Today, gluten is a buzzword and gluten-free diet becomes one of the most popular diets whether it be for weight loss or for general health goals. Food manufacturers now selling gluten-free food products, restaurants and cafes are now offering gluten-free menus. So, what’s up with gluten and gluten-free diet? Is this another fad diet, or is there a real science behind it, and is it worth going for long-term health?
These are just among the questions we should be asking instead of immediately jumping on the bandwagon and go with the flow. However, there are new studies that can prove gluten is the new dietary enemy. Right now, millions of people from around the world especially coming from developed countries gave up the consumption of gluten for the sake of better health. Celebrities endorsed gluten-free diet, which makes it in a category of fad diets. But first, what is gluten and why it’s toxic to the body? Isn’t it we’re already eating gluten since the beginning of time?
Gluten is a protein found in grains. However, not all grains contained toxic gluten. Experts referred to toxic gluten in wheat, rye, and barley. One expert in gluten, Tom O’Bryan, M.D. said that gluten is not bad for us, but bad gluten is bad for us. Another expert who is considered one of the leaders in gluten research, Alessio Fasano, M.D. of Massachusetts General Hospital said that gluten is toxic, but not everyone who eats gluten will get sick. Confusing, isn’t it?
Fortunately, here’s a short documentary about gluten. Basically, gluten is protein as mentioned earlier that also two other proteins called gliadin and glutenin. In this documentary by ABC Australia, experts in gluten like Dr. Fasono reveals to us why it’s toxic and should we go gluten-free all the way. In addition, Dr. Fasano and his team also discovered the Zonulin protein and how it affects the intestinal wall with consumption of gluten.
Should We All Gluten-Free?
If you’ve watched the documentary from beginning to end, you already have an answer, especially that Dr. Alessio Fasano provided a clear insight on going gluten-free. Going gluten-free is not as simple as eating gluten-free foods you stumbled on and buy in groceries. Choosing the right foods matter, and experts agree that whole foods are the best foods to eat. When it comes to grains, there are other whole grains containing gluten without the toxic variety including rice, quinoa and among many others.
Hence, a good lesson to learn is not to eat junk gluten-free foods because you’ll end up packing on pounds later and blame your doctor for it. Educate yourself about whole foods and avoid junk foods. Junk foods are foods not containing the essential nutrients lost during processing. You may also heard Dr. Fasano the wheat we have today is not the same wheat 10,000 years ago, and the human species 10,000 years ago and earlier are gluten-free. One farmer in the documentary believed that it’s due to wheat processing, and the less it’s processed, the better.
Another doctor who recommends getting gluten out of the diet is Dr. Adrian J. Den Boer. He is not as well-known on the internet as doctors O’Byran and Fasano, but he is one of the doctors who practiced functional medicine, a kind of health care that takes the best of alternative medicine and latest beneficial methods of modern medicine. Below is one of his presentations where he talked abut the truth of gluten and his experiences with his patients.
It’s a longer video, but I believed you’ll learn a lot from it about gluten. Some dietitians are not favorable on going gluten-free, and if you’re one of these people who fall in this category, watch and listen with an open mind. Who knows something in you kicks in and be able to get the best option of going gluten-free.
Celiac Disease Foundation is a website that provides information and listed the foods containing gluten. This may not be the most comprehensive list, but it’s a good list to start learning the foods without the toxic gluten. The website also provided a list of foods to eat (mostly plant-based) for people who decided to go gluten-free.
What Are The Benefits of Going Gluten-Free?
When you go gluten-free appropriately, there are many health benefits including weight loss. Men with issues with fertility and testosterone may benefit with a gluten-free diet and even those who simply want to stay healthy especially maintaining sexual health. It may also help with stress, high blood pressure, and among many others.
Consult your doctor about it or your dietitian if you don’t have any idea on how to get started. You can also further enhance your education about gluten by reading books and listening to experts on this subject. With today’s technology, it’s now easy to learn at the comfort of our home listening to experts from around the globe. Let’s take that opportunity to help ourselves take control of our health.
Here’s another good one to watch and listen especially for people who eat a gluten-free diet for weight loss, but still struggling to lose weight and end up gaining weight instead.