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Can’t Digest Gluten? Here’s Why You Might Need to Go Gluten-Free

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During Food Allergy Awareness Week, it’s important to understand the difference between gluten sensitivity and allergies. While “gluten-free” has become a popular buzzword, it’s crucial to know if it’s the right choice for you. We’re bombarded with “gluten-free” labels, but is it just a fad, or are there real benefits? The answer, like most things in health, is nuanced. Gluten itself isn’t inherently bad. Humans have consumed it for centuries. The issue often lies with processed foods, white flour, and a lack of whole grains.  Portion control is key – remember, it’s a carb and just one part of your meal.

Whole grains offer a wealth of health benefits, from reducing type 2 diabetes risk to lowering colorectal cancer chances.

Who Needs to Go Gluten-Free?

Do you experience diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain after eating gluten? Certain conditions necessitate a gluten-free diet:

  • Celiac Disease: An autoimmune disorder where gluten damages the small intestine.
  • Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity (NCGS): Requires further research, but may not be gluten itself, but a protein called ATIs in wheat and barley.
  • Gluten Allergy: A milder reaction than celiac disease.
  • A gluten-free diet is a treatment for these conditions, not a weight-loss magic bullet.

 

Sourdough bread isn’t gluten-free. However, the fermentation process breaks down gluten into a more digestible form. The wild yeast and bacteria in the starter pre-digest some carbohydrates and protein, making it easier on your gut. Additionally, the fermentation reduces problematic gluten and fructans, potentially lowering the blood sugar spike.

Note: Sourdough is still not suitable for people with celiac disease. However, for those with IBS, gluten intolerance, or a mild allergy, sourdough might be a good option.

The Final Bite:

Going gluten-free should be a well-informed decision based on medical advice, research, and personal needs. Don’t let trends or celebrity endorsements dictate your diet. This Food Allergy Awareness Week, focus on informed choices for optimal health.

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