Is it really necessary to get rid of gluten, and is this really a dangerous component to our health? If you do not have celiac and if you do not compulsively adopt new fashions, the answer to these two questions is clearly “no”.
At first, there are some myths that tried to convince us that milk was poison. Then we were told that carbohydrates were the greatest enemy of modern life. Now, there are some claims that gluten creates glue in the intestines, followed by some promising successful detox treatment.
What is gluten?
Gluten is a protein found naturally in certain grains, in wheat, in barley, in rye, and in oatmeal. Gluten gives the dough its flexibility and is found in foods such as bread, pasta, cakes, cookies and some snacks. Gluten is also used in the food and pharmaceutical industry.
What is intolerance to gluten?
Some people see gluten as a foreign body and attack it. This is an autoimmune disease known as celiac. The disease is characterized by various symptoms including developmental disorders in children, nutritional deficiencies, digestive problems and in some cases, hair loss.
What is a gluten-free diet?
A gluten-free diet is recommended for celiac patients. Those diagnosed with the disease must completely avoid foods containing gluten.
Is gluten-free diet recommended to everyone?
There is no serious evidence based on scientific research that a gluten-free menu improves the health of the entire population and contributes to a healthier lifestyle.
Does giving up gluten can lead to weight loss?
Avoiding gluten removes many foods from the diet including high-calorie foods such as snacks, fatty sauces, pastries and cakes. Naturally, avoiding such foods leads to weight loss.
So why not give up gluten?
The nutrition of people who avoid gluten is mainly based on carbohydrates that come from potatoes, rice, and corn. On the other hand, they avoid full, tasty and available cereals such as whole wheat, whole rye, oatmeal, and buckwheat. These grains have nutritional benefits because they contain fibers, vitamins and minerals that contribute to the feeling of satiety and are important to a balanced diet.
If you love pastries and fresh bread, you will have to give them up in a gluten-free menu. If you do this, you may lose weight following the daily calorie restriction but will you ever be able to avoid your favorite foods? How long can you keep this diet? What happens when you use the privilege of being healthy and going back to eating normally?
There is no doubt that an inevitable increase in weight is expected, and you are more likely to have a higher weight than you had at the beginning of the diet. It is just like any other weight loss diet that requires avoiding many foods.
A gluten-free diet requires an investment of time and money. Making or buying pastries at home is much more expensive than purchasing regular food. Keep in mind that you will not always find these foods in the local supermarket and sometimes, you will have to go too far to get them.
There is no need to suffer to lose weight. The process should be convenient and simple. The food you consume during diet should be as similar as possible to your current diet – with small, healthy changes tailored to you personally. Do not be tempted by trends, do not fall into the trap of fast diets, think about your future. Success means maintaining a healthy weight in the long term. There are no magic tricks and no shortcuts. Eat healthy and varied foods, do sports, enjoy the process, reach the right weight for you and keep it.