Bad for your waistline?
Many people’s health and diet are being affected by an intolerance they don’t realize they have.By TIM VALDERRAMA
Today Americans are realizing that a diet of fast food and soda may lead to heart disease and diabetes. What they don’t know is there is another offender in the typical American diet that most people would never suspect to be causing them a problem. Gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, barley, kamut, spelt, and oats, can be bad for your waistline and your health. Gluten is a major component of most breads, pastas, flour tortillas, and the majority of processed foods such as crackers and cookies. Gluten is the part of these foods that makes the dough light and fluffy, yet still stick together.
The most dangerous aspect to gluten is that the majority of people who are gluten sensitive do not even suspect it to be a problem. For those who are sensitive, gluten can be the hidden culprit in a multitude of problems. Evidence has shown inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis, depression, muscle and joint pain, neuropathy, osteoporosis, canker sores, migraines, autism, auto-immune disease, chronic fatigue, and rheumatoid arthritis are just a few of the health problems commonly caused by gluten sensitivity.
It is probably beneficial to anyone suffering from a chronic condition to rule out whether or not gluten sensitivity is a contributing factor. If gluten is the underlying problem the good news is it is 100% avoidable! Just cut gluten containing products out of your diet. Gluten sensitivity is an under-diagnosed cause of many chronic medical conditions. For anyone who is suffering from fatigue, chronic muscle or joint pain, digestive problems, skin issues, any of the other conditions mentioned earlier in this article, or anyone who is simply interested in improving their health and wellness,a six-week trial period of cutting gluten out of your diet to see how you feel can tell a lot about your gluten tolerance level and sensitivity.Processed foods containing gluten are also a contributing factor for weight gain. By substituting these processed foods for fresh foods as part of a gluten free diet, many individuals lose weight. I recommend a strong focus on a whole foods diet including plenty of whole grains, healthy proteins, fresh fruits and vegetables.
Foods gluten is hiding in:
- Ale, beer, and lagery
- Cereals (breakfast) – i.e. Weetabix, All Bran, Cornflakes (contains malt flavoring)
- Brown rice syrup
- Soup base
- Luncheon meats
- Soy sauce