Gluten Free food options seem to be popping up everywhere…friends, media outlets and movie stars all seem to be touting the “gluten-free” eating craze. Is there any truth towards the reasons
We knew we had to join the growing conversation. We conducted extensive research and we came across lots of helpful information. Since the idea of going "Gluten-Free" is still a relatively new decision, there is a large amount of scientific research that still needs to be conducted. However, we were still able to come to some shocking realizations!
So, What Exactly is Gluten?
Here’s what we learned:
- Gluten is the protein. It is found in grains, cereals and mostly wheat that has a sticky or elastic texture that makes breads and baked goods keep their shape, have longer shelf life and taste soft and chewy.
- Wheat now has more gluten. The gluten content in wheat has been increased over the past years to make our breads lighter and tastier.
- Gluten is sticky and gooey. The sticky consistency of gluten makes it a good additive to products like glues, makeup, vitamins and pills and many other products to help them retain their shape and/or their smooth, creamy texture.
Not surprisingly, putting something into our bodies that is sticky and irritating, will likely mean our digestive systems will not be happy, especially in the long term. It's only a matter of time before our bodies react to this sticky, glutenous substance. While everybody's body might not react within the same timeframe, the reaction never ends in a positive way.
As our researching delved deeper into this issue, we were shocked that recent studies showed that gluten caused a widespread set of body reactions for, (surprisingly), most people.
Top Reasons To Avoid It
Here are our top 6 reasons that we recommend you avoid gluten!
- Gluten has an evil partner called Lectin. Lectins are natural toxins which grains use to protect themselves from consumption. These lectins irritate our digestive tract and prevent it from repairing itself from the wear and tear caused by digesting our foods.
- Weakened immune system
- Autoimmune Diseases: rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and multiple sclerosis
- Inflammation / Leaky Gut
- Insulin resistance and obesity
- Additional Diseases Associated with Eating Gluten: Studies discussed in a review paper in The New England Journal of Medicine listed 55 “diseases” that can be caused by eating gluten. These include: Osteoporosis, irritable bowel disease, anemia, cancer, fatigue, canker sores, and almost all other autoimmune diseases. Gluten is also linked to many psychiatric and neurological diseases, including anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, dementia, migraines, epilepsy, and neuropathy (nerve damage).
The risk of getting these diseases, along with the increase in cases each year, makes eating gluten an absolute NO. It is something we longer eat, no matter what!
Gluten is never going to leave our food system, however we can make the decision to make it leave our diets! We definitely recommend that you conduct your own research as well.
We would love to hear from you in the comment section! Have you made the leap towards being Gluten-Free yet?