The Gluten-Free section of every supermarket is ever expanding. It would seem more and more people are adopting this diet. But why? Is it helping people lose weight, what are people experiencing and is it for you??
For sufferers of Coeliac Disease maintaining a Gluten Free diet is life sustaining. Gluten Free diets lack gluten in the protein. This gluten normally comes from Wheat or Barley and is found in Bread, Pasta, Pancakes and Crackers. This is replaced in a Gluten Free diet with substitutes like Rice, Millett or Quinoa.
People who pursue a gluten free diet report increased energy levels and as a result are able to attain a healthier lifestyle choosing to undertake more sport and exercise. Gluten is known to increase inflammation and as a result a gluten free diet is often chosen by people with sore joints, arthritis or rheumatism in order to aid their recovery.
Gluten is not recognised by the immune system and therefore attacks the intenstines and can cause damage, this means that people who consume gluten don’t absorb nutrients as well as those that are gluten free, these nutrients are essential for muscle repair and growth as well as keeping the immune system topped up.
Gluten products can often contain more calories, due to the substitutes and way that they are made they often contain higher fat and calorie content. Some people confuse gluten free with low-carbohydrate diets that aid in weight loss.
This is not necessarily the case and gluten-free products often contain as much carbohydrates as gluten based products. In short gluten is not harmful to your weight and doesn’t make you put weight on. Unless you are Coeliac, gluten intolerant or suffering from inflammation of any kind then it may not be for you. The answer is to know about your foods, know how they effect your body and make sure you have a varied and balanced diet. Consult your doctor, a nutritionist or one of the i-motion gym PT’s if you want more information.
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