Gluten is a complex protein structure that is found in food. It acts like a glue, giving shape to your food. Interestingly, the name glu – ten is derived from this glue-like property of wet dough. It’s typically found in wheat and similar food products like barley and rye.
While most people are able to tolerate gluten and experience no negative reaction from their body to gluten, people with coeliac disease, gluten sensitivity, wheat allergy or some other diseases are intolerant and have severe reactions to gluten.
Gluten free diets have become very popular. Many celebrities and athletes have claimed that everyone can benefit from a gluten-free diet. But is this true? This article explores whether it is actually a good decision to cut all gluten from your diet.
By eliminating gluten from their diets, people with coeliac disease and sensitivity to wheat experience lessening or resolution of symptoms such as abdominal pain, bloating, fatigue and diarrhea or constipation over time.
With these testimonies in mind – many people have jumped on the gluten-free bandwagon without taking into account any risks involved in doing so. Some people mistake themselves as being sensitive to gluten when they’re sensitive to other components of wheat such as fructans. Gluten is often the scapegoat when in fact, there might be other causes for symptoms of intolerance. These may be alleviated but not fully by going “gluten-free”.
In addition – there may be nutritional downsides to going gluten-free. You might not get enough Vitamin B, Fibre and Iron. Gluten free foods may have just as many calories and, replacing gluten might add a lot of fat and sugars to the foods consumed. Ultimately, you may end up taking in more calories when you eliminate gluten.
Going gluten free is not necessarily a good choice. In general, and without evidence for a specific intolerance – increasing fiber intake and reducing calories is the best way to lose weight and maintain a healthy diet.
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