Gut Health, Lifestyle

Go with your Gut feeling

Gluten free diets have dramatically increased in the last decade. It has become common to see gluten alternatives at restaurants and supermarkets. Gluten is one of the proteins found in cereal grains such as wheat, barley, and rye. It has formed a large part of the Western diet, in bread, cakes and pasta. But growing research is showing that gluten can negatively affect the gut and the health of not just people with coeliac disease.

What is coeliac disease?

Coeliac disease is triggered by a reaction to gluten – exposure to gluten causes inflammation in the gut which gradually damages the small intestine. This tends to lead to problems absorbing minerals and nutrients from food. Symptoms can range from gut pain to diarrhoea.

In those with non-coeliac gluten intolerance, indicators like the disease are similar with altered bowl movement, bloating, wind, and discomfort. Some people tend to suffer from other factors including skin problems, and migraines.  There are also studies which link a leaky gut for those with a gluten sensitivity. This is mainly because the extensive damage caused by years of gluten exposure leaves this vital system in disarray.

Gluten free diets

The thought of removing pasta, cakes, pastries, and bread from your diet may sound frightening. However, you don’t have to be alarmed as there are various alternative grains and gluten free products on offer. You must also remember gluten free doesn’t necessarily mean it’s 100% healthy – cakes and pastries will still incorporate sugar and refined carbs which aren’t great for your gut health if eaten on a regular basis in large quantities. It’s all about balance and being aware of what works for you. It’s very possible to eat a healthy gluten free diet that will leave you nourished and satisfied.

  • Avoiding refined and processed gluten free food is key. Maize starch and corn may have a negative impact on your gut so use them sensibly.
  • Read ingredient labels carefully to check for any traces of wheat. Some artificial colours and seasonings also contain gluten.
  • Add in more fruits and vegetables to your diet.
  • Buckwheat flour is a great gluten free substitute for all-purpose flour. Buckwheat flour is high in fibre and provides a moist, tender texture when used in small amounts. As well as baking, buckwheat flour is good for coating meat or other proteins before frying them.
  • Oat flour, which is gluten free if the oats used to make the flour are free from cross-contamination. This can also be used in combination with other gluten free flours.
  • Other options include flours made from white and brown rice, chickpea flour, amaranth flour, almond flour, coconut flour, sorghum flour and teff.
  • Seeds are great – chia seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame, flax, and poppy seeds – can help to dress up vegetables or meat that needs to be coated and cooked for a nicer flavour.

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