Should you try and go gluten-free?
You might want to think about going gluten-free even if you don’t have celiac disease. If you are considering making a change to your diet, this might be one of the first things you want to try.
There are multiple reasons, why you might want to go gluten-free, but let’s review the basic facts first.
What is Gluten?
In a nutshell, it’s a general term for a group of proteins found in grains such as wheat, barley and rye. It is like a glue what holds the grain together and in shape. It can be found in pasta, bread, baked goods, cereals and more unsuspecting places like soy sauce, salad dressings, deli meats, cheese, candy, alcohol, fried food, medications and many, many more!
If you are trying to avoid gluten, you definitely need to read labels!
Why has gluten become a problem?
The grains we consume today are far from the same as what our grandparents were eating. Like most, our modern wheat is a hybrid plant which was modified to increase yield-per-acre.
Now the wheat is around 2 feet tall. Even just 50 years ago the wheat stood about half feet tall and had more nutritional value and was sprayed with far fewer pesticides.
Do you have a Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity?
There are many people diagnosed with Gluten allergy or Celiac Disease, but there are also millions who have not been diagnosed with either of these conditions but feel better once they stop consuming gluten. Professionals refer to it as a Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity.
These are some of the commonly reported symptoms :
- Stomach upset
- Headaches and migraines
- Brain fog
- Depression, anxiety and other mood disorders
- Joint pain and muscle cramps
- Skin problems
These symptoms and sign can show up immediately after the consumption of gluten or they might take up several days to show up. The only way how to know for sure if gluten is causing the symptoms is to try eliminating it from your diet to see if symptoms improve.
Apart from this, even if you don’t have any kind these symptoms, there are 5 reasons why to go Gluten-free.
- Wheat contains gluten and wheat is one of the top eight allergens. You might not even know you are allergic to it as you might think you have just upset stomach, if that’s the case for you often, you should do and try Gluten-free diet.
- Wheat is proinflammatory. It can convert to glucose in the body causing a spike in insulin levels which can cause a rise of inflammation.
- Gluten-containing foods may block the absorption of key vitamins and minerals in the gut. Gluten can reduce the production of digestive enzymes that are needed to help break down foods and aid in nutrient absorption.
- Modern wheat has a little to nutritional value. Today’s wheat manufactures take out all the nutrients from wheat in the refining process. They sometimes actually have to enrich the product with synthetic nutrients. But that does not make it a nutritional superfood!
- Many people might have gluten sensitivity and don’t even know it. It’s estimated that up to 70% of the population suffers from gluten sensitivity. Though some health professionals think that as much as 100% suffers from some type of sensitivity to gluten.
I think these are big enough reasons why to try and go Gluten-free and see the benefits of it! There is plenty of choice on the shelves in the supermarket, small businesses and even delicious cakes, that you are definitely not gonna miss your typical gluten packed bread and cakes!