Should you go gluten-free?

I’m sure you’ve heard of a “gluten-free” diet by now.

What is gluten?

Gluten is a protein found naturally in several types of grains such as wheat, barley, rye and can be found in almost all processed foods.

It’s important to know that even if the ingredient list does not state wheat, barley or rye – it can still contain gluten (food additives like modified food starch, soy sauce and malt also contain gluten)

So is it just a fad?

Gluten is a common food allergen and many people can develop an intolerance to it.

Of course, many people hop on the latest health trend, but food intolerances are real and symptoms can show up even several days after eating a problem food.

What happens when some people eat gluten?

Everyone is different! If your body is not properly digesting the gluten proteins, gluten (think a glue-like substance) will remain in your intestines, irritate your gut and flatten the microvilli along the small intestine wall resulting in array of different symptoms!

If you experience symptoms like bloating, abdominal pain, rashes, mood swings or you currently have a condition such as IBS, fibromyalgia, endometriosis, or even depression – I would recommend giving a “gluten-free” diet a go!

If you feel better without it, stick with it. If you don’t notice a difference in your body composition, sleep, mood or energy levels – add it back in! It’s that simple. 

If you do decide to try a gluten-free diet, I recommend sticking with real foods that are naturally gluten free instead of choosing processed foods that are labelled “gluten free”.

Think lean proteins, healthy fats, antioxidant rich fruits and vegetables and legumes!

Just because something is labelled “gluten free”, it does not necessarily mean that it is healthy. It is just simply gluten-free.

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