With almost thirty percent of Americans polling that they aspire to live a gluten-less life, the diet trend seems to be gaining momentum, despite some people recently questioning if the lifestyle choice is really necessary. Before, the only reason to stop eating gluten would be if you were diagnosed with celiac disease, but now people are making the decision to cut out gluten based on claims that it will benefit their health.
Before jumping on the gluten-free bandwagon you might want to do some research about the controversial wheat protein. Below are a few facts that will help you make your decision on whether you think gluten should stay or go.
Celiac May Be Caused By More Than Just Gluten
It is a no brainer that if you have celiac disease then gluten is going to trigger all the unpleasant symptoms that come along with it. Although this is true, a new study found that other wheat proteins besides gluten may also cause those side effects. This means that if you do have celiac and you cut out gluten, you may still experience symptoms, since the other proteins in wheat may be the real culprits.
The term gluten-free has now become a regulated term defined by the FDA. According to the ruling, anything labeled gluten-free has to have less than 20 parts per million of gluten. That means that foods with this label are not necessarily 100 percent gluten free, but instead contain the amount of gluten that will not trigger celiac symptoms. If this makes you uneasy, stick to eating foods that naturally contain no gluten.
Be Wary of Gluten-Free Fast Food Products
Many fast food chains such as Domino’s Arby’s Chik-fil-A, Burger King and Wendy’s now offer gluten-free options. This may be a good option for people who are just trying to limit their gluten intake, but the food may not be safe for those who actually have celiac disease. This is due to the cross contamination of gluten-filled and gluten-free foods. It’s not worth the risk if you have a high sensitivity to gluten.
Gluten-Free Doesn’t Mean Healthy
There are a large amount of people who associate gluten-free products with healthy food options. Although this may be the case if you are eating fresh, gluten-free produce and protein, this isn’t true for all food products labeled gluten-free. There are a lot of junk foods out there that are now coming out with gluten-free options that are just as bad for you as junk foods that contain gluten. In other words, gluten-free brownies are no healthier than regular brownies. They both contain high amounts of fat, sugar and calories, not something that you would want to eat in order to lose weight.
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