As I was walking through the aisle of the grocery store I couldn’t help noticing more and more items on the shelves are now saying gluten free.
Gluten And Celiac Disease
Gluten is a mixture of proteins found in wheat and related grains, including barley, rye and oats. Gluten gives elasticity to dough, helping it rise and keeps its shape and often gives the final product a chewy texture.
Gluten free products are intended for people with celiac disease, for health reasons should refrain from eating wheat, barley, and rye with gluten. Celiac disease is an immune disorder in which people cannot tolerate gluten because it damages the inner lining of their small intestine and prevents it from absorbing nutrients. Someone who has celiac disease will have symptoms such as diarrhea, anemia, bone pain, and a severe skin rash called dermatitis Herpetiformis. It's not uncommon for someone with Celiace disease to not know if he or she has this disease because it often has few or no symptoms
I Don’t Have Celiac Disease. Why A My Eating Gluten Free Products
More people now are reaching for gluten free items because they think it’s healthier. Most people who buy gluten free products don’t have celiac disease or even sensitive to wheat. People with celiac disease, a gluten-free diet are necessary. But for others who don’t suffer from this disease should not maintain a gluten free diet. Gluten free diet lacks vitamins, minerals, and fiber. We rob our body of essential vitamins when we consume gluten free products. Whole grains supply our body with vitamins and minerals, such as B vitamins and iron, as well as fiber. Studies show that whole grain foods, as part of a healthy diet, may help lower risk of heart disease, type-2 diabetes, and some forms of cancer. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that half of all carbohydrates in the diet come from whole grain products.
Risks With A Gluten-Free Diet
When you are on a gluten-free diet it means that your body is not getting the right amount of nutrition which can lead to malnutrition and deficiencies in our body. The lack of dietary fiber in your diet can lead to constipation as well. A gluten-free diet may potentially cause a decrease in the amount of beneficial bacteria in the gut (Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus), which can negatively impact the immune system. Before you decided to switch to a gluten free diet you should consult with your doctor and a nutritionist.