Getting Ready to Shake off that Extra Weight with a Gluten-Free Diet?

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You may have to rethink that plan with this fad diet! Even though there are lots of claims out there about how much healthier gluten-free diets are, and how toxic or calorie densed gluten is, are they really true? Well here are the facts to set you straight:

Gluten is actually just a protein found in certain whole grain foods like rye, wheat, barley, and the less common triticale. Its elastic and cohesive properties make gluten very useful in food processing, especially for baked goods. For example, a network of gluten proteins can form in bread dough, allowing it to rise and become fluffy during baking to form a delicious texture. Being a protein also means that it is not packed with calories as some may believe.

Originally, gluten-free labels were designed to inform people with allergies to gluten which food products are safe to eat. These can include people with celiac disease, or people with non-celiac gluten sensitivity. If these individuals were to consume gluten-containing products, they could experience autoimmune reactions which damages their intestinal tracts. Stomach pain, bloating and diarrhea are a few of the symptoms people with gluten allergies would feel. Of course, they would have a hard time getting valuable nutrition into their bodies too because they cannot properly digest and absorb them.

So why all the hype about removing gluten from the diet? It started with the trend to remove carbohydrates from the diet as a way to lose weight and lower the chances of developing cardiovascular disease. This trend included natural sources of carbs such as the whole grains. Because these high carb grains had gluten in them, there was a misconception that gluten containing products also provided lots of extra calories, and the negative effects on health has been blown out of proportion.

Whole grain products actually provide healthier forms of carbs that help control your blood sugar levels and is long sustaining. This means that it will provide you with energy for a longer time without the spike in blood sugar. These gluten containing grains also have important nutrients such as some B vitamins, iron and much more. These foods also have lots of dietary fibre, which actually plays a role in weight reduction. On the plus side, grains have other nutrients not essential for life…but they do benefit your health!

Remember how earlier we mentioned gluten provided good texture in foods? Well, since gluten-free products has removed the gluten, food compnies need to add extra additives to their food products to make them taste better. This processing step can increase unwated calories in the food product. Next time you head for the groceries, just pick an item and compare the gluten-free version to the normal version. You’d be amazed to see how different the nutritional content and the ingredient list may be. It is also a lot pricier even though you lost a bunch of good nutrients. With all these facts in mind, it is safe to say that gluten-free diets are not necessarily healthier for the average person.

 

Here is a summary on gluten-free diets to help you decide if its the right way to lose weight.

Final Verdict?
No, gluten-free diets do NOT help you slim down and may in fact, cause you to gain more weight!

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