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Gluten-free Diet

Gluten-free Diet

As of today, many are promoting foods that are said to be gluten-free. Is it really necessary to remove gluten in foods? Is it really harmful to health? Here are just some of the questions you should first figure out before trying the gluten-free fad diet. Is gluten bad for you?

What is gluten? Gluten is the protein found I grains, wheat, barley and rye.  It is used in different types of food particularly baked products such as in pizza that gives its stretching effect, provides the spongy texture of bread and used as thickener in soups. Gluten can also be used in making beer, soy sauce, meat extenders in meat products such as burger patties and hotdogs, ice creams, ketchup and others. You just have to check the label on the ingredients to find out which products have it. it is widely use all over the world such as eliminating it would be quite difficult.

So far, there has been no significant benefit of applying gluten-free fad diet to the population in general. Gluten-free fad diet is only seen as an advisable treatment for those with celiac disease. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder, one of the major health problems of women in which the cause is undetected and effects are just manifested. This occur in the small intestine in genetically predisposed people of all ages. This is a rection of the body to gliadin , a promalin or a gluten protein fountd in wheat and similar protein found in crops of the tribe Triticeae such as barley and rye. Oats which are grown in rotation with wheat from previous harvest are also suggested to be included to the elimination as study show that contamination may occur and can affect patients with the disease.

In United States and UK, there are around 0.5-1.0 % of the people are known to be gluten sensitive due to celiac disease. Gluten Intolerance can also suffer inflammatory skin conditions called dermatitis herpetitomis. The absence of gluten in diet was also found to affect the gut health of some patients with celiac disease.

While the cause of people being highly intolerant to gluten is still unknown, removing it to your diet is what doctors would strongly recommend. However, if you are not really gluten intolerant, you are safe to take gluten since gluten manifests adverse reactions only to those with celiac disease.  Gluten is a protein form which is not found to be very detrimental to health that can cause chronic illness. You can always consult your health care provider about this issue if it is really necessary for you to go gluten-free or you are free from adverse reactions. Elimination diet is one of the ways to determine if you are gluten intolerant or allergic testing which is not so efficient and quite expensive. Personally, it would be very difficult to totally remove gluten from your diet because it is almost added on different processed foods. What I can recommend is moderation of the gluten intake and perhaps if the body is able to adapt to gluten, you may end up being gluten tolerant which would really take time and strict moderation.


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