Going gluten free is a popular trend these days; more and more people are treating gluten like a leper. The actual truth is that gluten is only harmful to a small percentage of the people trying so hard to cut it out. Cutting gluten may actually do them harm in the long run!
Gluten is a protein found in grains, wheat, and similar foods. It holds the food together, and is a fairly harmless protein … unless your body has a problem with it.
Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder in which the body treats gluten like an invader: it attacks the gluten proteins in your intestines. When your immune system attacks the gluten, it damages your intestines as well, which can lead to more serious digestive issues.
Celiac disorder isn’t as common as some people think. Most gluten-intolerant people suffer from non-celiac gluten sensitivity. This disorder is basically an allergy to gluten: your body reacts to gluten the way lactose-intolerant people react to milk. Allergic reactions are bad for the body, so it’s healthy for such people to eliminate gluten from their diet to avoid harming their intestines and digestive tract.
However, for those of us who have no physical problem with gluten, cutting it from your diet is useless. Gluten is a harmless protein that damages the bodies of those with gluten intolerances. For the average person, a gluten-free diet accomplishes nothing. If you or a loved one have celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity, here are six great gluten-free recipes. [Read more…]