What is Gluten? Can You Benefit From a Gluten Free Diet?

Gluten is a name given for a group of proteins found in wheat, rye, barley and triticale which are used to help foods maintain their shape.

Some products it can be found in:

  • Bread
  • Pasta
  • Soup
  • Cereal
  • Baked goods
  • Beer

Due to recent publicity, often by celebrities it has become a popular fad to follow whether its to become healthier, stop unwanted bowel symptoms or try to lose body fat. Made particularly popular in sport by the tennis player Novak Djokovic who has famously switched from a normal to gluten free diet, accompanied with what some feel is an increased performance outcome. With Novak, he suffers from celiac disease which would explain the increased performance. Celiac disease is a disease which means that you are unable to digest gluten effectively in the small intestine.

Due to Novak’s success and other celebrities or sportsmen and women turning to gluten, much of the general population are following suit thinking that this may improve their health or body fat goals when in fact there is absolutely no benefit from cutting gluten out, if anything stress and extra cost of buying specialist products. However, a very small percentage of the population may actually benefit from cutting out gluten.

Do you have celiac disease?

Symptoms include:

  • Diarrhoea
  • Bloating
  • Abdominal pain
  • Weight loss
  • Tiredness

If you think you may have this disease, try cutting out gluten exclusively, meaning absolutely no gluten products (check all labels and buy specialist products). Try this for a few days and if your symptoms improve then consult a doctor to undergo testing.

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