Before stating the reasons to go gluten free, lets try to understand what exactly the term means.
You may have noticed restaurant menu selections marked as gluten free or all the foods in natural food stores that are labeled gluten free. Whatever the reason, you want to know, “what exactly is a gluten-free diet?”
A gluten-free diet does not include the grains wheat, barley, rye, or hybrids of these grains. This includes all varieties and forms of these grains, such as spelt (a type of wheat) and malt (made from barley). A gluten-free diet is called a gluten-free diet because the grains that must be avoided all contain a protein called gluten.
Now here goes the reasons:
1. Our stomachs can’t fully digest wheat. The parts that get left behind produce gas which can leave you feeling bloated and icky!
2. Refined wheat actually has very little nutritional value, so you’re unlikely to miss it from your diet.
3. By removing gluten filled products from your diet, you leave more room for fruits and veggies.
4. 7. You’ll up your vitamin intake! Wheat contains something called phytic acid which can reduce the absorption of key minerals like zinc and iron.
5. Research shows that people suffering from IBS can also benefit from a gluten free diet.
6. Celebs such as athlete, Novak Djokovic and actress Gwyneth Paltrow are big advocates of the gluten free way of life, claiming it makes them feel better and less tired.
7. You might even cut down on the booze – that’s right, even some alcohol (beers, ales, lagers and stouts), contain gluten too.