A Gluten-free diet is a diet for the individuals who must exclude gluten strictly from their diet. It is a combination of proteins that are found in wheat and other grains, including oats, rye, barley, and also it is available in a hybrids group like Triticale and Kamut. Oats are also included in the gluten-free diet and still, the discussions are happening on this subject, and it still remains controversial.
Gluten can cause several health problems, especially for those people who are suffering from gluten-related health conditions, including NCGS (non-celiac gluten sensitivity, CD (Celiac Disease), dermatitis herpetiformis, Gluten ataxia, and wheat allergy. These people must consider taking gluten-free diet as it is considered as the only effective treatment. Also, several studies conducted on this subject shows that over 79 percent of the people who are suffering from CD have a partial recovery of the small bowel even when they are on a stern gluten-free diet. This is caused by involuntary indigestion of gluten. Most people who do not anything about gluten-free diet often think that they are following the diet strictly, but they still make common errors.
In some cases, the gluten-free diet actually improves systemic or gastrointestinal symptoms in some diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, HIV enteropathy, or multiple sclerosis, and other diseases. Also, this gluten-free diet also used as a substituted to treat people suffering from autism; however it is weak and limited.
A gluten-free diet is popular among those people who do not have any gluten-related health conditions. The benefits that the individuals obtained through the diet include weight loss, improved health, and enhanced energy. Most of these clinical studies conducted on the gluten-free diets on those people who are suffering from celiac disease. That is why there is not much medical evidence about the health benefits of a gluten-free diet in the common people.
Taking out the gluten from the diet might change your intake of vitamins, fiber, and other nutrients. That is why, no matter why you want to follow a gluten-free diet, it is very crucial to know how it can affect your nutritional needs in general. You can ask your dietitian or a doctor to help you make an appropriate list of the dietary to maintain a balanced diet.
Following the basic gluten-free diet is not a difficult task at all, but you should understand the basic rules. Here you can find some of the safe foods as well as unsafe foods that can help you follow a gluten-free diet.
Safe Gluten-Free Foods: The whole foods that do not contain dangerous gluten, including:
- Corn in various forms, including cornmeal, corn flour, grits, etc.
- Plain rice in various forms, including wild rice, white, basmati, brown, enriched rice, etc.
- Arrowroot, Amaranth, Buckwheat, flax, quinoa, millet, soy, sorghum, polenta, teff, and more.
- Gluten-free grain flours, nuts, coconut and beans, and also millet flour, buckwheat flour, almond flour, and more.
- Glucose Syrup