Gluten and Gluten-Free: The Bottom Line

Gluten is group of proteins found in most grains such as wheat, rye, and barley. It is used to add flavor, thickness, and texture to foods. Gluten is also used as a protein supplement and binder in baking. Some people have or can develop intolerance to these specific proteins and a gluten-free diet helps to alleviate the symptoms (such as bloating, excessive gas and abdominal discomfort.) People with Celiac disease and wheat allergy need to follow a strict gluten-free diet because gluten causes harmful and unsafe reactions in their bodies. Gluten-free as a diet trend or solution for weight loss is not the smartest remedy. Eliminating certain food groups when your body processes them normally will end up doing more damage than good in the long term. Everyone is different and has different foods that do or do not work for their specific body and lifestyle.


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