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GLUTEN FREE FOR WEIGHT LOSS

Posted On 2021-08-18

GLUTEN FREE FOR WEIGHT LOSS

 

GO GLUTEN FREE

 

Why should I go gluten free, you might ask? Aren’t gluten free foods simply another dietary craze, foods that were once only available in health stores but now are slowly but surely making their way onto supermarket shelves? Some may hold that opinion but remember that gluten provides no essential nutrients. When you go gluten free your body and your health can only benefit. Go gluten free and you’ll boost your energy, find it much easier to lose weight, have improved digestion, and suffer less from chronic inflammation. Let’s find out more.

 

WHAT IS GLUTEN?

 

Good question. Gluten is a protein found in grains, primarily wheat, rye and barley. As an indigestible protein, gluten helps dough rise, and gives baked products shape and a chewy texture. But that’s where it ends. Dr. Allessio Fasano, an acclaimed medical researcher and chief of Pediatric Gastroenterology at Massachusetts General Hospital, says:

 

“Gluten is nutritionally useless.”

 

That said, Dr. Fasano would recommend that you go gluten free. Foods to avoid, unless made with corn, rice or soy, or labelled as ‘gluten-free’ include breads, cakes, pies, pasta, biscuits, French fries, cereals, and most processed foods. In fact, that list goes on and on.

 

GLUTEN AND COELIAC DISEASE

 

Besides being nutritionally useless, what makes gluten bad for you? It’s the indigestibility of the protein that is the root cause. Take the story of Amy as a case in point. As a teenager, she had skin rashes and stomach cramps that would mysteriously come and go. She would suffer in silence, hoping that the situation would rectify itself. Temporarily, it did, but the painful cramps and rashes would always return. After telling her parents about the symptoms, medical tests revealed that Amy had coeliac disease, a condition caused by an abnormal sensitivity to gluten in the diet. Coeliac is an autoimmune disease affecting approximately 1 in 100 people. Unfortunately, only 15% of these are diagnosed.

 

THE INFLAMMATORY EFFECTS OF GLUTEN

 

Why does Amy react so negatively to gluten? The primary components of gluten are

gliadin and glutenin, which are long-chain amino acids, the building blocks of proteins. During digestion, enzymes in your small intestine break up proteins into single amino acids or small chains that can then be absorbed. However, the long-chain gliadin and glutenin molecules are not completely broken down. Your immune system sees these as foreign and tries to destroy them, setting off an immune response that damages the intestinal cells. If a person with coeliac disease continues to eat gluten, the immune response will persist, causing inflammation and further tissue damage, resulting in abdominal pain, diarrhoea, and skin rashes. It is also possible that the damage becomes so severe that the intestinal lining can no longer absorb nutrients.

 

GLUTEN AND THE LEAKY GUT

 

Gluten doesn’t only adversely affect people like Amy. It is estimated that between 0.5% to 13% of individuals suffer from a condition known as non-celiac gluten sensitivity. This form of sensitivity can result in diarrhoea, stomach cramps, tiredness, bloating and depression. But it gets worse. According to Dr. Fasano, gluten creates a leaky gut in everyone who eats it due to its indigestibility. Typically, a leaky gut may contribute to these and many other symptoms: concentration difficulties, confusion, headaches, joint pain, and nutritional deficiencies. For 80% of the population, those with no reaction to gluten, leaky gut doesn’t pose a problem. But for the 20%, the consequences can be severe.

 

GUT HEALTH AND WEIGHT LOSS

 

While you might be watching your calorie count and the quality of calories that you consume, your efforts will be in vain if your gut is unhealthy. In any scenario, gluten does not promote a healthy gut. Inflammation causes an imbalance of the useful bacteria in your gut that boost weight loss. Inflammation also limits the functionality of insulin in your bloodstream. Insulin converts calories in carbohydrates into energy. When this doesn’t happen, those carbs get stored as fat.

 

ENTER SUPER SHRED MEALS

 

Are you ready to go gluten free? Don’t worry, it won’t mean depriving yourself of any essential nutrients that your need to stay fit and healthy. Our Super Shred range of meals are designed for those wanting to rid themselves of gluten and loss weight. These low-carb meals mean clean eating and contain 30g protein, only 5g carbs, less than 10g fat, and come in at 230 calories. Go gluten free with Super Shred. It can change your life.

 

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