Gluten-Free and What You Need to Know – Blaine Pollock

Gluten-free this, and gluten-free that.  Should you also prohibit this from your diet?

Gluten is a protein that is found in wheat, rye and barley.  People with gluten sensitivity and celiac disease have systemic reactions to that protein which can cause brutal intestinal upset and pain.  They are also vulnerable to malnutrition and bone loss.  The only way to control this is to completely eliminate gluten from your diet.  It is also found in certain medications, vitamins and even lip balms.  People that have gluten sensitivity don’t necessarily need to eliminate it completely, because there are varying degrees of tolerance.

If you do not have either of these conditions, than perhaps you should think twice before buying gluten-free everything.  By doing this, you are cutting out whole grains and other nutrient-rich gluten-containing foods that may deprive you of important vitamins, minerals, and fiber.  Some celebrities claim that a gluten-free diet can be attributed to their speedy weight loss, but it was a consequence of cutting out refined and also processed carbohydrates, which is actually healthy for everyone.  In order to lose weight, you must reduce total calorie intake as well as implementing portion control.  Gluten-free diets are not recommended as a means to eat healthier, lose weight, or diagnose one’s symptoms on their own.

Some examples of naturally gluten-free food are meat, nuts, legumes, fruits, vegetables, rice, potatoes, corn, fish, nuts, and rice. There is also bread as well as even beer that are made gluten-free.  This kind of bread is less fluffy so additives are used to compensate.

Blaine Pollock