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Short-Term Gluten-Free Diets

I hope that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! My family had a busy week of preparing, eating, and traveling. With all that behind me, I'm ready to get back into the swing of things.

This month has been Gluten-Free Awareness month, so I wanted to share some of my thoughts on eating gluten-free and how it can be beneficial for a short time, but not long term. The reason I say short time is because, unless you have gluten intolerance or Celiac disease, there is really no need to avoid gluten.

Gluten is a protein found in foods such as wheat, rye, and barley. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease in which gluten causes the body to attack the small intestine, reducing its ability to absorb essential nutrients and increasing inflammation.

Like all diets, gluten-free diets are fads. Sorry to say it but, there really isn't any rhyme or reason as to why healthy people should be eating gluten-free. There isn't any significant benefit to your body. The main reason as to why gluten may be making you feel full, bloated, or gassy can be attributed to eating foods that either are heavily processed or contain processed forms of gluten in their ingredients. This is then categorized as gluten sensitivity and may require you to avoid gluten for a time or stick to eating organic forms of gluten.

Avoiding gluten includes cutting out traditional breads, cereals, some sauces, pizza, beer, pasta, soy sauce, natural flavorings, certain vitamin and mineral supplements, and some toothpaste. This eliminates A LOT of food choices in a traditional grocery store. The other downside is that gluten-free foods generally cost a lot more than traditional options.