What is Gluten?
Gluten presence in the food industry especially in terms of baking is not a news anymore as this controversial food substance is gaining attention both positively and negatively amidst critics. These days most people try to avoid gluten in their meals due to the more negative side in which it’s been view, some people regard it safe except for people who are suffering from celiac disease while some health practitioners beliefs it is not safe for most people.
In this text we will be looking at gluten as a whole and its effectiveness on human health.
Gluten in a simple explanation is a family of protein. Its present in cereals crops both in natural or hybrid nature of these cereals crops, gluten is common in rye, wheat, barley, though gluten dominate wheat than other grain food substance also it’s a point of interest to know that not all grains contain gluten, examples of these grains are sorghum, corn, quinoa, amaranth and millet to mention few. Gluten can be found in our everyday food such as bread, oats, and sauces and so on.
The two main proteins that are present in gluten which also have the negative effect on health are glutenin and gliadin where the later have more negative effect on health than the former. Now it’s a question of thought as to why gluten is prominent in grainy food substance this is because when flour is mixed with water the presence of gluten protein makes the flour sticky thus forming a glue pattern to the dough giving it the ability to swell or rise when baked and this explain the chewiness nature of baked product.
What is Gluten status on human health?
According to the foundation of celiac awareness, data collected shows that 18 million Americans are gluten sensitive, from this data collection we can see that gluten is not bad for all but to some certain people which are not tolerant to gluten in their body system and this is as a result of their sensitiveness or intolerance to gluten diet and also the abnormal digestive process in the body system.
Celiac disease is a well-known form of gluten intolerance, people with this ailment when they consume gluten their immune system will be weakened and this will result in the damage of their intestine preventing them from absorbing vital nutrients required in the body system and when the body reach a stage like this it result in the damage of the gut wall and this will lead to digestive impairment and might leads to many diseases, common symptoms that follow the occurrence of the celiac disease are headache, weight loss, rashes on the skin, constipation tiredness and several other reactions including bloating which is a rare occurrence in human body system. Not everyone with the disease has digestive symptoms some don’t have but might feel headache and tiredness, as a result of this most people with the disease don’t know they have it and it is very dangerous to their health status.
Also there are people who are not diagnosed of celiac disease but still gluten intolerance, people with this condition are said to be non-celiac gluten sensitive, experts believe that this condition is not necessarily caused by gluten but might be a result of other ingested food material or an imaginary action by the patient. Symptoms of this are synonymous to that of the celiac disease they include, tiredness, stomach pain, bloating, diarrhea and depression. This condition is referred to as non-celiac gluten sensitivity which means you are not diagnosed with celiac disease but it’s as a result of negative reaction to gluten intake.
Wheat allergy is also associated to gluten and this is because gluten is one of the component of wheat, actually because a food product is labeled “gluten-free” does not mean an individual can’t be subjected to allergy, the immune system respond negatively to some component of wheat and at such might be taken to be dangerous to the body system and in turn can cause different ailment in the body. Unlike the celiac disease the wheat allergens react to it almost immediately and must be attended to rapidly at such.
Are you Gluten Intolerant?
First of all to be sure you have to ignore some food product you must ensure you are gluten intolerant, this is to know the type of diet you will be subjected to in order not avoid some vital nutrient required by the body and if you are gluten intolerant then you have to know the needed supplement to take.
The most common symptoms of gluten is digestive disorder, as well as weight loss and anemia. And there is a need to contact your doctor and when contacting your doctor it is required to have a blood test and biopsy analysis to check the damages done to the body and tissue and this will ensure a good correction on what diet to follow and what supplement to be taken to correct this.
You can also try a gluten free diet if you are convinced that you are sensitive to gluten for a couple of weeks to see if the symptoms changes and then re-introduce the normal diet if the case still persist then you can be sure it’s something other than gluten by then you can complain to a medical expert for a proper test and proper treatment.
So it’s advisable to always visit your doctor when you feel uncomfortable or you react negatively to gluten to get proper attention and treatment so that you can also be put on a diet schedule to correct your daily diet.
What should I Eat to Stay Free of Gluten and Maintain a Healthy Life?
It’s not easy to make room for a gluten free life, but there a specific method or logic to adopt this new lifestyle. We will be following some measure to arrive to this point.
It may take a couple of month to be accustom to this new process, at first it may look challenging to eat a gluten free diet because almost all the food you love might be eliminated because they are full of gluten or you might be too conscious of the food product you are exposed to and might not be sure if it’s okay to eat or not. It’s a normal process as you might have forgotten not to eat some gluten food, don’t worry because without realizing it, you’re already making a progress since you bear it in your mind, be sure it’s a step towards a better healthy life.
It’s important that you forget about what you are not suppose to eat and focus on what you are suppose to eat to have a healthy life. At this point you will be tempted to go back to your previous diet life because you will feel that there is something missing in your everyday life but don’t forget you must focus and ignore the temptation, in this situation it is very important you understand the ingredient of your new diet as it will also give you a peace of mind that you’re on a right course and will propel your desire to continue with the gluten free diet.
It’s also important to have support from some source like the gluten free support group this is a bold step to fulfil your goal as this will make you connections and make you feel stronger knowing you are not alone and you will know better and have more understanding why it’s important to follow your new diet. Don’t forget there is so much strength you can actually gain through this group.
It’s essential you plan effectively towards when buying, storing and cooking and this goes with how you schedule your day, make sure you have your gluten free at your reach wherever you are to ensure you don’t mistakenly go back to your previous diet due to the fact that you are stranded base on the location or condition which you find yourself and you are left with no option to buy a food that contain gluten which will further cause damage to the immune system of the body.
Don’t stick to a certain meal as this can lead to frustration of the entire process, but with the connections build and exposure, you can vary your food and still maintain that healthy life, it’s important to use gluten free pasta while cooking because this is an essential part of cooking, this is the part where body immune system is induced by what passes through the body system itself.
Be sure to include calcium in your meal and diet. I’m sure the question is why?, calcium is necessary in your diet because when you are being diagnose of celiac, calcium is one of the nutrient which this disease disturb and have been misplaced, as a result, if this nutrient (calcium) is not replaced it may lead to osteoporosis which can be very dangerous to the framework of the body.
Foods that are gluten free
Finally, we will be going through some food stuff that are best for this condition, we will be looking at different classes of food. Fruits in terms of vitamins must not be left out of our daily diet and this is because they help to replace the lost vitamin in the body, vegetable in terms of minerals help to boost the immune system and will help to replace the needed mineral lost in the body including calcium, iron, potassium and the likes depending on what the body requires. Other food substance are meat and poultry, fish and seafood, dairy. I will like you to look at this food substance and again, you will notice they are natural food that has not undergone a heavy processing and this will in turn complement the impaired structured of the body and perfect the body ecosystem.
Also there are some gluten free grains that are available to supplement gluten grains and they can be found in store across the community both locally and in some specific health store, but when going for grains we must ensure that they are not in contact with gluten grains to make such grains free from contamination and from causing damage to the body system. Below are some grains and other starch containing food that are gluten free.
- Maize (corn)