Should You be on a Gluten Free Diet?

 

Do you get gas? How about heartburn? Do you feel tired and sluggish after pasta dinners and around 2PM in the afternoon?

 

This could be a sign you need a gluten free diet.

 

What Is Gluten?

Gluten is a protein in wheat, rye, and barley. When we bake, it forms long thin strings in the dough that gives breads their puffiness and pizza the super-thin crust that can still hold the sauce and cheese.

Anything that contains wheat, rye, or barley contains gluten. This includes:

  • Breads
  • Baked goods – cookies, brownies, pastries
  • Pastas
  • Cereals

But, they also add wheat to things you wouldn’t think of:

  • Soy sauce
  • Meat products
  • Chips
  • Frozen meals
  • Protein bars
  • And most processed foods.

 

Gluten is unnecessary for our diets and can be detrimental. It is only in the past 200-300 years that breads have become fluffy and glutinous. Before, they were dense and allowed to rise slowly through active fermentation (which negates many problems of gluten).

 

Gluten blocks or retards the absorption of:

  • Iron
  • Calcium – necessary for strong bones
  • Folate
  • Vitamin B12 – low on this, low on energy
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin D – we need this to reverse depression
  • Vitamin E – needed for memory recall
  • Vitamin K.

 

Should You Stop All Breads Right Now?

Maybe. If you have any of the problems on the list below, it wouldn’t be a bad idea.

 

Gluten Intolerant or Celiac Disease

 

Celiac disease is a new autoimmune disorder that makes the immune system attack the body in the presence of gluten. These people require a wheat free diet and can react the same to gluten as some do to a bee sting: it can be fatal.

 

Fortunately, 97% of the people who feel bad on gluten only have a gluten intolerance. This is the digestive system becoming inflamed and irritated when you eat gluten. This inflammation causes:

  • Heartburn
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea or constipation (or both alternating)

If the inflammation spreads through the body:

  • Insulin resistance
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Joint swelling and aching
  • Infertility
  • Osteoporosis
  • Nerve damage
  • And just about every other ache and pain out there

 

This relates to us women as we get older. As we hit menopause, the hormones in our bodies cause all sorts of issues. Read this article to learn more.

It’s the inflammation we need to watch. This makes all the problems of menopause much worse. Avoiding gluten can reduce and eliminate the suffering.

 

The Problems With Gluten Free Foods

 

If you replaced breads with fruits and vegetables, you get more vitamins, minerals, and fibers than ever before. Don’t believe the hype you need breads because of the artificially added vitamins. It’s nothing more than a marketing trick by the Grain Industry.

Like Low-Fat, Lite, and Natural, gluten-free is a catch phrase. Gluten-free only means 97% gluten free.

 

Plus, replacing wheat with another grain doesn’t make food any healthier. For example: Gluten-free cookies tend to have more chemical ingredients, artificial flavorings, and sugars than the regular cookies. They can have longer negative health impacts than the gluten cookies.

Plus, they are more expensive and often don’t taste great. You won’t lose weight just replacing one bad snack with another.

 

Conclusion

Gluten free is an extreme diet that is challenging to follow and only works if done correctly.

We recommend going gluten reduced: Exchange breads, pastas, and processed foods with healthy fruits, vegetables, and homemade meals. Yes, it takes more work right now. It will save you time, money, and your health in the long run. And we want to be explorers and have fun into our 80s and 90s, right?

 

https://authoritynutrition.com/what-is-gluten/

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http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/to-gluten-or-not-to-gluten-2016102410521

https://authoritynutrition.com/gluten-sensitivity-is-real/

http://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/ditch-the-gluten-improve-your-health

 

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