So what is gluten? Gluten is a protein that is found in grains such as wheat, rye, barley, and triticale. A gluten-free diet is prescribed mainly for celiac disease. In celiac disease the protein gluten causes inflammation in the small intestine. Those who suffer from this condition have no choice, but to go gluten-free. A gluten-free diet is very challenging and can be very tough initially. Many things we eat contain gluten and those who are sensitive must avoid all gluten-containing products. Also, they must avoid cross-contamination so a product made in a factory that processes "wheat" is not allowed on the gluten-free diet.
So why are people torturing themselves to gluten-free even though they are not suffering from celiac disease? That is the million dollar question! Many people claim that removing this protein from the diet helps them feel better. They are less bloated, have more energy, less arthritic pains, and in some cases have cured certain autoimmune disorders.
WHY AM I BRINGING UP THIS TOPIC?
I am going to challenge myself this week and avoid gluten and dairy foods to see if there is some real truth to this hype. I will keep you all updated with my progress.I personally have been having issues with certain wheat products and I absolutely cannot drink milk. Starting tomorrow I will be going gluten and dairy free for 2 weeks. It is not going to be easy, but I do love a challenge!