What is Gluten-Free Anyways?

Recently, Miley Cyrus Tweeted, ‘For everyone calling me anorexic, I have a gluten and lactose allergy. It’s not about weight it’s about health. Gluten is cr@pppp anyway!’ Then added, ‘Everyone should try no gluten for a week. The change in your skin, physical and mental health is amazing.’

She’s not the only one either, other thin celebrities, like Victoria Beckham, Gwyneth Paltrow and Zooey Deschanel also do not eat gluten. But what is gluten? Why does it work to keep these celebrities thin?

The Gluten-Free diet, a treatment celiac disease (inflammation in the small intestines) for people with gluten allergies, or to cope with autism, headaches or ADHD. Gluten, which is a protein, seems to be found in almost every processed food item in America, making this diet a frustrating challenge for those who are allergic or have celiac disease. It is also a fad diet for weight loss, as seen on Oprah.

However, it isn’t easy and there are drawbacks. Gluten-free substitute foods available can contain up to five times more fat than regular foods. Often, malnutrition can occur because the diet is so limited. Eating gluten-free can cause deficiencies in iron, vitamin B12, vitamin D, magnesium, fiber, and other nutrients because there is gluten in breads, cereals, and grains that are fortified.

            How difficult is the gluten-free diet? Imagine cutting out cereal, bread, cakes, pies, and croutons, even sometimes French fries. Any wheat is prohibited, which sounds simple at first glance. But once you start reading ingredient lists, you realized there is wheat in almost everything! Often used for breading, thickening, and fillers, you can find it in salad dressings, instant rice, even food coloring. 

Here are a few helpful tips and tricks for baking gluten free brought to us by NaturallySavvy.com; http://www.naturallysavvy.com/healthy-kitchen/20-tips-and-tricks-for-gluten-free-baking

My favorite is #8, using Xanthan gum which will help replace gluten’s role in your baked goods.


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