WHAT IS GLUTEN FREE?
A gluten free diet is based on eating foods that excludes the protein gluten. Gluten is found in grains such as wheat (including spelt), rye, barley and triticale (a cross between wheat and rye).
WHY GLUTEN FREE?
A gluten-free diet is primarily used to treat coeliac disease, an autoimmune digestive ailment. Gluten causes inflammation in the small intestines of people with celiac disease. Eating a gluten-free diet helps people with celiac disease or non-coeliac gluten sensitivity control their signs and symptoms and prevent complications.
Many people chose to follow a gluten-free diet to lose weight, boost energy, or generally feel healthier.
GLUTEN FREE NUTRITION
You still have many food choices when you are on a gluten free diet. You will discover that a lot of the foods you currently eat are gluten free and that there are many delicious substitutes for foods that have gluten in them.
FOODS YOU ARE ALLOWED
- Fruits & Vegetables
- Nuts and legumes
- Most dairy products
- Fats & Oils
- Grains such as Amaranth, Arrowroot, Buckwheat, Corn and cornmeal, Flax, Gluten-free flours (rice, soy, corn, potato, bean), Hominy (corn), Millet, Quinoa, Rice, Sorghum, Soy, Tapioca, Teff
You have to be careful when using sauces, seasonings and vitamin and mineral supplements as some of them could contain gluten as well.
It’s important to note if you do go gluten free you can have some nutritional deficiencies. Try and look for gluten free foods that have been fortified with vitamins to prevent this happening.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF GLUTEN FREE
A gluten free diet can have a variety of health benefits including improved cholesterol levels, promoting digestive health and increasing energy levels. Many people find they eliminate a lot of unhealthy foods, such as processed foods, desserts and fried foods when excluding gluten from their diet which can help lead to healthier weight.