What is Gluten?

Gluten has recently become a topic of discussion across the globe as people attempt to get healthy, without improving and adjusting living habits and eating plans. The market for gluten-free products is exploding. Why exactly we don’t know. Many people may just perceive that a gluten-free diet is healthier for them without even knowing "what Gluten Is?". 

So, what is this gluten  do you know anything about it! WTF.....no.......than, why do you think gluten free is healthy for you.... let me show you...

What the hell is this gluten?

It is a mixture of two proteins present in cereal grains, especially wheat, barely and rye etc. which is responsible for the elastic texture of dough. Most of us unknowingly love it, because gluten gives our favorite foods that special touch: It makes pizza dough stretchy, gives bread its spongy texture, and is used to thicken sauces and soups.

But, due to some health issues peoples with celiac disease should not eat products with gluten. To people with celiac disease, gluten is truly evil: Their bodies regard even a tiny crumb of it as a malicious invader and mount an immune response. This immune reaction ends up damaging the small intestine, which causes both great gastrointestinal distress and nutritional deficiencies. If untreated, these responses can then lead to intestinal cancers as well as complications such as infertility and osteoporosis.

Symptoms of celiac disease include diarrhea, anemia, bone pain, and a severe skin rash called dermatitis herpetiformis. But celiac disease often has few or no symptoms. So most of the cases still remain undetected. 

How can you know if you have celiac disease? The only way is to be tested. The first test is typically a blood test that detects antibodies related to an abnormal immune response. If the blood test is positive, a biopsy is performed to confirm inflammation in the lining of the small intestines.

Some recent research studies reveal that nonceliac gluten sensitivity can lead to similar symptoms such as stomach cramps, diarrhea, and bloating. But unlike celiac, sensitivity doesn't damage the intestine. For years, health professionals didn't believe nonceliac gluten sensitivity existed, but experts are beginning to acknowledge that it may affect as many as 20 million Americans. 

This is the reason why gluten free diet which is generally used for treating celiac disease works for people who may be sensitive to gluten but don’t have outright celiac disease. These people may feel better on a diet with less gluten. But that dosen't mean gluten free means healthy for the rest of us. In fact, going gluten-free means saying no to many common and nutritious foods.

It is a mere health hype thanks to strong marketing campaigns that people think going gluten free can help them lose weight faster. In fact there's nothing magical about a gluten-free diet that's going to help you lose weight. However gluten-free dining can seriously limit the number of foods you can eat. With fewer choices, you're a lot less likely to overeat. this may work for some peoples. But it can backfire too, because gluten-free doesn't mean fat-free or calorie-free.

So, Should you go gluten free?

If you have symptoms for celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, than you have no choice you have to.

But if you just want give it a try, think again.........
It is not like just a low carb or low calorie diet, going gluten free means a big pain in the butt.
Gluten-free doesn't necessarily equal healthy, especially when people yank vitamin-enriched and wholegrain foods from their diets and replace them with gluten free brownies, research suggests that those who forgo gluten may be more likely to miss out on important nutrients such as iron, B vitamins, and fiber.

However if you still don't want to let go, eat real food instead of ultraprocessed packaged fare and focus on fruits, vegetables, lean protein, dairy, and gluten free grains like amaranth and quinoa, this can be a very healthy way of eating.

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