Gluten be gone

In recent years, eating a gluten-free diet has soared in popularity, particularly among people with digestive problems. Numerous people have already recognised the effects of gluten to their bodies. Others believe that cutting out gluten helps manage medical concerns and contributes to a healthier diet. If you’re trying to decide whether to go gluten-free, you should know both the positive and negative effects of gluten.

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Gluten-free diet

Do you know what gluten is? Glutens are actually proteins that are found in wheat, rye and barley. It acts as a glue to help food hold together and maintain its shape. Normally bread, cereal, fried items, a variety of processed foods, and cookies are the top foods containing gluten. Soy sauce and beer also contain some gluten.

Gluten may sound unhealthy or maybe somewhat hazardous to our health, but it does bring in some benefits. Like for instance, gluten contains B Vitamins. Gluten-free flours usually aren’t fortified with these important nutrients, which help your heart, brain and red blood cells. Moreover, it is also a type of protein that is nutritious.

Apart from B Vitamins and protein, ingredients such as wheat flour are fortified with this mineral to make up for the iron lost as wheat is refined to flour.  Wheat gluten flour is also low fat.

On the other hand, there are also bad effects of gluten to health. One of which is that gluten can potentially cause celiac disease. If you have this autoimmune digestive disease, gluten can damage your small intestine and impact your body’s ability to absorb important nutrients. You may experience symptoms such as abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhoea and anaemia.

Even if you don’t have celiac diseases, you may also be sensitive to gluten. You may experience some of the same symptoms as those with celiac disease when exposed to this protein.

Eliminating gluten from your diet has proven to be beneficial and more and more people have confirmed this. But what are the gluten-free foods we can easily find here in Western Australia? Check this out: