What’s The Skinny on a Gulten Free Diet?

A few weeks ago during my Biggest Loser pot luck at work, I over heard a few participants talking about gluten free products.  Some of them have had adverse reactions to gluten products and are now on gluten free diets.  I haven’t been completely in the dark about gluten free products, but I have never taken to the time to learn more about it.  So now is the time. 🙂

According to Wikipedia Gluten (from Latin gluten, “glue“) is a protein composite found in foods processed from wheat and related grain species, including barley and rye. It gives elasticity to dough, helping it to rise and to keep its shape, and often giving the final product a chewy texture.

Benefits of a Gluten Free Diet: NaturalNews.com

  • Shown to be beneficial to those suffering from thyroid disease, cystic fibrosis, multiple sclerosis, anemia, autism, and irritable bowel syndrome.
  • Eliminating gluten from the diet can also be of great benefit to those wishing to lose weight.
  • By eliminating gluten from your diet, it is also possible to increase your energy levels, lower bad cholesterol levels and even assist the body`s digestive processes.
  • Helps to eliminate symptoms such as diarrhea, bloating and excessive gas.
Things to keep in mind about a Gluten Free Diet: Health.com
  • Some of the many gluten-free products on the market can be unhealthy, Dr. Fasano says, because manufacturers add extra sugar and fat to simulate the texture and satisfying fluffiness that gluten imparts.
  • Another potential pitfall is that gluten-free products are less routinely fortified with iron and vitamins B and D than regular bread products, Sandquist says. “Vitamins B and D are the ones particularly at risk of being deficient in [gluten-sensitive] people.
  • “If you plan to go gluten free, select more fruits, vegetables, and lean meat, and more naturally gluten-free grains like brown rice, quinoa, and buckwheat, rather than just buying prepackaged products labeled “gluten free,” Sandquist says. She adds, however, that gluten-free products are “evolving” and may become healthier overall as manufacturers develop ways to fortify them.

Do you follow a gluten free diet?  How has it benefited or effected you?  Leave us a comment or tell us on Facebook or Twitter.

~Elena~

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