Gluten free diets are growing in popularity and becoming more than just a fad. But, what does Gluten free actually mean and how it is beneficial, is something you need to understand in-depth, so that that you can maximize from it.
What is Gluten?
In simple terms, gluten is a protein found in grains like wheat, barley & rye and related hybrids. It is found in the endosperm (a type of tissue produced in seeds that are ground to make flour) and nourishes plant embryos during germination. Gluten affects the elasticity of dough, acting as a bond to hold the flour together so that it is easy to roll and shape.
There is no proven evidence that being on a gluten free diet may help you lose weight, as losing weight on a gluten free diet may also be due to avoiding foods with gluten, eating other foods and following a healthy lifestyle. Most of the products, one eats have some form of refined flours, which contain gluten. When you avoid, refined flours and begin choosing whole and complex grains, fruits and vegetables instead they are beneficial for weight loss. One also tends to avoid fried foods due to fear of gluten contamination, giving better health benefits in the long term.
Being Gluten free does not mean you have to avoid any tasty foods or avoiding all grains. Not all grains contain gluten. Some examples of gluten-free grains are sorghum, millet, brown rice, buckwheat, wild rice, amaranth, quinoa and corn. Oats are also gluten-free, but can be contaminated during processing. One of the best gluten free tasty options is My Mom’s Granola’s, which come in 3 flavours; Original, Vegan & Cacao Orange.
It is a myth that gluten is found only in bread, pastries and pasta’s as gluten is found in much more foods and just a wheat free label does not mean it is gluten free, as the food may still contain rye or barley in some amounts. Some less known foods that contain gluten are soy sauce, gravies, flavored potato chips, salad dressings etc.
Some of the benefits you can get a gluten free diet are
- Improves cholesterol levels
- Improves digestion
- Increases energy levels
- Reduces your risk of heart disease and other body ailments.
Being gluten free also has a few side effects, such as
- Sudden weight gain, especially if you have gluten resistance earlier.
- Less fibre in your diet, which can be covered up by eating more fruits etc.
- Constipation and diarrhea, as your body gets accustomed to a gluten free diet.
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