Gluten Isn't the Enemy
As someone who has been diagnosed with Celiac Disease after having a blood test, and then the gold standard upper GI biopsy, it can be really disheartening to see people eliminate gluten from their diet in an attempt to lose weight or become healthier. The truth is GLUTEN ISN’T THE ENEMY.
There are a lot of rich vitamins and nutrients in wheat grains, bread, rye, barley, etc., that your body needs to be healthy. You have to weigh the benefits and risks of eliminating anything from your diet. What are you planning on replacing the item or food group you’re eliminating? If, so with what? Are you going to be missing out on those key nutrients? Do you need to supplement? Do you have the budget for replacements? There are a lot of questions you need to take into account, and the best place to get those questions answered is with a certified professional nutritionist, or your primary care physician.
Many health professionals don’t recommend a gluten-free diet unless you have an intolerance or celiac disease. If you feel better by eliminating something from your diet, you should definitely keep it out of your body! But be cautious, and make sure you are still getting the vitamins and nutrients you need via supplementation, and always consult with your doctor. A balanced diet is always the best option.
If you have celiac disease or a gluten intolerance, don’t eat gluten! But also cut the processed foods, cut your sugar intake, drink lots of water, eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, and exercise. Take care of yourself. If you don’t have celiac disease and you want to eat healthier, do all of the above but enjoy whole-wheat breads, pastas, cereals and oats. Don’t take these for granted and reap the benefits of eating in that food group! At the end of the day, the best rule to follow is “everything in moderation!” Follow that, and your body will be grateful.
What do you think? Are you doing a gluten free diet? Paleo? Have a food allergy? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to stay tuned for more blogs, recipes, and videos!