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A Gluten-Free Evening

Pearl Manandar

Posted on April 19, 2018 23:36

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People who are gluten sensitive consider themselves to be suffering from the celiac disease. Gluten is a protein that is a part of gluten-free foods and is consumed by sufferers of this disease.

I recently met a friend after 5 long years and throughout our conversation he kept talking about gluten-free products and gluten-free diets. And I was curious to find out what this new fad is all about. This diet has grown to become a popular trend in today's living and is considered as a healthy eating pattern by people all over the world.

The word "gluten-free’’ seems to appear in most of the packaged foods and even in restaurant menus. But, is going gluten free just another fad or is it a healthy choice? My friend stated that a gluten-free diet is advised for people who have the celiac disease and they need to avoid food containing gluten.

I had never heard of "celiac" ever before. Well, he was there to enlighten me. Anything that causes difficulty in digesting food is considered "celiac." And he is suffering from one.

He tells me that foods such as wheat bran, barley, rye, flour and oats need to be avoided in this diet whereas soy, potato, tapioca, beans and quinoa are considered gluten-free. These foods are healthy and a lot of non-celiac people have felt better after consuming these products.

This fad has somehow caught on to the non-sufferers of this disease as well.  They consider it as a healthy option and a way to lose weight. He says that lot of people aren’t aware that these foods can be high in calories, fat and carbohydrates and the myth of weight loss may not necessarily be true for these foods.

He also warns that this could mean the possibility of eliminating essential nutrients such as vitamins and minerals required in their daily diet. It may not necessarily lead to weight loss by consuming gluten-free foods.

I realized my friend has really made some smart eating choices over the years gone by. His spouse isn’t suffering from the celiac disease but she too has embraced this lifestyle. For a person who isn’t suffering from this disease going completely gluten-free is tough.

My friend kind of convinced me into following this diet and has also suggested easy ways to incorporate into my daily meals. Start with gluten-free alternatives such as fresh fruit, leafy vegetables, poultry, fish and eggs which can be easily eaten with most of the meals.

Gluten-free grains such as quinoa, millet and amaranth too are popular. For people like me who love their spirits; wine, cider, sherry is a better option as compared to beer.

He just knew it all. I nodded my head and said I’ll give it a shot and try some of the grains. It seems a healthy choice but I’m not sure if I’ll last this lifestyle change.

 

 

 

Pearl Manandar

Posted on April 19, 2018 23:36

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Source: Live Science

A gluten-free diet is recommended for people who have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity. For other people, however, going...

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