Is Gluten-Free a healthy option?

A gluten-free diet is the only option for people with celiac disease, a severe gluten intolerance. However, several people who are not celiac are also eating gluten free foods as a choice of their own!

Gluten is a general name for the proteins found in wheat, rye, barley and triticale (a cross between wheat and rye) Gluten Is known for helping foods maintain their shape, acting as a glue that holds food together. Gluten can be found in many types of foods, so its best to keep an eye out! Consuming the smallest amount of gluten can cause health problems for people with celiac disease, as they cannot digest gluten at all. Following a diet that includes gluten can lead to severe illness.

Foods to avoid

• Foods containing wheat, barley, triticale, rye, and malt
• Breads
• Beer
• Selective confectionary
• Cereals/Oats
• Cakes and pies
• Crisps
• Pastas
• Processed meats
• Selective sauce mixes and sauces
• Malt derivatives, including malt loaf, malt vinegar, brewer’s yeast, and malt-based beer and malted milk or milk shakes
• Variety types of soy sauce

As listed above are foods to avoid, having said this, this does not mean there are no alternatives or gluten free versions of these food!

Anyone who needs to follow a gluten-free diet should check the food label to make sure there is no gluten in the product. Products sold as gluten-free may contain traces of gluten, especially if they were made in a factory that also produced regular wheat-based products.

Foods to eat

Many foods are naturally gluten-free. These include:
• Fruits and Vegetables
• Fresh Eggs
• Fresh Meats
• Fish and Poultry
• Unprocessed beans
• Seeds and Nuts
• Most dairy products
• White rice
• Tapioca
There are numerous health benefits, many of which are as listed as below:
• Improves cholesterol levels
• Increases energy levels
• Eliminates unhealthy and processed foods from your diet (oils, fried food, breads, and desserts to name a few)
• More likely to eat fruits and vegetables because they are all gluten-free
• Reduces your risk of heart disease, certain cancers, and diabetes
• Helps ward off viruses and germs as many foods you will now eat will contain more antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals
• Promotes healthy weight-loss
• Improves health of people with irritable bowel syndrome and arthritis

There are many benefits of eating gluten free foods, it has positive effects on your health long time. Being gluten free is not as boring as it sounds, it’s worth researching into it!

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