Is Gluten-Free Right For You?

From weight gain, to gastrointestinal pain, many different books, media sources, and celebrities are pointing the finger at wheat as being the cause of all their problems. One of the most talked-about health books right now is Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight and Find Your Path Back to Health, a New York Times bestseller by U.S. cardiologist Dr. William Davis.

Celiac disease occurs when the small intestine is unable to properly digest gluten, a protein that appears in wheat as well as other grains such as barley, rye and spelt. For Celiacs, a gluten-free diet is highly recommended to get rid of the pain and to stop further damage from happening in the body. Others might also have a wheat allergy, where a gluten-free diet is also recommended, but a wheat allergy doesn’t do damage to your intestine like Celiac disease does.

It’s important to realize that when you cut out all of one food group, you are going to lack certain nutrients that come from that group, so it’s important to plan accordingly.

Kim Kardashian made headlines when she announced that she had cut wheat from her diet and lost weight from it. It’s amazing how much celebrities and media sources have on the public and guide people into believing something that might not be true.

Sure, eating a gluten-free diet will definitely make you feel better if you are having a problem digesting gluten, but don’t trust resources where they are telling you to cut out gluten products just to lose weight. Look for reliable resources and studies before believing everything that you hear.
What are your thoughts/comments?

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/story/2012/10/05/f-anti-wheat-diet.html by Andre Mayer

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2 thoughts on “Is Gluten-Free Right For You?

  1. If a person isn’t gluten intolerant, then it isn’t necessary for them to cut gluten entirely. However, many people use gluten filled products as a sort of filler in their diets. So, instead of cutting gluten to lose weight, they should be encouraged to look at the nutritional roll of the food they put in their body. I encourage clients to examine what they are eating and have them look for more nutrient packed alternatives which oftentimes leads to them cutting down on their gluten consumption.

  2. Living with a celiac I eat a reduced gluten diet and it actually does make me feel better. (Corn or rice pasta = no pasta-belly!) But what it’s really done, is made me an even better label reader. Many packaged gluten-free products are not necessarily healthier–they often have a lot more cholesterol due to that lack of gluten to bind the product. I’d say eating whole foods and grains is a better way to reduce weight (along with exercise) and to be conscious of the gluten consumption is something everyone should take a look at.

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