It’s time for another Austin Sports Medicine 101 class!
What’s the deal with gluten? It seems that everywhere we turn these days, gluten-free is popping up.
Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disorder triggered by the consumption of the protein gluten that causes damage to the small intestines that prevents the sufferer’s body from absorbing nutrients and causing other medical conditions.
Those suffering from this disease are required to completely avoid gluten. But some make the choice to be gluten-free as part of their lifestyle. That can work, but let’s take a closer look at what it means to go gluten-free.
Gluten-free does not mean carb-free. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. Rice, potatoes and corn are starchy foods that do not contain gluten.
Do you have a friend that went gluten-free and lost weight? Well, that may be true, but not likely because of the gluten. Cutting gluten means you ditch things like traditional pasta, cookies and cake, which of course leads to weight loss. An overall healthy diet of veggies, fruits, nuts and lean proteins is naturally low in gluten – we should all be eating this way.
If you choose to go gluten-free altogether for medical reason or just because you want to, remember that gluten-free doesn’t guarantee healthy. Gluten-free cookies are still cookies, and a piece of fruit is still a better option.
So remember, if you choose to go gluten-free, do your research. There are ways to do it right and ways to do it wrong.