Gluten: Friend or Foe?

Gluten Attack: Is Gluten waging war on our health? And if so what can we do about it?

More than three million Americans are on a gluten-free diet, and this number has only been rising. Actually, in recent years, avoiding gluten has become a global trend. More and more people claim that they have some sort of gluten-related disorder, but is it really true that gluten has turned into our enemy? It seems that some people are just following this new fad without even thinking whether it is truly healthy for them. Let’s see what’s this all about.

Being on a gluten-free diet means avoiding foods that contain this protein, such as bread, pastry, pasta, and cereals, since gluten is normally found in wheat, barley, rye, and oats. However, this is not a complete list of foods containing this “notorious” substance. It can also be found in a wide range of processed foods, soups, snacks, beer, and sauces.

Gluten-related health problems include gluten allergy, celiac disease, and non-celiac gluten sensitivity. While gluten allergy is less serious than the other two problems, it can cause a considerable number of unpleasant symptoms. Some of them are bloating, diarrhea, constipation, headaches, and skin problems.

A gluten-free diet is a solution to all of the above-mentioned problems. People who have any of these gluten-related disorders have to be very careful when choosing what to eat. They must shop for groceries with great caution, paying special attention to the product labels. The infographic below made by MedAlertHelp can be of great help to anyone who’s not sure which foods are gluten-free and which are not. It also offers safe alternatives to grain, flour, and starch.

Although a gluten-free diet can also bring some benefits to people who are not sensitive to gluten, it carries a range of health risks. Nutritional deficiencies and an increased risk of  type-II diabetes are just some of them. A balanced diet is a key to a healthy life, and you should always consult a dietitian before you exclude something from your daily menu. To find out more about a gluten-free life and read some interesting facts and figures, take a look at the following infographic.

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Author:Josh Wardini

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