Gluten-free lifestyles are gaining popularity in the United States. The more you read about gluten-free diets the more confused you may become. People who suffer from Celiac Disease are told to follow a gluten-free diet or risk suffering secondary intestinal damage. However, many other people are also choosing to eat a gluten-free diet and claim to feel better for doing so.
Gluten is a specific protein found in a handful of grains. While this would seem to make it easy to “cut out” gluten, the reality is that gluten nearly everywhere in the Standard American Diet (SAD). Many foods may include a #gluten, and some of them may surprise you. There may be gluten in your spaghetti sauce, soy sauce, even make-up and medicine.
Because of this, people with Celiac Disease are advised to not buy any food unless it specifically says “Gluten Free” on the label. The use of gluten-containing grains in so many commercial products may be why many people without Celiac disease also feel better when they cut gluten out of their diet.
However, people following a gluten-free diet can become nutritionally imbalanced.
Research has shown that this is a fact with most diets that limit food consumption.
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For those who are committed to living a gluten-free life, gluten-free supplements may be necessary to fill in nutritional voids. Of special consideration are
A gluten-free diet and lifestyle does not have to be difficult, unhealthy, or harmful. As with most “special diets” it simply takes additional planning, awareness, and consideration of when supplementation of your essential nutrients may be in your best interest. With the proper meal planning and the proper plant based supplements, you can enjoy your life without suffering from the ill-effects of nutrient gaps.