This subject has exploded over the last 5 years, and everyone is talking now about gluten. If you listen closely, most people will claim that gluten is a bad thing. What they aren’t aware of, is that most people can digest gluten just fine, and there are no health risks to eating it. For others with certain conditions, gluten can irritate the bowel and other parts of the body. Today we are going to explore just what gluten is and whether are not it can be bad for you.
What Gluten Actually Is
Put simply, gluten is a protein found in many foods like bread, pasta, and pastries. You would be surprised about just how many foods have gluten in them in one form or another. A lot of additives like flour are extremely common in processed foods, usually for the purpose of consistancy or thickening. This means that even foods that wouldn’t appear to have gluten in it still usually do. Here is a quick list of gluten-rich foods:
Wheat – Like bread, pasta, baked goods, cereals, and sauces.
Rye – Like rye breads and cereals.
Barley – Like malt, soups, beer, and food coloring.
Who Gluten Affects Negatively
If you have celiacs disease gluten makes life a living hell. Celiacs disease is an autoimmune condition, meaning that your own body’s immune system will attack your own organs as a result of its triggers. Gluten triggers an immune system response that results in the body attacking its own small intestine, and causing lasting damage. This is terrible for many reasons, and having this disease means that you need to be sure to find a treatment that works, and also stay away from gluten as a whole.
Even the smallest amount of gluten in food that is eaten can result in severe abdominal pain, headaches, and slew of other terrible symptoms.
Gluten also can affect those who suffer from crohn’s or irritable bowel syndrome, which are also autoimmune diseases. Studies show that gluten negatively impacts the digestive track when you have these conditions, and minimizing or total elimination of from the diet will usually provide some relief.
I myself have crohn’s disease and can speak to this. Whenever my symptoms start to become out of control, also known as a flare, its a big indicator that diet may be one of the larger factors. Autoimmune diseases have triggers, and these can be food, enviorment, or mental state. Stress is probably the most common trigger.
Gluten Intollerant People
There are cases where individuals have bad reactions to gluten but do not neccisarily have a disease, generally known as being gluten intolerant. They suffer from many similar symptoms, but the degree of severity is usually less. This does not mean that this issue is any less serious, and anyone who can learn this about themselves should begin to phase these certain foods out of their diet immediately.
There are some cautions when trying to do this, because the nutritents of foods containing gluten are absolutely vital for a rounded diet. Those who purge these foods from their lives need to be esspecially careful to replace the hole of nutrients that will be left behind with this lifestyle.
With Benefits, Come Risks
Lets talk about what you can do to minimize the risks of going gluten-free. Above we mentioned that you will be losing important nutritents when you cut out the tons of foods that happen to contain gluten. The protein itself is not nutritious, but the foods that contain it have a multitude of carbs, fibers, and vitamins.
The first thing you could do would be to start taking a multivitamin each day, to supplement your vitamin intake.
Next, start to stick to the basics of nutrition. When it comes to a gluten-free diet, natural foods will be your best bet. Stick to chicken and fish, and lots of fruits and vegetables. This may seem obvious, but let us be clear: You will need to objectively injest more of these foods each day to fully circumvent malnutrition. Slowly start to incorporate a full array of these foods more and more every day, unless it becomes a second nature habit.
The benefits of this diet absolutely outweight the risks if you are suffering from any of the conditions we covered. If you listen to the few peices of advice we offered, its absolutely possible to transition onto this diet without any adverse affacts.
Being gluten-free can seem like a true nuisanse, but what is hopefully is that the market on gluten-free foods in the USA and other countries has absolutely exploded. There are more options available than ever before, and its only a matter of time until food producers will be able to replace gluten without customers even noticing. With hundreds of thousands on gluten-free diets currently, we are sure to keep seeing the increase of the validity and popularity of this effective diet.Follow us on social media: