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Posted September 13th, 2016 under Nutrition

The Truth About Gluten

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The Truth About Gluten

The truth about gluten:

 

First I will give you a little background on gluten.  Gluten is a protein in wheat, barley and rye. It is found in many foods, medications, and everyday items not just bread and cookies. About 1 in 100 suffer from the autoimmune disorder called celiac disease whose small intestines cannot process gluten correctly. There is also gluten-sensitivity which is when a person experiences GI bloating, cramping, headaches, or other discomfort after eating gluten. In order get a true diagnosis of either of these it is suggested you see a doctor.

The average person won’t get any additional health benefits from foods that are gluten free and they may even be less healthy. Whole-grain foods have an array of vitamins, minerals and fiber and are vital to a healthy diet. When you cut out gluten you are also cutting out the nutritional benefits found in foods with gluten such as B vitamins, calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium and fiber. Gluten free foods do not automatically mean “low calorie” OR “healthy.” Gluten free foods usually have extra calories and sugars added to them to make up for taste and texture lost due to lack of gluten.

“Gluten free” does not mean “low-carb,” some gluten free pasta and bread are actually higher in carbohydrates than regular pasta or bread. A healthy weight loss comes from a balanced diet gluten free or not. If you feel that you need to be gluten-free for health reasons you should consult with your doctor otherwise do not be afraid to eat gluten! Gluten is not the enemy that the media is portraying to us! Just moderate your foods and be aware of portion control.Balanced eating & lifestyle is what keeps us going! If you have any further questions about gluten feel free to reach out to the Revolutionize team.

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Written By:  Rebecca Desousa BS Nutritional Sciences

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