Going Gluten Free

Going Gluten Free

Should you go gluten free?  This is the debate because there is a growing trend of consumers eliminating gluten from their diet.  It’s not just individuals who have Celiac Disease that are trying to eliminate gluten from their diet.  There are many who have a sensitivity to gluten.

I am posting this article from Fox News by Tanya Zuckerbrot below which discusses the current debate.  My question to the dietician is wouldn’t our health be better off without all the bread, pasta, and desserts?  These types of foods tend to also be high in sugar and carbohydrates.  They’re a source of weight gain independent of the bloating issues.

In layman’s language, an analogy of gluten, one could argue, would be food glue or a thickener.  Don’t we need to have our gastrointestinal “plumbing” flushed and flowing?  Do we need to add one more potential inflammatory to our gastrointestinal system?

Remember, our gastrointestinal system houses about 80% of our immune system.

Do your own research about gluten and decide whether you want to try going gluten free to see if you feel better.  Discuss gluten with your physician especially if you are suffering from any chronic conditions to see if gluten could be contributing to your illness.  Ask your physician about whether you should experiment with a gluten free diet.  No Name Atty

Addendum:  Those who have Celiac Disease or desire a more gluten free diet, Thrive does have over 100 certified gluten free foods.

Should you go gluten-free?

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Published December 02, 2012

FoxNews.com

It’s not often that a serious medical condition sparks a dieting fad. Such is  the case with the gluten-free craze. Sufferers of Celiac Disease, an autoimmune  digestive disease, absolutely must avoid foods containing gluten, but somehow  gluten-free has caught on with non-sufferers who think cutting out gluten will  help them eat better or lose weight. It won’t necessarily do either, yet right  now there are loads of gluten-free products being marketed to the general  population that suggest they can. Even Domino’s Pizza is on the bandwagon with  gluten-free pizza crust, although the company’s website cautions that it is not  recommended for true Celiac suffers!

Perhaps you have been considered going gluten-free?  Before you stop  eating breads, pastas and cereals let’s look at the facts about gluten, Celiac,  gluten intolerance and gluten sensitivity.

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Learn about Gluten In Food Processing Industry

Learn About Gluten in the Food Processing Industry

I wanted to share this article and its website, www.aboutgrain.com, because it has multiple articles about gluten in the food processing industry.

It’s difficult to know if you are allergic to gluten.  There are medical tests for this however the cost may be outside your budget.  One way to unofficially test is just to go for 60 or 90 days without any gluten in your diet. 

I know its a challenge but it can be done.  Treat it as if it was your latest “diet plan”.  It costs no extra money through wise shopping.  It does cost you extra time in reading and researching the meaning of the information contained in the food labels and packaging.

If your abdomen size decreases, you feel better, don’t experience any of the possible symptoms that gluten can cause,  then pay attention to it.  Your body is trying to send you a message!  The odds are that you have a gluten intolerance or you’re allergic.  Discuss your findings with your physician and see if he notices a difference upon physical examination.  Who knows maybe you can stop taking your over the counter or prescription medication for your gastrointestinal issues.  Your physician will know whether that’s one less medical bill for you  Would not that be a blessing?   No Name Atty

Addendum:  Thrive does have a large certified gluten free line of foods.  Check and see if through buying the packages or individuals cans, you can not only add variety to you gluten free diet but save money.

What Is Gluten And Why Is It Used So Extensively In The Food Industry?

November 15, 2012 3:05 am0 CommentsViews: 4
What Is Gluten And Why Is It Used So Extensively In The Food Industry?

Those that have been diagnosed with celiac disease or other forms of gluten intolerance sometimes may have a hard time finding foods that are free of gluten. It’s not that there aren’t any options, but the problem is that even foods where gluten should naturally be absent still use it somewhere in the food processing environment.

To understand what is gluten and why it makes it into so many different foods, we have to take a look at what it is, what makes it so desirable in the food industry and what are the different stages of gluten usage – from main ingredient to a substance that is nothing more than a contaminant.

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