Gluten Free. Two words synonymous with a healthy lifestyle and optimal well-being. But what is gluten and how does it affect your health? There obviously must be a reason why avoiding this substance has garnered such a cult-like following outside of religious or cultural reasons. I will break down these reasons in the next few moments and hopefully, by the end of this article, you would have reached a gluten-free revelation!
What is Gluten?
Usually, when referring to gluten we aren’t just referring to a single substance but rather a mixture of proteins stored in the endosperm of the plant along with starch, these proteins include gliadins and glutelin’s found in wheat, barley, rye and some oats. Gluten as we know it is formed when these proteins are combined with water.
Uses of Gluten
In baking, the gluten in dough is responsible for the bread’s spongy elastic texture. There are also many other uses for gluten you can find this ingredient in beer, soy sauce, ice cream, ketchup and even certain cosmetics and hair products contain gluten. The versatile application of this ingredient poses a threat to those with celiac disease as it is easy to unknowingly consume gluten. In the UK half a million people who suffer this disease are undiagnosed!
Now we know what Gluten is, here are some reasons you should avoid it:
- Human stomachs cannot fully digest wheat resulting in left-overs being stuck in your digestive tract which causes bloating and feeling heavy.
- It will improve your vitamin intake! Wheat contains a phytic acid which inhibits the absorption of key minerals such as Iron and Zinc.
- Gluten is highly inflammatory which can lead to skin flare-ups such as eczema or psoriasis
- Gluten has been shown to reduce a woman’s ability to ovulate.
- Avoiding gluten has been shown to improve mental health reducing the symptom of depression, schizophrenia and autism.
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