So why this new gluten free phenomena all of a sudden? Well our diets are not what they used to be. A century ago, people didn’t have cereal for breakfast, bread for lunch, and then pasta for dinner. If they had gluten it was from cooking actual wheat the grain or having a piece of whole grain unprocessed bread for breakfast. They didn’t have it in the excess the we have it nor was it excessively processed and contaminated through that process. Also it wasn’t genetically modified and hadn’t evolved as much from its original state of being. Also, their lives weren’t the picture of health which is why I am against any diets of our ancestors that are popular right now (AKA Paleo). That is for another post however.
Gluten in essence is a protein found in various grains. It is known to be inflammatory in your gut. As we know the majority of your immune system is in your gut and it should be protected and cared for an inflammatory foods avoided. Gluten free diets used to be exclusively for people with Celiac’s Disease but not anymore. I experimented going gluten free and let me tell you I noticed a difference right away. I felt less bloated, constipation and general gastrointestinal discomfort. I also felt less tired after say a big pasta meal. Gluten free beauty products are also becoming popular right now as people who are sensitive to gluten internally can also be sensitive to gluten externally.
People with Leaky Gut Syndrome or Candida are recommended to go gluten free to help alleviate unnecessary stress on the digestive system. Many people are realizing the benefits of going Gluten Free and it is one of the fastest growing markets out here now in the food industry. Just be careful because many gluten free products substitute with GMO corn or soy and barely any gluten free products are organic.. Try to stick with brown rice based substitutes instead of corn. And just because something is gluten free does not mean you should eat it. There are plenty of junk food options out there as well. Just use gluten free varieties of what you would normally eat as substitutes. Example: brown rice pasta instead of whole grain pasta. It also has the added bonus of being high in protein as well.