If you ever want to lose weight and get healthy, you’re in good hands. The internet offers SOO many solutions to all your questions with all these diets. Paleo! Atkins! Low-carb!
The words lingered in my head wondering what type of concoctions would be brought into this world with the label low-carb?
You mean like burgers with no buns? (That’s not a burger btw)
Or tacos without a taco shell? (That’s not a taco btw)
I surfed to Pinterest to feed my curiosity. Lots of pins were labeled not only low-carb, but gluten-free. Soon I came across more and more blogs promoting a gluten-free diet. And it made me wonder…
Related: Why Pinterest Overwhelms Me
What the Heck’s a Gluten?
After a few more surfs on the web, I learned gluten is a protein found in most grains, such as wheat, rye, barley, and oats. Even in things that don’t contain any of these grains, you can find gluten products in many, many, many American foods.
Gluten has been touted as a weight-gain monster, and many celebs/ fad dieters praise the gluten-free diet for making their waists smaller.
But most importantly, people with Celiac disease should avoid gluten at all costs. Once gluten enters the body, it prevents nutrients from being absorbed in the digestion process. That lining on the small intestine? Yeah, it rips when someone with CD eats something like bread. Bread and the other things you swallow—bacteria, hair, feces (yes, poo)–will then enter your blood stream. And this actually brings us to our first point:
Why Gluten is Bad for You
In CD patients, it can give them the scenario above, aka a “leaky gut.” But before you scroll down thinking this doesn’t apply to you, realize that leaky gut syndrome can happen to those without CD. It’s a possibility to be gluten-sensitive.
And according to PaleoLeap, leaky gut can lead to even more problems: allergies, diarrhea, indigestion, malnutrition, Type 1 diabetes (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22633932), fibromyalgia, and of course death.
Oh, and this study supports that eating gluten increases your chances of obesity.
And to top it all off, ALL of these symptoms can still occur even if you don’t have CD.
So, in short, really bad things happen when you eat gluten…
Why I’m Still Going to Eat Gluten
I don’t have celiac disease. I’m not gluten-sensitive. I’ve been living for a while. I think I can conclude that I’m not gluten sensitive.
NIH tells us not to stop eating gluten-free products.
“The consumption of GF products is unlikely to confer health benefits unless there is clear evidence of gluten intolerance.”
And this was after executing an entire study comparing the health benefits of gluten-free and gluten products, concluding that gluten-free products LACK.
Gluten-free foods lack nutrients. In an entirely DIFFERENT NIH study, we are told that many vitamins and minerals native to wheat and other grains are lost in gluten-free products. In addition, gluten-free foods contained more saturated fats than their counterparts.
Gluten-free products are more expensive. And I find this really unfortunate for those with CD. You’re buying nutrient-lacking foods at a higher cost. Makes no sense.
And then, NIH hits us ONE MORE TIME with:” GF foods do not provide additional health benefits from a nutritional perspective.”
And on TOP of that
-I like pasta
-I like fufu
-I don’t make that much money
-I love carbs
(Just spent like 30 minutes looking for this shirt I had on Instagram that was like:
I eat dairy –free
I eat gluten-free
I eat paleo
Man, I wish there was a history button on IG that had the ability to track down every picture you’ve stared at for more than 5 seconds!!! Oh well.)
I think those are more than enough reasons to not jump on the gluten-free bandwagon when I don’t have any type of disorder.I don’t want to go the extra mile to buy even more healthy food, especially if eating it won’t dramatically increase my chances of living like it would for those with CD.
Are you gluten-sensitive or suffer from celiac disease? How do you cope?