Celiac Disease and gluten sensitivities are becoming more and more common nowadays. Gluten is essentially a group of proteins that can be found in grains like wheat, rye, spelt, and barley. “The Gluten-Free Diet” tends to be a popular, healthy decision even for individuals that do not have intolerances for the family of protein. The idea of this diet is to primarily eat protein, unprocessed foods, and fiber. Focusing on gluten-free whole grains like quinoa, rice, and millet is a sufficient way to add protein, fiber, and iron into your diet.
Choosing to be gluten-free is a lifestyle choice for many. However, deciphering between the healthy and unhealthy gluten-free substitutes can often be a challenge. There are so many replacement options for pasta, pizza, and bagels out there that it can stray people away from the healthy benefits of the diet. Due to the sudden popularity of the meal plan, you can practically find a gluten-free version of almost any food. For people with Celiac Disease and sensitivities, these products can be helpful if you’re feeling like you’re missing out on some of your old favorite cookies, cupcakes, and more. They taste fairly similar! Many mistakingly assume that gluten-free prepared bakery products and snacks are healthier than those containing gluten. These gluten-free products typically are very high in sodium, saturated fat, cholesterol, and more. People who choose this diet for health reasons should try and avoid these food groups.
If you stick to categories like fruits, vegetables, meat/poultry, fish/seafood, beans, and nuts that are all naturally gluten-free, your body will reap the rewards. Many find that going gluten-free (even without having a gluten sensitivity or Celiac Disease) can improve their gastrointestinal health, but this can only occur in you follow the healthier version of the diet. Going gluten-free is a big choice, but there are so many delicious and healthy food options available out there! Check out some more tips on eating healthy when you’re gluten free:
- 8 Myths About Gluten
- Just Because It’s Gluten-Free Doesn’t Mean It’s Good for You
- The Only Natural, Gluten-Free Grain You Need to Eat
- 27 Helpful Diet Tips for Starting a Gluten-Free Diet (via BuzzFeed)
- Healthy Breakfast Ideas: Gluten-Free Breakfast Recipes (via Glamour)
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