Skip the gluten and lose the weight. Are gluten free diets the latest celebrity craze for weight loss or only for individuals with gluten intolerances and celiac disease or is it a really legitimate approach to weight loss? In the midst of the gluten free dieting, the annual sales of gluten free products has surpassed $2 billion annual sales revenue. It can be overwhelming to decipher what gluten free products are healthiest and weight loss worthy.
Let’s start with the basics: gluten is the protein found in wheat and most grains, such as rye and barley. It can cause stomach issues, cramping, bowel pain, malabsorption, deficiency in nutrients, and has also been linked to headaches, adrenal overload, fatigue, arthritis-like symptoms, inflammation and mental fogginess. Eating too much gluten has been linked to pre-diabetic, diabetic, heart disease, high cholesterol, joint pain, and allergic dermatitis because most people are consuming highly processed foods. Switching to a gluten free diet can be very healthy along with having long-term health benefits. The key is to make sure the gluten free diet is incorporating balanced meals with a wide array of nutrients as opposed to gluten free processed foods. Here is some advice to help you along in the process.