Should I Go Gluten-Free? 2018-06-13T18:59:46+00:00

Should I Go Gluten-Free?

Do NOT start a gluten-free diet without proper medical testing first. Eliminating gluten from the diet may result inaccurate test results.

Gluten-free is a big deal in the health world.  But is it right for you?

If you are DIAGNOSED with Celiac Disease, you should follow a strict gluten-free diet.

People with Celiac Disease have actually damage to the fingerlike villi lining their small intestines and produce antibodies each time they ingest gluten. The only cure for this disease is a medically prescribed diet free from wheat, rye and barley. This includes strict avoidance of cross contamination, ingredients, cooking water and surfaces, and utensils. It is estimated that approximately 1% of people in the USA, Europe and Australia have celiac disease.

Gluten Intolerance or Sensitivity

People with Gluten Intolerance or Sensitivity (sometimes referred to as non-celiac gluten sensitivity) do not have damage to their intestinal lining. However, they experience  unpleasant symptoms such as  headaches, bloating, fatigue, or diarrhea after eating foods containing gluten. As a result, they find that a gluten-free diet improves the quality of life. It is difficult to estimate how many people are sensitive to gluten. It is more prevalent than celiac disease and may be a frequent as one in ten.

People who are having unpleasant or debilitating symptoms after eating gluten containing foods should be tested for celiac disease by a medical professional before starting a gluten free diet.

Gluten-Free as a Choice

People who diet consists primarily of wheat may want to consider replacing some of the bread or pasta in their diet with fruits, vegetables, and non gluten containing grains.

People who already follow a healthy diet of whole fresh foods, actively avoid processed foods, and do not have any symptoms when eating gluten containing whole grains will not see a significant benefit in changing their diet.

Are Gluten-Free Products Healthier?

Most likely no.  Items such as gluten-free breads, cookies and pasta are typically filled with sugar and simple carbohydrates.  For people with celiac disease who are unable to eat wheat, these substitutions are pleasant treats.

Will Eating Gluten-Free Help Me Lose Weight?

Weight loss of a gluten-free diet is very much dependent on what foods are chosen in place of wheat. Gluten-free cookies will not help anyone with a diet.  It is much better to replace cookies with a whole piece of fruit or vegetables. A healthy diet and regular exercise or physical activity will help manage weight far more effectively than adopting a gluten-free diet.

It is worth noting that in the early stages of a gluten-free diet, most people who have been diagnosed with celiac disease will typically gain weight. As their villi heal and regrow, they are able to absorb more nutrients and calories than they could pre-diagnosis.

Testing for Celiac Disease

3 Comments

  1. support September 2, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    Myths and facts

  2. Megan October 22, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    I found this confusing and had to read it a few times “Yes, a strict gluten free diet:”….you are asking the question and the first things you see is yes….implying that yes it is good for you….

    Last para…..”Contrarily, In”…..should be a small “i”……

    as an aside when I was diagnosed I felt that ANYTHING labelled GF was healthy….especially the Kez’s melting moments which are primarily made of Sugar and Butter! Or perhaps I was in denial…..

  3. Petunia Lee October 25, 2016 at 10:22 am

    (1) “As a result, they find that a gluten-free diet improves the quality of life.” … “the quality of life” should be “their quality of life”? The use of the definite article here appears to be wrong.

    (2) “People who diet consists primarily of wheat may want to consider replacing some of the bread or pasta in their diet with fruits, vegetables, and non gluten containing grains.” “Who” should be “whose”. The use of the possessive pronoun is necessary here.

    (3) “People who already follow a healthy diet of whole fresh foods, actively avoid processed foods, and do not have any symptoms when eating gluten containing whole grains will not see a significant benefit in changing their diet.” For better readability, you might want to go through the whole site to shorten sentences or add in commas?

    (4) “Weight loss of a gluten free diet is very much dependent on what foods are chosen in place of wheat.” “Weight loss off” should be “weight loss on”.

    (5) The word “contrarily” is not necessary in my opinion. For better readability, we should say what we can with greater word economy.”

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