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Healthy Eating: Gluten Free Diet

Embarking on a gluten-free journey can be both a beacon of hope for those with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, and a trend that has captured the attention of health enthusiasts worldwide. In this blog post, we’ll explore the ins and outs of a gluten-free diet, its benefits, and how to navigate a world full of gluten temptations.

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Keilani Sanders

5/4/20252 min read

person holding baked bread
person holding baked bread

What is Gluten?

Gluten is a structural protein that is found in wheat, barley, and rye. Going gluten free means eating only foods that do not contain any gluten in them, such as vegetables, fruits, meat, eggs, and gluten-free pasta or gluten-free bread.

Gluten is a structural protein that is found in wheat, barley, and rye. Going gluten free means eating only foods that do not contain any gluten in them, such as vegetables, fruits, meat, eggs, and gluten-free pasta or gluten-free bread.

Why Go Gluten Free?

There has been a lot of media attention around going gluten free in recent years. Wheat and gluten had been cast in such a negative light many individuals are opting to avoid it altogether.

Going gluten free can be beneficial for individuals suffering from certain medical conditions, and allergies.

Who is the Gluten Free Diet Best For?

Individuals with a gluten sensitivity

Naturally, for anyone who has a gluten allergy or sensitivity, it would be recommended they remove gluten from their diets.

We currently do not have a clear definition for gluten sensitivity or a proper test to diagnose it. Today, generally a ROADMAP diet or temporary eating plan which eliminates foods that can irritate the gut. If gluten is the culprit you may notice an improvement in symptoms such as:

  • Fatigue

  • Abdominal Pain

  • Bloating

  • Diarrhea

  • Gas

  • Constipation

Individuals with Celiac Disease

Celiac disease is an autoimmune response to gluten which causes the body to attack the small intestine. Symptoms of Celiac disease include nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhea or bloating.

Individuals with Wheat Allergy

Individuals with a wheat allergy are advised to avoid gluten products containing wheat. Other grains containing gluten such as barley and rye should be fine.

Benefits of Going Gluten Free

There are health concerns for individuals going gluten free who do not have a medical reason to do so. The reason for this is that cutting out the grains necessary to follow a gluten-free diet can cause a nutrient deficiency. These deficiencies include:

  • Iron

  • Calcium

  • Fiber

  • Folate

  • Thiamin

  • Riboflavin

  • Niacin

Does Going Gluten Free Help With Weight Loss

Going gluten free can be conducive to weight loss, however, the outcome can be deceiving as to the reality of what is causing the weight loss.

Limiting foods containing wheat and other grains containing gluten is essential limiting your carbohydrate consumption mirroring the results of a low carb diet.

To find out more about the effects of the gluten-free diet on weight loss check out this Article.

Conclusion

Going gluten free can be beneficial for individuals suffering from certain health conditions such as, wheat allergy, celiac disease, or a gluten sensitivity.

For most individuals limiting gluten intake by limiting intake of refined grains, and most importantly focusing on consuming quality grains such as;

  • Rye

  • Buckwheat

  • Brown Rice

  • Teff

  • Quinoa

  • Oats