‘Gluten Free’ a word that has become increasingly popular in the past few years but is it really bad for you? I will be exploring as much as I know about Gluten! Get clued up before you start restricting foods from your diet.
First of all let me tell you what Gluten actually is. It is a general name for the proteins found in wheat and related grains. It has viscoelastic properties which are very useful in maintaining the foods shape. By restricting Gluten from your diet you are getting rid of nutritional grains such as spelt, barley and rye, which are very fibrous.
“ Many people may just perceive that a gluten-free diet is healthier.” In fact, it isn’t. For people with celiac disease, a gluten-free diet is essential. But for others, “unless people are very careful, a gluten-free diet can lack vitamins, minerals, and fiber,” – Dr Green PhD
I often see a lot of people spending double and sometimes triple the amount of money on Gluten-free products when there really is no need to at all, even if you are gluten intolerant. Coeliacs must not eat gluten as it is an inherited autoimmune disease that causes damage to the small intestine when gluten is ingested. 1 in 133 people in the US have coeliac disease. (Dr Michael Greger)
Oats contain a different type of Gluten which is a lot easier to digest. You have to be very careful with all the ‘Gluten-free’ branded products as it is predominately a money making scheme.
“Oats contain avenin, which is a protein similar to gluten. However, research has shown that most people with coeliac disease can safely eat avenin. Problems can occur if oats are produced in the same place as wheat, barley and rye, as the oats can become contaminated with these other grains.” – Coeliac.org
So in conclusion it really is up to you if want to go Gluten free or not (unless you have no choice!) but I recommend unless you are coeliac or react awfully bad to eating gluten, honestly it’s better if you stop wasting money on expensive Gluten free products and get your wheat game back on 💪🏻🔥