We do love our thick soups, our stretchy, delectable pizza dough, and our spongy bread that contributes to its mouth-watering taste that leaves us wanting for more. So what makes those fluffy and yummy? Are they yummy and healthful at the same?
Gluten is responsible for that irresistible texture—even for that thick soup you enjoy every day at home or in your favorite restaurant. This protein is found in rye, barley, and wheat. Together with them are cereal grains, einkorn, durum, and spelt. The mixture of water and wheat flour result to gluten, giving structure to baked goods. However, not all baked goods need the same quantity of gluten.
Having a gluten-free diet contributes to thinner thighs, increased energy, and reduced bloating of the belly. However, immediate results are not to be expected. A gluten-free diet does not help you lose weight. It is not magic.
Avoid Gluten: Why?
If you want to improve your mood, eliminating gluten in your diet I the answer! Getting rid of gluten can also help you think clearly, acquire better focus, and improve your mood. For people who are sensitive to gluten, this protein can contribute to depression, headaches, and unclear thinking.
Completely getting rid of gluten in your diet can also help if you’re suffering from digestive issues. Gluten causes flattening of intestinal villi and inflammation of the small intestine for those who have celiac disease. This results to malnutrition, as the amount of nutrients that can be absorbed is reduced. A lot of people with irritable bowel syndrome may have gluten intolerance. If you have gluten intolerance, getting rid of that protein your diet results to reduction of bloating, gas, abdominal cramping upset stomach, and constipation.
People who are gluten sensitive are much likely not absorbing or digesting vitamins as minerals well. This causes feelings of fatigue and a decrease of energy levels, and most people who suffer from gluten intolerance always feel weak and tired.
So, if you want to stay healthy and belly-bloat free, stay away from gluten as much as possible. A lot of people, even celebrities, are now in a gluten-free diet. We don’t want to feel tired and exhausted, right?
Here is a list of gluten-free food:
Fruits and vegetables
Fish and poultry- given that they’re not batter-coated or breaded, or even marinated
Soy, rice, potato, corn
If you’re suffering from celiac disease, then you should really get rid of gluten in your diet. If you’re not, you may have a good chance of sticking with it, but it is healthier if you trimmed it down. It is quite a commitment, since gluten also provides flavor in our food.
Also, if you’re following a gluten free diet, you are also more likely to have fewer vitamins and minerals, such as calcium, iron, fiber, folate, niacin, etc. You should consult your doctor if you’re getting enough of these essential vitamins and minerals.
Unless marked “gluten-free” in their labels, avoid these at all costs:
Cakes and pies
Processed luncheon meats
Tortilla and potato chips
It’s a big commitment, right? So, even if you’re not with celiac disease, you should start limiting your gluten intake. It’s better to always stay on the safe side- especially when it comes to health. As the popular maxim says: prevention is better than cure.
Have a Gluten-free Fish and Chips.