What is the gluten-free diet and should You go gluten-free?
In short: Yes, you should.
Eating bakery products and gluten-containing products can be so enjoyable, 'cause we all like their good taste. But, unfortunately, they are not okay for our health.
Well, first of all, let's see what gluten is:
Gluten is a protein composite found in food processed from wheat and other related grain species, like barley or rye. Gluten gives elasticity to doughs and helps it to rise and keeps its shape, it gives a chewy texture to the final product.
Gluten known as a good protein source and it's mostly used in bread-products but it's also used in different products as *stabilizing agent* as well! Doughs,
imitation meats, beers, ketchup, soy-sauce, ice-creams (and even pet foods) can contain gluten, just to mention a few...
Well, this doesn't sound too bad, what's wrong with it then?
Unfortunately gluten is not our friend. About 6% of the people in the US and also about 6% of the people in the UK are sensitive to gluten. Gluten is something that cannot be digested, moreover it causes damages in your colon system.
The inner side of your small intestine is covered with microscopic finger-like pieces of tissue called villi. The individual epithelial cells also have finger-like projections known as microvilli. The function of the plicae circulares, the villi and the microvilli, is to increase the amount of surface area available for the absorption of nutrients. Now, gluten is basically damaging/destroying the villi-network of your colon, so they will no longer be able to do their job, resulting in giving you bad digestion, colon-diseases and pains.
- Decline in dental health
- Gastro-intestinal problems
- Weight loss OR weight gain
- Digestion problems
- Fat in the stools
- Aching joints
- Infertility, irregular menstrual cycles, miscarriage
- Headache/ Migrane
- Irritability/ behaviourial changes
- Slow infant or child growth
- Colon cancer
What can you do?
Well all you have to do, if you would like to improve your health or to see what happens if you do a short-term (1-2 weeks) diet.
Research online about recipes, ideas or try The Gluten Free Bible.
Disclosure: We are an affiliate to The Gluten Free Bible