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Gluten-Free Diet: Fad or Lifestyle?

Gluten-Free Diet: Fad or Lifestyle?


There are many diets and nutrition trends that come and go with new discoveries and scientific findings. There is one particular diet that has held pretty strong over the past decade though. 

The 'Gluten Free Diet' is actually still trending upward in popularity and there are more findings everyday about how it effects people.

What is the reason for its sustainability and popularity? What are the benefits? What even is gluten?! We're going to give you the low down on everything gluten and whether or not you should be removing it from your diet.

What is Gluten?

Gluten is a general name for the proteins found in grains like wheat, rye and barley. Of all these grains, wheat is the one that is most highly consumed.

You would be surprised how gluten can disguise itself in the everyday foods that we eat. There are grains in many foods that are commonly consumed. This can lead to over consumption.

Excessive gluten can be damaging to your digestive system, especially for people who have a gluten intolerance. There are varying degrees of gluten intolerance, ranging from slight sensitivity to complete intolerance and severe allergy.

There are many 'trigger foods' that you should avoid when focusing on a gluten-free diet. Here are a few that are the known culprits to make people feel bloated and over satiated. 

 

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10 Benefits of Going Gluten-Free:

1. Improves Energy Levels

2. Supports Digestive Health

3. Promotes Healthy Inflammatory Respone

4. Supports Cardiovascular Health

5. Less Cravings for Junk Foods

6. Promotes Detoxification

7. Supports Weight Management

8. Prevents Bloating and Fatigue

9. Supports the Immune System

10. Improves Health and Well-Being

 

Fad or Lifestyle?

We know now that someone with an extreme gluten intolerance or condition should not be consuming it on a daily basis or ever.

But what about people without a huge gluten allergy? Can going Gluten-Free be beneficial or is it all hype?

Most packaged products contain gluten and are highly consumed by many on a daily basis. This ranges from cereals, breads, pasta, baked goods, dressings, sauces and beers.

Cutting back on these gluten products can help anybody improve their health. These means, less chemicals, modifications, artificial ingredients and processed foods.

That doesn't sound much like fad talk, those facts are substantiated. A Gluten-Free Lifestyle with real fruits, vegetables and organic foods will help you detoxify.

 

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References:

1.  “What Is Gluten?” Celiac Disease Foundation, celiac.org/live-gluten-free/glutenfreediet/what-is-gluten/.

2.  Strawbridge, Holly. “Going Gluten-Free Just Because? Here's What You Need to Know.” Harvard Health Blog, 8 Jan. 2018, www.health.harvard.edu/blog/going-gluten-free-just-because-heres-what-you-need-to-know-201302205916.

3.  “The Health Benefits of a Gluten-Free Diet.” BistroMD, www.bistromd.com/gluten-free/the-health-benefits-of-a-gluten-free-diet.

4. “Gluten-Free Foods List: 54 Foods You Can Eat.” Healthline, Healthline Media, www.healthline.com/nutrition/gluten-free-foods




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