Why gluten free is the way to be!
'Gluten Free' is everywhere: supermarkets, magazines, and celebrity diets.
Does it have real health advantages? Can it help you lose weight and stay healthy?
Gluten is a protein found in certain types of grain such as wheat, rye, barley. These grains can cause an autoimmune reaction in the small intestine, resulting in symptoms ranging from stomach pain and nutrient malabsorption.
Most of us unknowingly love it, because gluten gives our favorite foods that special touch. It makes pizza dough stretchy, gives bread its spongy texture, and is used to thicken sauces and soups.
Here are some reasons you may want to go gluten free.
Wheat is a pro-inflammatory agent. A pro-inflammatory agent is rapidly converted to sugar, causing a rise in the body’s insulin levels, causing a burst of inflammation at the cellular level, among other problems.
Wheat can cause leaky gut syndrome. Leaky gut syndrome is a condition whereby stuff is leaking from your gut into your bloodstream, stuff that shouldn’t be there, such as toxins.
Refined wheat has little nutritional value. Did you know that manufacturers actually have to enrich refined wheat because they’ve taken out all the nutrients? And even then, the wheat is not that valuable, nutritionally speaking.
Wheat is one of the top-eight allergens. Millions of people are allergic to wheat — so many, in fact, that it has made it onto the top-eight allergen list.
Many people have gluten sensitivity or celiac disease, and don’t know it. So, how many people fall into this category? No one knows for sure. But 1 in 100 people have celiac disease, but most don’t know it. No one knows how many people have gluten sensitivity, but estimates are that it may be as high as 50 percent, or even 70 percent, of the population.
Some gluten free grain options include Amaranth, Buckwheat, Millet, Quinoa, Rice and Corn.
We will post some Quinoa recipes in the next few weeks and a Buckwheat recipe after this post.
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