Is Going Gluten Free Really All It Is Made Out To Be?

Should we all go Gluten Free? There are folks out there who swear that every human being has some kind of intolerance to gluten, and this it is responsible for a whole host of medical issues including:
  • Chronic miscarriage
  • Infertility
  • Chronic stomach / intestinal problems / IBS
  • Anemia
  • Migraines
  • Osteoporosis
  • Skin problems such as psoriasis / eczema
  • Mental health problems especially schizophrenia / bipolar
  • Thyroid problems
  • ADHD / ADD
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Autistic spectrum problems
  • E / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Sleep problems including insomnia / sleep apnea
  • Diabetes
  • Restless legs
  • M.S.
  • Autoimmune problems
Others believe it is not nearly as bad as many have made it out to be, and that only those with celiac disease need to be concerned. Celiac disease only affects about 1-2% of the population. Some people think the gluten free craze is just another fad to get people to spend money on even more dieting gimmicks. There are even kits out there you can order online to have yourself tested for a gluten allergy (they run about $400) and you don’t even need to visit a doctor. So who is right? Well it’s hard to say. Of course it is always best to discuss this with your doctor. You can always experiment and stop eating gluten foods for a week and see how you feel. NOTE – if you are getting tested for a gluten allergy do not stop eating gluten foods as it will affect test results. If you are having digestive issues, cramping, regular constipation or diarrhea, regular mouth sores and/or chronic joint pain it might be a good idea to get tested. Actually if you are having any of those symptoms I think a trip to the doctor is warranted anyways. With that being said, it might be worth going gluten free or at least cutting WAY back because a significant amount of processed foods are made with gluten: breads, pasta, cereals, cookies, pastries, cakes, pies, crackers, etc, etc. We all know that eliminating or at least considerably reducing processed foods has a substantial positive impact on our health. A couple of things to consider – the gluten free craze has made some of us out there afraid to eat a whole host of foods! Assuming you have no issues, I think enjoying pasta once in a while or having some whole grain bread for your sandwiches is just fine. Some of us get a significant of nutrients from fortified grains and that shouldn't necessarily be stopped or avoided. I find it funny that almost everything is labeled 'gluten free'! I see chicken, hot dogs, peanut butter and even potato chips with these labels. No wonder so many of us think that going gluten free is the only way to go. Just like there are a ton of crappy gluten laden processed foods, there are plenty of gluten free crappy foods out there as well.  If you want to replace your processed foods with gluten free ones – that’s fine, but don’t replace them with more processed foods. Instead add in more fruits, veggies, legumes, nuts, seeds, meat, fish or eggs. Feel free to follow me on my Facebook page or check out more from me on my blog  

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