Should I eat gluten-free foods? This is a fantastic question that many people are asking right now. Recently gluten-free diets has been a hot topic and for a good reason.
What is gluten?
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley that provides it with its spongy texture. Gluten allergies can vary from wheat allergies, gluten sensitivity to celiac disease.
Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that causes a person’s immune system to attack the person’s intestines when they eat gluten. Ultimately the villi (which absorb food’s nutrients) in the stomach are destroyed and the person is unable to digest properly. It’s estimated that 1 in 141 people in the United States has celiac disease.
For those suffering from celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, the clear course of treatment is to strictly remove gluten from their diet. For others who don’t have the disease or are unsure if they do or don’t, there are still benefits to making an effort to reduce gluten in one’s diet.
Gluten is most often found in fatty, fried, processed foods. It is also naturally found in items like barley, rye, and bread flours.
How to transition to gluten free foods
When replacing gluten, be sure to use high-quality whole-grains, nuts and seeds.
Many of the gluten-free substitutes that we provide are not only high in protein and fiber, but also vitamins, minerals and amino acids. This is important because while the body is recovering from the autoimmune issues, the food that is being eaten is high in important nutrients. This will aid in your ability to recover and your overall health.
Making the switch from processed flour to whole grains is beneficial as well. Whole grains have high nutrient levels and are beneficial to any whole foods diet.
The caveat with eating a gluten-free diet is that many people feel that because they are being deprived of gluten, they should be able to eat more of other things like refined sugars, fats, etc. If someone is going to make the switch to whole grains, it is important that they focus on eating a healthy well-balanced diet all around.
Grains that we would recommend people use as substitutes are things like quinoa, oats, millet, and buckwheat. In addition to these grains, many nuts and seeds make great flour substitutes. For example, almonds, pecans, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, and coconut flour are powerhouse foods that are also delicious in breads, cookies, and other baked goods.
Benefits of gluten-free foods
The bottom line is that cutting out fatty and processed foods is a great thing for your diet. By eliminating gluten foods, you’ll be eliminating unhealthy oils, carbohydrates.
Many times, because a person in cutting out gluten-foods, it promotes a healthier eating habit that leads to weight loss. A gluten-free diet doesn’t guarantee weight-loss but if used correctly, will lead to a healthier lifestyle.
Have you done it?
Do you eat gluten-free? Comment below to let us know and tell others if you would recommend it or not.