So here’s a question I get asked a lot, what’s gluten free?
I would just like to take a moment and make myself very clear when I say this…
GLUTEN AND GLUCOSE ARE NOT THE SAME THING!
For those of you that are new to this “trendy” diet, I would just like to help you out a little and try and give you a little insight to what being on a gluten free diet actually means and how negatively a stigma can impact on someone’s life.
what is gluten?
Scientifically, Gluten is a composite of storage proteins termed prolamins and glutelins and stored together with starch in the endosperm of various grass-related grains. It is found in wheat, barley, rye, oat, related species and hybrids and products of these
To put it simply;
Gluten is a general name for the proteins found in wheat, rye and barley.
Gluten helps foods maintain their shape, acting as a glue that holds food together. Gluten can be found in many types of foods, even ones that would not be expected.
Gluten is not found in corn, rice, etc.
Why would people choose to stay away from gluten?
There are three generalised reasons someone would be put on a gluten free diet.
- They have been diagnosed with Celiac Disease, which is an auto immune disorder that can occur in people where the ingestion of gluten causes damage to the small intestine. Over time, the immune reaction to eating gluten creates inflammation that damages the small intestine’s lining, leading to serious medical complications. It also prevents absorption of some nutrients
- They have discovered a small intolerance/ allergy to gluten
- Just as any diet goes viral, people go on various “trendy” diets to lose weight or be healthier.
Staying away from gluten has pros and cons, however most of the cons are extremely superficial and if the gluten free diet has been recommended to you or a loved one please do not discourage any sort of idea that someone should not give up something toxic to themselves because the desire for pleasure takes control.
If you or anyone you know is currently on a gluten free diet share this post with them and keep up to date, the next few weeks I will be releasing a complete detailed guide on how to go gluten free and stay motivated!
9 December 2017