Are Gluten-Free Foods REALLY Better?
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Gluten-free diet has become extremely popular in the recent times since many reports claim that it helps to avoid many diseases such as celiac disease and obesity among others. Although complete evidence to support this claim isn’t available, but a gluten-free diet is perceived to be healthier.
MY YELLOW CANARY WRITER PRIYANKA AJMANI LOOKS INDEPTH AT THE BUZZ AROUND GLUTEN FREE DIET BELOW:
Unknown to many, gluten is considered to be the root cause of many health problems. It is a form of protein that is present in various food grains like wheat and barley, and we're almost always eating these without the knowledge that it contains gluten. But if you're one of those people who eat a gluten-free diet, then you know that gluten causes inflammation in the small intestines. This condition is more commonly known as Celiac disease. However, having a gluten-free diet helps keeping celiac disease under control.
Essentially a gluten free diet means that you need to remove barley, wheat, rye and many other flours that are made from wheat, such as semolina, farina, kamut, spelt, durum flour and graham flour. The foods that you can include in your diet are corn, soy, rice, millet, teff, amaranth, flax, quinoa, tapioca and buckwheat. Nonetheless, eliminating these many foods from the diet may not a good idea if you’re not allergic to wheat. On the contrary, you could be depriving your body of the nutrients provided by these foods.
Ajmani says, “Most recently and perhaps fashionably, people who do not suffer from the celiac disease are also eliminating wheat from their diet for no medical reason. Although wheat intolerance is fairly common and a gluten free diet can help immensely but others are under no compulsion to do so”.
Based upon the research of Peter H.R.Green, the director of the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University, as told to WebMD, a gluten-free diet may not be as healthy as comprehended.
Here are some of the downsides of eating a gluten-free diet:
1) Leads to Nutritional Deficiencies – Lack of wheat and wheat based products and grains can lead to a nutrient deficit in the body. Grains contain various minerals, vitamins, proteins, calcium, iron and folate and by avoiding grains, you are actually depriving your body of so many important nutrients. This can lead to nutritional deficiencies and weaken the immune system. A gluten free diet also deprives the body of the much needed fiber. Lack of fiber in the diet can lead to constipation
2) Leads to weight gain – Various gluten-free foods that are available in stores are processed foods and these contain excessive amounts of sugar and fats. Consumption of these high calorie foods over a period of time can lead to gain in weight.
3) Can increase cholesterol – Many of the processed gluten-free foods contain saturated fats which are not good for health. Saturated fats raise the bad cholesterol in the body and put you at an increased risk of contracting coronary heart disease such as stroke and heart failure.
4) Expensive on the pocket ££– Gluten-free foods that are commonly available in stores are just not pocket and budget friendly. The reason behind the high cost of gluten free foods as compared to foods that contain gluten is that because a gluten- free food item has so many ingredients in its recipe.
While it may be easy to go gluten-free but you can never be sure that you are eliminating all the gluten from your diet since many medications, moisturisers, cosmetics and shampoos also contain gluten. If you’ve been thinking about adopting a gluten-free diet, just think twice before going ahead as it might not prove to be a healthy option!
MYC Writer: Priyanka AjmaniSubscribe to UpdatesRelated Articles