2 years ago, I had never even heard of gluten. Ok, maybe it was mentioned at some point in my studies in high school or college, but when gluten free products started showing up everywhere, I had to figure out what gluten was and why people were needing to remove it from their diets.
From my readings, I have seen that most sources recommend for people to remove gluten from their diet as a method for improving digestion problems and the symptoms of celiac. “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.”
I am not trying to be insensitive to people with celiac disease or a gluten intolerance, but doesn’t it seem like this diagnosis has exploded over the past few years?
“Celiac disease is a condition that damages the lining of the small intestine and prevents it from absorbing parts of food that are important for staying healthy. The damage is due to a reaction to eating gluten, which is found in wheat, barley, rye, and possibly oats” (NIH).
For individuals with celiac disease, symptoms can include abdominal pain, constipation, lactose intolerance, depression, fatigue, and unexpected weight loss. According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), however, the exact cause of celiac is unknown. So what is causing it? Has something changed in the food we’re eating, thus causing Celiac? What are we doing to our bodies to create this intolerance and how can we get better?
As I shared yesterday, there is some crazy stuff in our foods. Processed foods are full of so many disgusting fillers, and although it may taste good, what do you think those fillers are doing to your body? Now I am no doctor, but I’d think that all that extra crap in our foods is making us sick and I’m sure the intolerance to gulten isn’t helping (since it’s in just about everything).
Grains and baked foods containing gluten
|Bread and bread rolls||Rye bread, pumpernickel||Yorkshire pudding|
|Pretzels||Cakes||Stuffings and dressings|
|Muffins||Pastry or pie crust||Pancakes|
|Biscuits or cookies||Pasta – macaroni, spaghetti, etc.||Crispbreads|
|Bulgar wheat||Durham||Crumble toppings|
|All Bran||Sponge puddings||Breadcrumbed ham|
|Barley water drinks||Malted milk drinks||Muesli|
Foods containing hidden gluten
|Sausages||Luncheon meat||Blue cheese|
|Gravy powder and browning||Matzo flour/meal||Shredded suet|
|Seitan (doesn’t contain gluten, it IS gluten!)||Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein (HVP)||Baked beans|
|Farina||Meat and fish pastes||Paté|
|Self basting turkeys||Sauces||Communion wafers|
|Brown rice syrup||Cheap brands of chocolate||Potato crisps/chips|
|Soy sauce||Drinking chocolate||Licorice|
|Chutneys and pickles||Salad dressings||Curry powder|
|White pepper||Malt vinegar||Play Dough|
|Supplements||Some toothpastes||Some lipsticks|
|Some pharmaceutical products||Hard candy||Imitation crab meat|
So here’s the big question, if removing gluten from our diets helps to improve our digestive health and treat celiac, why are we eating gluten to begin with?
Tera Warner shares that removing gluten from your diet can
- Boost your health and energy
- Your hormones and weight will naturally balance (uber interesting if you ask me)
- Your uncontrollable craving to over eat will vanish
- Untreated gluten intolerance can lead to pre-mature aging and cancer
- You will absorb more of the nutrients in your food
So what’s my conclusion? Removing gluten from your diet will only help you, not harm you. Based on my readings and research, removing gluten from your diet is a positive and beneficial decision. If you remember my 21 day detox, the plan does not have you eating any gluten and you’re actually only able to add back gluten-free grains on the third week of the diet. So am I joining the movement? Not entirely, but I do want to strive to continue to keep over processed foods from my diets and limit gluten-free foods when possible.
What are your thoughts?
**Please understand that these are just my thoughts and opinions. I am no doctor, just a curious and observant being.
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