Going gluten-free is an extremely popular diet these days, and it seems as if there are gluten free products everywhere. While gluten rich foods have been around for thousands of years, gluten-free eating is a popular new trend. But just how healthy is removing gluten from your diet? Although a gluten free diet is crucial for certain people, for others it is important to know which gluten free foods are actually healthy. Just because something is labelled as Gluten free, it doesn’t always mean that is good for you.
What is Gluten?
Gluten is a type of protein that is found in wheat, rye, and barley. Gluten helps bread rise and stay moist, and just one cup of gluten contains about 23 grams of protein. An estimated 3 million people in the United States have celiac disease, which means they must avoid gluten. Others have a sensitivity to gluten, and some just prefer to have a gluten free diet.
How Healthy Are Gluten Free Products?
For those who do not have a medical condition where they must avoid gluten, there are some things to know if you are considering a gluten free lifestyle. Many packaged gluten free items are actually worse for you because of their calorie content. It’s important to always read the labels to see what you’re eating. Just because a package says that it’s gluten free, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it is healthy. There is a lot of gluten free junk food out there. However, there are natural wholesome foods that are gluten free too. No reason to limit gluten for health risks. Fruit, veggies, beans, lean meats, wild rice, olive oil, and fish are just a few of the many naturally gluten free foods.
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