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, 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 gluten is, the answers are hilarious. Gluten is a protein found in wheat that helps things such as bread, pasta, and rice to keep its shape and 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 oligo-saccharides, disaccharides, mono-saccharides and polyols) which consists of eliminating carbohydrates that the intestinal track has a hard time digesting. This way of eating does consist of incorporating gluten-free products, as well as getting rid 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 balance for everything before I jump on the next wagon passing through.