The next time you go to the grocery store take a look around the aisles, the words “Gluten Free” are everywhere.
When it comes to new diets I’m the first on the bandwagon. Weight Watchers, Nutri-system, Juice Cleanse, The Cabbage Diet, Paleo, Raw, Vegetarian, and Vegan, you name it, I’ve done it. When I first decided to give the “Gluten Free diet” a shot I figured it would be easy; only buy things with gluten-free on the label. Then I realized if I’m going to be putting this stuff in my body (or in this case not putting this stuff in my body) I should probably know what this elusive gluten is that everyone loves to hate. During the process, I stumbled on this great Jimmy Kimmel video where people are asked what is gluten. The answers are hilarious. Gluten is a protein found in wheat that helps things such as bread, pasta, and rice to keep its shape. It also contributes to the chewiness of these foods.
However, the newest research (Google search) suggests that only a very small percentage (1%) of people actually have a sensitivity to gluten or “non-celiac gluten sensitivity” (NCGS). According to the Huffington Post, people are actually seeing better results after being on a low FODMAP diet. (fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides and polyols) FODMAP diet consists of eliminating carbohydrates that the intestinal tract has a hard time digesting. This way of eating does consist of incorporating gluten-free products, as well as getting rid of most dairy products and certain vegetables and fruits. All of which will help with digestion.
After doing the yo-yo diets and the latest and greatest fad, everything always comes back to being healthy and clean. So, for now, I think I will learn to be more organic and find the balance for everything before I jump on the next wagon passing through.