If you’ve been around the block a couple of times, you’ve probably heard the term gluten free. What exactly is gluten free? Well, to explain that, we need to take a look at what gluten is specifically.
Gluten is a protein found in many grain foods. It’s great to use for cooking as it can add flavor, texture, and make your foods thicker. It’s a great source of protein without having to eat meat if you’re a vegetarian. The problem is that many people have developed intolerance for it. So, they need to stay away from gluten or they will become ill.
If you’re intolerant or know someone who is intolerant to gluten, then watch out for foods that contain durum, einkorn, grahmam, karmut, and semolina. People who are intolerant to gluten may have a wheat allergy, non-celiac gluten sensitivity, and celiac disease. People who have wheat allergy may show symptoms of digestive problems, breathing problems, and the hives from eating gluten.
You may be sensitive to gluten also. If you’re experiencing bowel problems, then try a diet without gluten. You may be sensitive to gluten. You’re not necessarily sick or may die, but it’s just a problem you’re born with.
Celiac disease will cause inflammation to your small intestine from the smallest amount of gluten. It may also affect other organs in your body such as your lungs, liver, stomach and most importantly, your heart. It doesn’t happen instantly, but overtime you won’t be able to digest necessary vitamins and minerals to keep your body functioning properly. They can experience massive amounts of weight loss, bloating, tiredness, and headaches.
It’s very hard to treat, so the best solution is to not even put yourself in the situation. A gluten free diet will force you to read labels and watch what you eat. It’s bothersome, but a total lifesaver.
If you’re someone who’s not intolerant to gluten, but is wondering if a gluten free diet will allow you to lose weight. It may or may not. Results will vary. Most foods that have a version without gluten are healthier and better for you. It’s not recommended as there are better diets out there.
Studies have shown that if you’re experiencing problems, but don’t have any diseases and eating properly. You may try a gluten free diet as some people feel better after trying it. Some people don’t get any physical damage from gluten, but you may be damaged by it mentally.