Gluten. Lots of hype around it. But what is it really? And why do you need to avoid it? I personally used to think that it was just hippy nonsense. But after some research and diet changes, I was proven wrong.
So, what is gluten?
Gluten is a protein found in wheat. It helps gives things shape and form and keeps things stuck together. Like that hot from the oven French loaf, gluten gives it the texture that is so awesome.
However, too much of anything awesome can still be bad.
They aren’t making wheat like they used to. Ever heard a gluten nay-sayer say “Wheat has been around since the beginning of time and no one had problems until recently.” Well my friend that is flawed logic. Of course wheat has been around since the beginning of time. But has mass production and genetic modification? Farmers back in the day didn’t have the same stresses. Wheat has changed so that they can have higher yields to feed more people. It makes sense that there would all of the sudden be a rise in gluten issues. There are some countries that won’t even take our wheat exports because of it.
3 Reasons why you should avoid gluten:
- Gluten Causes Inflammation
Even if you don’t have celiac, gluten causes inflammation. This can cause bloating, GI irritation and huge list of other symptoms. Inflammation goes on in our bodies naturally and the foods we eat can either amplify it or reduce it. Things like fresh fruits and vegetables can reduce inflammation.
- It’s Not a Fad Diet
I have a feeling that gluten will be around for a while and at the rate we are going, it could become worse. Going gluten free isn’t a “cool new” diet, it’s a lifestyle change. But I’m willing to bet that if you remove it from your diet even for a few days you will feel a difference!
- High Gluten Diets Can Cause Fatigue
Eating too much gluten can cause you to feel bloated, fatigued and lethargic. Think I’m making it up? Have you ever felt ready to run a marathon after eating a bowl of pasta and bread sticks? Probably not. While carbs are good for you, those aren’t the ones you want to fill up on.
Now, everyone will be affected by gluten differently but if you are someone who is health conscience or simply curious about gluten and how it can affect you, I would challenge you to remove it from your diet for a week and see what happens. What have you got to lose?