How many times have you heard this statement lately? "I only eat Gluten-Free"? But do we really know what we're saying or what it really means? Are we mistaking the term "Gluten-Free" with eating healthy and for weight loss purposes?
Well, let's start with the definition of Gluten:
Gluten is a general name for the proteins found in wheat, rye, barley and triticale – a cross between wheat and rye. It helps foods maintain their shape, acting as a glue that holds food together.
So there's the definition but what does this mean for me?
That really depends on the health goals you have for yourself. If you're finding that you're uncomfortable after you eat certain foods like pasta, bread, cereals, and grains then you just might have a very low tolerance for Gluten. You can always test it out buy taking note of what you have eaten in the past 24 hours (sometimes 48 hours). Then if you eat it again, do you have the same effect with bloating, gas, and very uncomfortable tummy? If so, then you just might need to stay away from Gluten products.
If you're in the group that wants to loose weight and have more energy for working out, then simply going Gluten-Free is not what you're really looking for. Exercise and weight loss is a much more in-depth process and daily regimen where you should pay attention to all food intake and have a scheduled exercise routine. This will, in no doubt, result in leaner muscles and ultimately, weight-loss.
So now let's talk about the group that isn't suffering from Gluten, and who are already in an exercise program. Do you still need to watch your Gluten? Absolutely!
There's an incredible range of conditions, everything from fatigue and canker sores, to osteoporosis and inflammatory bowel disease, which is associated with this seemingly innocent protein. Gluten causes trouble by making the body inflamed, resulting in effects all throughout the body.
Therefore, no matter what category you may fall under, Gluten is definitely bad news in which staying away from it could be the answer to your health concerns.
Understanding the effects of eating a Gluten-Free diet is the beginning of a possible break-through for our bodies.
So here's to your healthier self and "Eats for Life".