Gluten free diets are very trendy right now, however, what are the actual benefits. I found myself jumping on the bandwagon of eating less gluten and realized that I don’t even know what the benefits are. Most research I have found has said that a gluten free diet is really only beneficial if you have celiac disease or gluten insensitivity.
What is Gluten?
Gluten is a protein found in many grains that gives breads a chewy and elastic texture. It is the only protein found in food that is completely indigestible. In people with celiac disease, gluten can go through the intestinal lining and cause inflammation.
Negatives of the Gluten Free Diet
Gluten free diets can be healthy if you follow proper nutritional planning. If you don’t plan properly you could be missing out on fiber and nutrients. Also, just because a gluten free food doesn’t contain gluten doesn’t mean it’s healthy. There are plenty of desserts that do not contain gluten that aren’t the best for you. Don’t confuse “gluten free” with “healthy.”
Even though a gluten free diet may not show many benefits, there can be benefits to certain gluten free alternatives. For example, when it comes to pasta the traditional wheat pasta isn’t the healthiest choice. It’s not unhealthy, but there are healthier options. Spiralized vegges are the healthiest alternative to pasta. They are followed by lentil based pastas. Lentil based pastas are higher in protein and fiber than wheat based pastas.
The most important thing to remember is do your research when it comes to trendy diets. What may seem like the best diet doesn’t always have credible research to back it up.