Gluten Free?

gklOne of the latest diet crazes is following a gluten free diet.  For some people with celiac disease or those whose systems are sensitive to gluten there is no choice but to follow this way of eating.   For others, following a gluten free diet is simply a way to  lose weight.

Gluten is a protein found in grains such as wheat, barley and rye.   In addition to these obvious foods gluten is also used in sauces,  cereals, farina, couscous,  baked goods, pasta and even beer.  The gluten protein is used to bind other ingredients.  It is in your highly processed foods which have been stripped of important nutrients your body needs.  You may or may not be able to ascertain the presence of gluten in a product just by reading a food label.  Many people think they are going gluten free simply by eliminating wheat and barley products and this is simply not the case.

Some people swear they lose weight by following a gluten free diet.  If they have replaced foods containing gluten with many more fruits and vegetables they may very well lose weight.  However, if they substitute some of the many, many new gluten free products on the market such as cake, waffles, cookies, etc. they may even gain weight.

For those who are eating a healthy diet with lots of fruits and vegetables while eliminating gluten they may feel good, have clelarer minds and have more energy.  Is this because they are not eating gluten or is it because they are simply eating more healthy foods.  Could losing weight following their healthy way of eating be just as successful if some foods containing gluten are included.

Purchasing some of the many products on the market labeled gluten free can be much more expensive than a similar item containing the gluten.  Additionally, the product with gluten may be more nutritious.

If you have been diagnosed as either gluten sensitive or with celiac disease then, of course, it is imperative that you follow a gluten free diet.

However, if you do not have either of these health problems and have just decided to go gluten free it may not be truly beneficial for you.  You may be just as healthy by following a varied healthy diet of whole foods, fresh fruits and vegetables.

Before you start with the gluten free way of eating be sure you consult with your health care professional to see if it is right for you.