This article is not for you, if you’ve a true gluten allergy or have been diagnosed with celiac disease. You’re welcome to spend your precious time on reading one of my other articles.
For those of you with persistent diarrhea, bloating, weight loss, poor appetite or itchy rash, I suggest discussing these symptoms with your doctor. You might have undiagnosed celiac disease.
I hope the last paragraph didn’t sound like an unintelligible TV drug ad.
Now, let’s move on.
We all love fashion and trendy stuff. Trends keep many businesses alive, by expanding the choices and varieties. A few of these trends remain in our culture for decades. However, most of them disappear, until they return few years later, after having had a facelift. A gluten-free diet is a trend that has been with us for several decades and will probably survive for many more.
Gluten allergy or celiac disease affects about 1% of the U.S. population. In individuals with celiac disease eating gluten (a protein found in wheat, rye and barley), it can lead to the production of antibodies (protein produced by your own body against another entity) that could damage the small intestine.
This response and the damage to wall of the small intestine leads to malabsorption, by diminishing the intake of important nutrients, such as vitamin D, calcium, vitamin B12, folic acid, magnesium and zinc into the body.
Celiac disease is bad and can interfere with your health. Understandably, the best and most straightforward treatment for this condition, is to stop eating gluten.
This simple fact has been repeatedly twisted and commercialized. In the media, the consumption of gluten has often been vilified, discouraged and associated with weight gain and poor health. This attack has been impressive, since according to statistics, the majority of Americans believe that eating gluten could harm their health and avoiding it, could improve their physical and mental well-being.
However, we’re talking about healthy people without symptoms and diagnosed with an allergic reaction to gluten. We’re blaming grains that have been feeding people for more than 10,000 years.
Who cares if we stop eating gluten and grains?
Nature has provided us with resources and foods. Each group of available food has its own benefits and place in our life. If we misuse or overuse a specific food group, we can’t blame the food. We should blame ourselves.
How we prepare an all-natural food and how we eat it, matters.
If we take the wheat and mix it with piles of salt, to make bread, combine a large piece of the bread with fatty meat and sugary soda and glue our bottom on the couch for hours, then we can’t blame the grain for our belly fat.
It’s that simple.
If you stop eating gluten and grains with no reason, then it’s understandable that you’ll pay for it.
A gluten-free diet can lead to iron and folic acid deficiencies. It’s expensive, like buying a specialized book for 400 dollars, compared to buying a copy of Pride and Prejudice for 10 dollars or less.
A gluten-free diet is low in whole grains but commonly richer in fat and sugar and might increase the risk of type 2 diabetes.
A piece of my mind
Nature provided us with amazing ingredients and left us the freedom to use them as we wish. We shouldn’t forget that humans invented the processed foods– that most of us are suffering from– and we should stop blaming the nature for own mistakes and incompetence.