Gluten-free diet: useful or not?

Gluten – a protein (gluten) which is in wheat, barley and rye, but also it is in foods such as ice cream and ketchup. Gluten-free diet, as a rule, follow the people who suffer from gluten sensitivity or celiac disease. The conditions that cause a negative reaction to gluten and lead to irritation of the intestines. This prevents irritation to the body to absorb the necessary nutrients and leads to a deficiency of vitamins and minerals.

In recent years, gluten-free diets have become part of a weight loss fad. However, this diet does not necessarily mean that it is more healthy, and often leads to weight gain. Most products are gluten-free are high in processed carbohydrates and sugar. A person does not have to deal with sensitivity to gluten or celiac disease, it is a great choice in buying food rich in fiber (fruits and vegetables) and healthy fats. Whole grain barley, wheat and rye are also full of fiber, which can help lower cholesterol and improve the digestive tract.

The benefits of giving up gluten:

· If you have gluten intolerance or sensitivity, you may have an inflammation or irritation of the gastrointestinal tract. Eating gluten-free will help reverse these troubles.
· Encourages read the labels and make your meal more aware.
· Leads to a healthy diet that does not include processed foods.
· Introducing more high-quality grains in your diet, such as quinoa (quinoa).

Disadvantages of giving up gluten:

· Reducing carbohydrate intake due to a lack of knowledge about the nutrients (carbohydrates, not all contain gluten).
· Lack of fiber from traditional sources can lead to problems in digestion.
· Possible increase in weight due to the consumption of food without gluten, which often have high levels of fat and sugar.
· Possible increase in weight after normal work of intestines and begins the absorption of nutrients properly.
· Possible weight loss as a consequence of incorrect diet, by eliminating too many products from the diet.

If you think you have gluten sensitivity or celiac disease, see your doctor. Keep in mind that a gluten-free diet can affect the results of blood tests.