Is a Gluten-Free Diet Good for You If You Are Not a Celiac?
Many individuals are switching to a gluten-free diet even though they don’t have to. While those with celiac disease suffer from gluten intolerance (an inherited autoimmune deficiency that results in intestinal damage with gluten consumption), there are others who make the switch for apparent weight loss benefits. Unfortunately, this could cause serious nutritional deficiencies, or worse still, result in weight gain.
So should you go gluten-free if you do not have celiac disease?
The answer is not that simple! There are individuals with wheat allergies and non-celiac gluten sensitivity, who must also avoid gluten in their foods. Those who are allergic to wheat (which contains gluten) may experience skin, respiratory and gastrointestinal symptoms when they eat it. This is often perceived to be a gluten problem, when it may really be a wheat allergy.
What is non-celiac gluten sensitivity?
Early research indicates that individuals with non-celiac gluten sensitivity experience symptoms similar to those with celiac disease (or wheat allergies) but without the intestinal damage. Studies are still in their infancy and little is known about the amount of gluten that can cause an issue, or if it is the actual problem at all.
Is a gluten-free diet good for you?
Gluten is found in wheat, rye, barley and any foods (including cereals) made with these grains. These foods contain many essential nutrients, hence a gluten-free diet can affect your health.
- Refined gluten-free foods could result in deficiencies in vitamin B, folic acid, selenium, iron, calcium, etc.
- High-sugar gluten-free foods could cause weight gain.
- You could suffer from a lack of protein.
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Wheat bran, for example, is a great alternative to wheat (if you are not a celiac) and contains some essential B vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin and folate. Flax seeds which are very high in dietary fibre also contain more calcium, iron and omega-3 fatty acids and have less fat than wheat germ.
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