Is gluten-free the new thing?

by MADDY HEESZEL

Staff Writer

 

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This photo was taken by Maddy Heeszel.

Lately, gluten-free food products have become more popular over the past few years. Before this trend, gluten-free foods were mainly consumed by those who had celiac disease or gluten allergies, in which they cannot consume gluten. After discovering the benefits of a gluten-free diet, many others have participated in it. This diet excludes grains such as rye, wheat, barley, spelt, and kamut that may be potentially be harmful to your health. Since breaded food products contain gluten, including pizzas, pastries, and pastas, many chefs over time have found ways to cook and serve alternatives to gluten-filled foods to accommodate those who want to participate in a gluten-free lifestyle.

 

Now in grocery stores, you can almost always find at least a few gluten-free products on the shelves. Before, you were lucky if you found gluten-free at all. Becoming more and more popular, many people around the world find it easier to partake in a gluten-free diet, regardless of whether or not they have celiac disease or a gluten allergy. The best part of this diet is the fact that there are several health benefits coming from switching to gluten-free.

 

Why is a gluten-free diet so important? Well, gluten can cause just about anyone to have more fatigue, bloating, abdominal cramps, and other unwanted symptoms. Gluten is also seen as an additive that may be linked with autoimmune diseases and brain disorders such as autism, ADD, ADHD, schizophrenia, and epilepsy. After switching to a gluten-free diet, many people have found that they improved mentally and neurologically, decreased in bloating, had less digestive issues, and had more energy.

 

Gluten-free products can be found easier than ever before. This new trend is skyrocketing, causing more restaurants and grocery stores to contain gluten-free foods. Gluten-free diets seem hard to maintain, but they are pretty simple. Just be sure to look out for any labels containing “gluten-free.” Many gluten-free products can be found at just about any grocery store, but Trader Joe’s is a huge seller of these type of products. Even if you do not feel that a gluten-free diet is something that you would be interested in participating it, at least try to consume as less gluten as possible. Remember that your health comes first!

 

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