gluten-freeIt seems to be the age of cutting food. We’re throwing out our GMOs, our processed snacks, and anything that says “saturated fat” on the label. But one of the most prevalent foods being cut is gluten. Many people are suggesting that this food is bad for your health, especially if you suffer from celiac disease or auto-immune diseases. However, recent studies have shown that unless you suffer from these types of diseases, you probably should consume gluten since it’s a good source of daily vitamins. It’s all too confusing! So let’s answer this question… Should I be gluten-free?

 

What you GAIN from being Gluten-Free

When you eat your favorite cereal, bread, or grain that is full of  this protein called gluten, your body can possibly get a little bloated, gassy, and even tired! Gluten is a heavy protein that can make you feel sick, dizzy, and even a little moody! Imagine how you feel after Thanksgiving…. yeah, that’s most likely because of too much gluten (and from too much stuffing, but that’s besides the point). Those who suffer from Celiac Disease or a gluten intolerance altogether benefit from cutting this protein out of their diets. Those who are cutting it simply because…. well… that opens a different can of worms.

 

What you LOSE from being Gluten-Free

If you’re a relatively healthy person with no autoimmune or gluten intolerance, then cutting this protein out of your diet could be risky and somewhat unnecessary:

  1. Gluten contains most of your daily fiber– which is why we eat cereal for breakfast– and fiber is needed to keep us healthy, cleaned-out, and trim. When an individual cuts gluten, they also cut fiber, which can lead to bloating and constipation (but too much gluten can lead to the same thing)!
  2. Gluten-Free foods are also expensive! Since they aren’t the most popular thing in the world, companies charge a lot more for gluten-free foods.
  3. They supplement the gluten with sugar and sodium! Without the delicious taste of gluten proteins, the foods can taste… bleh. So companies will add in extra likes sugar, sodium, and fat to make the food taste better. And that’s definitely bad for your health!

Feel like you still get sick from gluten, but there’s not actual insensitivity? Research indicates that taking probiotics with gluten may help decrease the unofficial intolerance. Talk to your doctor to see if this might be an option for you!

Should I be Gluten-Free?

Overall, the answer is up to you and your doctor. However, if you are eating gluten-free to be “healthier” than your already healthy self, you may want to read some more research. Fiber is super important and so are a lot of the vitamins and nutrients from gluten!