Gluten Free Diet

The Benefits of a Gluten-Free Diet

Why gluten free?

There are many benefits associated with switching to gluten-free diets. Traditionally, this type of diet was most suitable for individuals suffering from allergic reactions to gluten, or individuals suffering from Coeliac disease. However, since the diet has become more widespread, individuals have been claiming that it has also increased energy levels, lowered bad cholesterol levels and assisted the body's digestive process.

Substitute items on your grocery list with gluten-free alternatives

The first step is to create a gluten-free food list. Since most individuals have different tastes when it comes to food, an identical list will not satisfy everyone. However, the following products are items that are either gluten free, or have gluten-free alternatives at your local grocery store:

  • Gluten-free bread
  • Unprocessed beans and seeds
  • Fresh meats and poultry- avoid any type that is breaded or marinated
  • Arrowroot cookies
  • Corn and cornmeal
  • Rice
  • Fruits and vegetables

If you are the type of individual who enjoys cooking and baking, switching to a gluten-free diet does not have to take the enjoyment away from preparing your favorite meals. A brief search on the internet will list some of the most popular gluten-free recipes. However, it is a good idea to research the ingredients to ensure that the recipe is legitimate.

Steps to switching to a gluten-free diet

  1. The first step is to properly identify sources of gluten. This information can easily be found on any Coeliac society website
  2. Make a list of some of the foods that you love and try to find gluten-free alternatives. Switching to this diet does not require that you give up your favorite dishes!
  3. Meet with a nutritionist who can help you ensure that you are still getting the nutrients you need on your new diet
  4. Find restaurants in your area that offer a gluten-free menu. Since this diet is still relatively new, this may be a more difficult task. However, there are more speciality restaurants and cafes that are starting to appear. Joining an online gluten-free community can help you locate these.