expensive, quite challenging and outside of needing to do it for medical reasons there is no health benefit that’ll be gained from it.
If you feel that you might have a health issue with gluten then your first step should be consulting your GP so that it can be assessed properly.