Are you confused about what gluten is? What it’s in? What substitutions are available? Here’s a guest blog to explain!
Over the last few years, there has been a lot of focus on gluten-free diets. It seems that everyone knows someone who is either cutting back on gluten or cutting it out of their diets completely. There’s a lot of information on the benefits of going gluten-free, but it can be a difficult dietary change to implement.
After all, gluten is found in a lot of our favorite foods. According to the team at Med Alert Help, gluten is a type of protein. They go on to say that you can find it in bread, pasta, and sauces, as you’d expect. But there are also other items that you wouldn’t expect on the list, such as lipstick and shampoo, for example.
You can see the full list that the team came up with in the easy to follow infographic below. The infographic presents a complete overview for those who either suspect they are gluten-intolerant and those that know that they are.
Check it out and see whether or not you are displaying signs of being sensitive to gluten. Here’s a quick hint – the symptoms are not always as obvious as you might believe. For example, it makes sense that a sensitivity of this nature could lead to stomach upsets.
But did you know that around 31% of people with this condition also have regular bouts of fibromyalgia? Or that depression could also be a symptom of this condition? Check out the infographic for the full range of symptoms and see whether or not you might need to cut gluten out of your diet.
But What Should I Eat Instead?
That’s a little trickier. Gluten is a highly effective binding agent, and so it is valuable during baking and cooking. You can get rye bread that is very low in these proteins, but it doesn’t come out as fluffy and light as your standard baked goods.
Add in the fact that a lot of foods contain the proteins naturally, and it becomes more difficult to avoid them. However, it’s not impossible to do so. It will take some adjustment and some clever substitutions to get yourself on the right path.
The good news is that you should start seeing benefits straight away, though. And, once you get the hang of things, the dietary changes can be accomplished very easily.