Along with “Low fat,” and “No cholesterol,” “Gluten-Free” is the new health claim printed in bold on some packaged foods now-a-days. Though many may not know what it means, it has succeeded in drawing a lot of attention. In fact, many people have adopted the gluten-free lifestyle in hopes of losing weight, boosting energy and resolving any number of potentially gluten-related symptoms, such as diarrhoea, bloating, gas, headache, ADHD and mouth sores. Is going gluten-free healthy? Should we all be eating this way? Does gluten add extra pounds onto us?
Unless you are diagnosed with the celiac disease, you need not force yourself to go 100% gluten-free. Celiac disease, an autoimmune condition triggered by gluten, which is found in wheat, barley and rye. The disease causes inflammation in the small intestine and can lead to malnutrition.
Quick facts on gluten:
- It is a protein found in multiple grains, specifically wheat, spelt, barley, rye, and even oat. It can cause mild to severe stomach distress and autoimmune disorders in people unable to process it properly such as people with celiac disease.
- Gluten-free diets can cause undernourishment and weight gain. Most gluten-free foods contain fewer vitamins and less fibre
- Many gluten-free products have added fat, sugar and salt to help replace lost taste and texture
- Replacing gluten-containing processed foods with fresh, nutrient-dense foods could help you experience some weight loss. But, if you swap to gluten-free versions for your favourite carb-loaded foods (pizza, pasta, cookies), you may actually get fewer key nutrients and even gain unhealthy weight.
Opting for gluten-free snacks such as healthy nutritional bars, cookies over junk food seems to be a good idea, provided it is made of ingredients of the highest quality, with no added preservatives.
MWH DayHealthy is a nutritive brand that uses all premium ingredients to boost immunity and energy. The products under this brand are healthy, that is why the name DayHealthy. The are gluten-free, preservatives free and with no added flavours.
If MWH DayHealthy were asked whether going 100% gluten-free is a good idea or not, it would say,”Only those with celiac disease must resort to 100% gluten-free diet. For others: DON’T buy into the fad because it will not make you healthier nor will it make you lose weight by itself.”