Gluten and gluten-free diets have become more popular among people and now experts as well. Gluten is a protein that is found in wheat, barley, rye and is added to many processed foods. (1) It is a common contributing factor to weight gain, toxicity, inflammation and allergic reactions.

Gluten-free products are now considered big business with sales reaching nearly $4 billion annually. Gluten-free diets became popular with individuals with celiac disease but soon found to provide a wide spectrum of health benefits for most people.

Pharmaceutical Paradise

A study published in the Journal of Pediatrics found that the incidence of celiac disease (CD) may be as high as 1 in 33 people. (2) Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system attacks and damages the intestines and digestive system.

Symptoms of celiac disease include:

Chronic diarrhea
Abdominal cramps and bloating
Pale stool
Tingling and numbness
Weight loss
Iron deficiency anemia
Pain in bones or joints
Depression or anxiety
Recurrent miscarriage
Missed menstrual periods

Gluten’s Dirty Secrets

Gluten primarily resides in processed foods and must be cut out of the diet. It is found in breads, pastas, cereals, pastries and cookies. It commonly hides in soups, candies, soy sauces, lunch meats and products that are marketed as no or low-fat.

Many non-celiacs and individuals that are gluten tolerant are switching to a gluten-free diet as well. A gluten-free diet has a wide spectrum of health benefits which include increased energy, stronger immunity, healthier digestion, balanced sugar, weight loss and improved cholesterol levels.

What do I eat? — Which grains are gluten-free?

Wheat, barley and rye have been found to be the most gluten-dense foods. Replace these highly processed grains with gluten-free healthy alternatives that include:

Hemp seeds
Amaranth seeds

Gluten, Obesity and Heart Disease

Gluten throws havoc on our digestive system, inhibits nutrient absorption and produces systemic inflammation that can cause obesity, diabetes, cancer and heart disease. The battle of the waistline is actually a battle of the taste buds. The sweet taste of processed foods unfortunately does not have sweet outcomes. The inner aisles of the supermarket may shorten your life.

The tainted food supply is producing a new generation of conditions never seen before. The primary goal is not to be sucked into the food and pharmaceutical industry rat race that is ultimately shortening the lives of millions of people. The hazardous effects of processed foods is now becoming apparent and a change back to eating fresh, raw and organic is on the horizon.




(2) Journal of Pediatrics January 2000 136:86-90

Author's Bio: 

Cory Couillard has owned two private practices and has been the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Brand Officer for the largest privately owned clinic. He is active in professional development, mass education programs and implementation of healthcare delivery systems.

Cory is currently a professional healthcare speaker and writer for newspapers, magazines, websites and other publications. He is also involved with the development of two international television health programs.

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