Gluten Free food options seem to be popping up everywhere…friends, media and movie stars are all touting the “gluten free” eating craze.
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 that our digestive systems will not be happy, especially for long term. It will only be a matter of time before our bodies react to this sticky, glutenous substance and not in a good way.
As our researching delved deeper into this issue, we were shocked that recent studies showed that gluten caused various body reactions for (surprisingly) most people.
Top reasons to avoid it:
- 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, 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).
Our Thoughts (along with a bit of logic and common sense)…
The risk of getting these diseases and the increase in cases each year, makes eating gluten an absolute no and something we longer eat.
Gluten is not going to leave our food system. Our only strategy is to make it leave our diets.