“Food, to me, is always about cooking and eating with those you love and care for.” – David Chang
Around 8.5 million people in the UK are now gluten-free for several reasons. Gluten is a protein that’s present in wheat, barley, oats, and rye. Gluten intolerance can cause health problems that can lead to serious illnesses (cancers, ulcers, osteoporosis, etc.).
The large number of celebrities who’ve gone gluten-free has led to its rise. Novak Djokovic, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Lady Gaga have all become proponents of the gluten-free diet, making the whole thing very popular all over the world.
Since it’s difficult to know the health benefits of going gluten-free for those who aren’t gluten intolerant, here’s what you should know before you do.
In this article, we’re looking at why you should go gluten-free, which foods contain gluten, some tasty gluten-free recipes, and providing you with some advice for going gluten-free.
There are three main reasons to stop consuming gluten:
There are many reasons to go gluten-free. (Source: Bru-nO)
In the first instance, gluten intolerance is an auto-immune problem in the intestine that leads to poor absorption of gliadin and atrophy of the mucus in the intestine.
Coeliac disease usually appears between 6 and 24-months old but can appear later. Symptoms include digestive problems (diarrhoea, constipation), fatigue, weight loss, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pains. If untreated, coeliac disease can cause cardiovascular problems, cancers, or neurological issues. Immunological tests, intestinal biopsies, and trying a gluten-free diet are ways to get a diagnosis.
For gluten sensitivity, the symptoms are similar. However, once the immunological tests are completed, the antibodies found in coeliacs won’t be present and neither will atrophy of the villi of the small intestine. If you think you may be gluten sensitive, consult a medical professional and plan a gluten-free diet that includes the right nutrients, minerals, and vitamins.
If you’re neither gluten intolerant or gluten sensitive, there may be no reason to go gluten-free. Recent studies conducted by Columbia and Harvard have shown that stopping gluten consumption in those who aren’t intolerant could increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
“Whole grains are known for their ability to reduce cholesterol and reduce the risk of cardiac diseases.” – Laurent Chevallier, nutritionist.
Going gluten-free for those who aren’t gluten intolerant comes from a misunderstanding of the science.
How can you explain that some people feel better if they stop eating bread?
“You need to know that some breads are full of additives that aren’t necessarily tolerated by the body. Rather than stop eating gluten, you need to consume bread with real yeast.” explains Dr. Laurent Chevallier.
Before blaming gluten for everything, you might want to change your diet and eat fewer processed products, eat healthier, and exercise. You’ll see an improvement in your wellbeing.
Gluten can be found in plenty of products. Here are a few of them:
If you’re coeliac or gluten sensitive, you won’t be able to have bread. (Source: Couleur)
Those with gluten intolerance should pay attention to food labels. Ideally, you want to avoid as much pre-prepared and readymade products as gluten is often used as a thickener. It’s better to cook from raw ingredients.
Find out which foods are gluten-free.
If you need to take gluten out of your diet, there are plenty of recipes that you can easily make. There are a lot of traditional recipes that you can make without gluten as long as you use starch or cornflour rather than flour to thicken sauces.
Falafel made from lentils is gluten-free. (Source: MarkusTT)
Here are three gluten-free recipes to get you started:
Ingredients for 3 people:
Ingredients for 4 people:
Ingredients for 4 people:
Going gluten-free might seem complicated since it’s present in so many ingredients. However, with a bit of advice, you can change how you eat without running the risk of consuming gluten.
If you’re going to go gluten-free, you’re probably going to have to cook for yourself a lot. (Source: rawpixel)
Now you can choose whether or not going gluten-free is for you. If you’re gluten intolerant, don’t hesitate to look for recipes online. If you want to stop for other reasons, you might want to talk to a medical professional to ensure that you don’t take any unnecessary risks.
So what are you going to do?
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