Gluten has pretty much become a bad word in our society. Once an ingredient never talked about, it seems today everyone is blaming everything on gluten. Gluten is actually a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. It is used to make pastas, breads and other pastries because it holds food together. Some people have a sensitivity to gluten (not necessarily Celiac disease) and can become ill if they eat it. Gluten intolerance has become so widely talked about in society that many people, even those who do not have a gluten intolerance, are afraid to eat it.
(Celiac disease is where the immune system produces an abnormal response to gluten. This is much more serious condition than just a gluten intolerance)
Gluten itself doesn’t offer special nutritional benefits, but many foods that contain gluten, like whole grain breads, do. So if you are on a quest to give up gluten either because of an ailment or mainstream hype, be sure to do your research so you don’t end up eliminating important nutrients from your diet. There are grains that don’t contain gluten, they are amaranth, millet, and quinoa.
Unless you have celiac or a sensitivity to gluten, you can feel comfortable having grains in your diet. Remember, your brains NEEDS glucose for energy. That is the brain’s preferred source of energy. If you eliminate foods that provide glucose to your brain (mainly fruits and grains), your brain will have to resort to a different, less ideal source of energy. In most cases, the brain would tap into your protein supply. But why would you want to waste precious protein supplies (essential for muscle and tissue development) for energy for your brain when glucose is so readily available?
So, do you or do you not have a gluten intolerance?
7 Signs You Have A Gluten Intolerance
- After eating gluten you experience:
- Diarrhea, constipation, reflux or abdominal pain after eating gluten
- Headaches or migraines
- Feelings of depression, anxiety and or irritability
- You often feel that sensation of pins and needs in your arms, legs and feet
- Itchy, scratchy rash
- Symptoms of ADHD
What should you do if you think you have a gluten intolerance? Go see your doctor.
*This blog is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease or condition. See your doctor for professional, medical advice.