The Benefits of a Gluten Free Diet: Should you be Gluten Free?
Oprah brought gluten to our national attention in 2008 during her 21 day cleanse when she gave up gluten, sugar, meat, dairy and caffeine. Gluten is the protein content of wheat, barley and rye—a staple of the American diet, found in bread, pizza, pasta, beer and many processed/fast foods. If you're considering the potential benefits of a gluten free diet, you should make a well informed decision and that's why we're here.
Celiac.com tells us the symptoms of celiac disease—a.k.a. gluten intolerance—can range from mild weakness, bone pain, and aphthous stomatitis to chronic diarrhea, abdominal bloating, and progressive weight loss. A person who continues to consume gluten will increase their chances of gastrointestinal cancer by a factor of 40 to 100 times that of the normal population.
It's important to consult your doctor before you alter your diet and see if you will reap the benefits of a gluten free diet.
What causes gluten intolerance?
Now that you know what gluten intolerance is, it's important to know what causes it and according to some researchers, it may have to do with the ways wheat is processed and consumed—and the recent increase in processed foods.
Mark Hyman, M.D. makes no bones about it in his blog “Three Hidden Ways Wheat Makes You Fat”. Hyman says that the biggest problem is the wheat we eat. "This is not the wheat your great-grandmother used to bake her bread. It is Franken Wheat—a scientifically engineered food product developed in the last 50 years." He explains that the new wheat contains a super starch that is super fattening, a super gluten that is super inflammatory and a super drug that is super addictive.
Going gluten free
In another article by Dr. Hyman, “Gluten: What You Don't Know Might Kill You,” he states that “gluten sensitivity is actually an autoimmune disease that creates inflammation throughout the body with wide-ranging effects across all organ systems including your brain, heart, joints, digestive tract and more.” He believes that health problems caused by gluten sensitivity cannot be treated with better medication. He feels that they can only be resolved by eliminating 100% of the gluten from your diet.
In that article Dr. Hyman suggests people self-test this theory by cutting ALL gluten from their diets to see how they feel and to see if they can reap the benefits of a gluten free diet. However, it's important to consult your doctor before you dramatically alter your diet.
In WebMD's article Going Gluten Free, Dr. Stefano Guandalini, M.D., director of the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center urged individuals who thought they had gluten problems to be tested for celiac disease before starting a gluten-free diet. "We are very passionate about that. If you think you might have celiac disease, the biggest mistake is to begin a diet without being tested.” The tests are very sensitive and won't give an accurate reading if the individual has stopped eating gluten. Testing is also important for relatives, since the disease can run in families.
The benefits of gluten free from bistroMD
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