You’ve seen gluten free products everywhere by now, and you may be wondering how healthy a gluten-free lifestyle is. The real question is: are there benefits to going gluten free even if you aren’t gluten intolerant? It is healthier? Here’s the lowdown on all that is gluten free!
Why the Gluten Free Option Exists
People with gluten intolerance or who have celiac disease need to avoid gluten to avoid gastrointestinal distress, joint pain and skin rashes. In a gluten-free diet, gluten (the protein found in wheat, rye and barley) is taken out.
It’s one of the most common misconceptions out there: that removing gluten from your diet will help you to lose weight and be healthier. If you don’t have a gluten allergy or intolerance, then it won’t do you much good on the extra poundage front.
Do You Have an Intolerance?
The only way to know for sure if you have a gluten intolerance or celiac disease is to have a blood test done. Just be aware that you will need to still be eating gluten in order for the test results to be accurate.
The Benefits of Going Gluten Free
One of the biggest benefits is that if you are gluten sensitive then your symptoms should subside. It’s also nice because removing gluten gives you more whole grain choices such as quinoa, millet and rice. Plus, the gluten free flours that are offered are usually made from ingredients such as quinoa, almonds and beans – and those are much healthier choices than bleached white flour.
The Drawbacks of Going Gluten Free
If you are basing your gluten free diet on prepackaged gluten-free foods then you run the danger of developing nutrient deficiencies. It also takes a lot of diligence to remove gluten from your diet because you have to know how the items you are eating were processed.
If you’re trying to lose weight, going gluten free may not help. Gluten free foods are not the same as low-carb foods. Plus, replacing gluten with processed foods – even if gluten free- will not help you to lose weight and can actually cause weight gain if gone about the wrong way.
If you are not gluten intolerant and don’t have celiac disease, you may just be better off trying to eat a balanced diet full of whole grains, fruits and veggies instead of focusing on the gluten!
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