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The Truth about Gluten

Everyone is going gluten free and they have restuarants serving gluten free food. So what’s up with gluten and it’s increasing intolearnce?

What is Gluten?

Gluten refers to the proteins found in wheat, rye and barley. Some people need to avoid it, the others do not have to!

If you are diagnosed with celiac or gluten tolerance. Then you must avoid wheat, maida, barley, etc. You can use buckwheat flour, coconut flour and cassava flour.

So why are everyone going crazy about Gluten-free?

As you knock off 4-5 kilos immediately after going gluten-free. And weight loss is such a phenomena, that everyone always wants to keep dropping their weight.

Symptoms of Gluten-intolerance

  • Bloating
  • Nausia, Loose-motions, Constipation, Indigestion, Gas-aches.
  • Joint pain, Numbness in fingers & feet, Low bone density.

Gluten-free snacks are healthy?

Super markets are flooded with “Glute free healthy snacks.” But when you read the label, you see sugars, unhealthy additives, potato flour, tapioca starch which are bad alternates. Just because you are saying a “No” to wheat. Ensure that you don’t eat substitutes that have zero nutrient and lots of fat. Be wise.

Why is a gluten-free diet  not recommended for everyone?

If you are not diagnosed with gluten intolerance. It is best to thoroughly weigh the pros and cons before going completely gluten-free. It is also important to keep in mind that when you choose to go on a gluten-free diet, you understand you’re eliminating a major category of food from your diet (grains). Which can put you at risk for nutrient deficiencies. Some of the most common deficiencies  include iron, folate, niacin, thiamin, riboflavin, and calcium.

The majority of these nutrients are fortified in grains. But many gluten-free products are not fortified and therefore lack these essential vitamins and minerals. Supplementing with a multivitamin may also be needed to prevent any deficiencies. Many gluten-free products also lack fiber, which can lead to constipation. So, paying close attention to your whole grain intake as well as increasing your fruit and vegetable intake. As a healthy living is much imporatant than being thin and unhealthy.

Be careful of your food choices!

Iti jain

 

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ItI jain

Yogi. Blogger. Storyteller After, a decade of being a fitness enthusiast and various trial and errors with corporate jobs and teaching (post a PG degree in Management).


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