For the past years, gluten-free food could only be found in health stores and was only available to the select few. But now that it has become one of the latest health fads, you can now find them at the supermarket aisles and even restaurants are labeling their menu items with gluten-free or providing options for gluten free items.
Gluten is a protein that can be found in barley, rye or wheat and there are a number of people whose bodies cannot tolerate them. With the new options that are starting to crop up, it has become a blessing for these select few. Now though, people are turning the gluten-free option to the latest fad. It has suddenly become very hip and in if you are into gluten free food. Some are actually turning gluten-free just to treat autism, lose weight, boost their energy or even just to feel healthier.
According to the director of clinical research, Dr. Daniel Leffler at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center located in Boston, there are indeed people who are sensitive to gluten and they will definitely feel better if they avoid ingesting it. But, for those people who are not in need of these products will most likely not benefit from it. In fact, they will only be spending more money since these specialized products are expensive. Dr. Leffler, the assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, made sure to mention these facts to inform more people.
People who cannot tolerate gluten have what we call celiac disease. They cannot ingest even small amounts. Imagine, 50 milligrams of gluten or the equivalent of a small crouton can already wreak havoc in their system. When gluten enters the bloodstream of people who are afflicted with celiac disease, it starts to trigger a response in the immune system of their body that can damage the lining of their small intestine. When this happens, that person’s ability to absorb nutrition is affected and they become prone to a number of symptoms. They can even lead to other problems like infertility, osteoporosis, seizures or nerve damage.
Before, when celiac disease wasn’t very well know, doctors had to do a process of elimination just to recognize it. Now, with a simple blood test, the disease can already be diagnosed or identified when antibodies against transglutaminase are found. Then to confirm the results, a biopsy of the intestine has to be done.
When you decide to go gluten free, you have to start giving up a number of things like, bread, pasta, cereal, pizza and beer. You also have to be wary of other products like soy sauce, frozen vegetables, “natural flavorings”, mineral and vitamin supplements and even toothpaste. There are still a number of things that you need to watch out for; this is why it’s very challenging to be truly gluten-free.
When you avoid a lot of things, you are still depriving our body with the necessary vitamins. This becomes troublesome especially with people who are pregnant or who need folic acid. Plus, if you avoid whole wheat you will have problems with your bowel movement and you might even experience chronic constipation. You will need to supplement your dietary fiber with fruits and other grains like brown rice, quinoa, vegetables and beans.
You need to understand though that this diet was created for those who are truly afflicted and suffering from the disease. For them, even the slightest taste or if they ingest a tiny bit of gluten, they already experience awful pains. They also have to be extremely careful with all the items they take. So, do not be surprised some of them will be annoyed when they hear that you’re following the latest “ diet fad”.
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