Gluten-free lifestyles have become increasingly popular over the past decade. There are several medical issues that are treated by restricting gluten intake. People who live a gluten free lifestyle have reported that they feel overall healthier in many aspects of their life. Recently released longitudinal studies have found that diets with less gluten intake have better cardiovascular health. There are several benefits to a gluten free diet.
What Is Gluten?
Gluten is a substance present in cereal grains, especially wheat, that is responsible for the elastic texture of dough. This is what interacts with yeast to create a bread’s airy texture. Gluten is found in wheat, barley, and rye. It is a cross between wheat and rye triticale and is the only protein in food that is completely indigestible.
Gluten free diets are essential in managing the symptoms of celiac disease because the small intestine is hypersensitive to gluten. This makes food difficult to digest. Gluten free diets are also used to treat those with sensitivity to gluten. There has been research that has shown that there is a biomarker for non-celiac gluten sensitivity. People with gluten sensitivity might experience brain fog, rashes, and headaches.
Why Go Gluten-Free?
There are several other health issues that have improved in people that have switched to a gluten free lifestyle.
- People reported a decrease in the symptoms of IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) such as bloating, cramping, and diarrhea.
- There are reports of children with autism showing improved behavior, social skills, and learning.
- Weight loss due to the fact that most naturally occuring foods that are gluten free are healthy and most unhealthy processed foods are eliminated.
- Healthier eating habits and overall awareness of food established because most gluten free foods are healthy.
- Eat more foods that are higher in antioxidants.
- Lowers inflammation that could cause skin irritations and arthritis.
- People have reported less recovery time in workouts.
- Reduction in brain fog.
- Improved mental health issues.
What Does the Science Say?
There have been several longitudinal studies that have found a benefit in gluten-free lifestyles. A thirty year study done by the American Heart Association published its findings in 2017. They concluded that those with a lower gluten intake had aa 13% less chance of developing diabetes. Another study that was done over twenty five years by the Harvard School of Public Health showed a 15% lower risk of developing coronary heart disease. Another study published by the World Health Organization showed a reduced chance of developing colorectal cancer.
How Can You Cut Out Gluten?
There are many health benefits to choosing foods that are gluten-free. The key to achieving these benefits is to make healthy choices when going gluten free. Opt for naturally gluten free foods such as fresh meats, eggs, beans, fruits, and vegetables. Most dairy products are also gluten free. There are also several options on our menu that are gluten free.