Living Americans. According to the Centers for Disease

Living a Gluten free lifeAccording to Pediatric nursing’s, “gluten-related disorders have received much attention in the popular press, and the sale of gluten-free foods has become a multi-billion dollar business”(Allen P.J,2015) this is to the popularity and fades when it comes to dieting however besides it being a very popular dieting method it is an allergy that affects many Americans. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “food allergies are estimated to affect 4 to 6 percent of children and 4 percent of adults in the United States”. I amongst that 4 percent of Americans that has a gluten allergy, it wasn’t about three years ago that I found I could not eat gluten and it has since changed my life and eating habits.  What is gluten? According to Food Insights ” Gluten is a general term for a group of specific proteins called prolamins— storage proteins found in wheat, rye, and barley and related grains such as spelt, kamut, emmer, and faro” (Gluten and health,2014).

Since gluten is in most carbohydrates most people consider going on gluten free diets. There are people who have dietary needs and avoid gluten foods, there are others who choose to avoid gluten in order to improve their health.Does going completely gluten free actually have health benefits? People may not know that they are living with a celiac disease, “a serious, inherited autoimmune disorder, must follow a strict gluten-free diet for life” (Gluten and health, 2014) not everyone is diagnosed with this condition are not eating accordingly to what their body needs and does not need. Most people may not know they are living with this condition according to gluten and health “only about ten percent of those with Celiac Disease are actually diagnosed” (Gluten and health 2014) in this section of the article it mentions how three fourths of people who are not tested must be tested in order for them to properly know if it’s safe to go on a gluten free diet.If gluten is a carbohydrate then eliminating certain foods that contain carbs can be more healthful does this then result in a way to lose weight and become healthier? Since gluten is in wheat products in order for foods like breads to be made without wheat they are “substituted” with ingredients that could be more harmful to you and cause serious health issues. “They may contain more sugar and fat to increase palatability, and therefore be higher in calories than their gluten-containing counterparts” (Gluten and health, 2014) since you are cutting certain ingredients in the product that has gluten they are replaced with other ingredients that may have more health risking side effects.

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 “Weight loss is a benefit often claimed with consuming a gluten-free diet, but ironically, many people gain weight when they eat a gluten-free diet. While some people may lose weight due to foregoing higher-calorie snack foods and eating more fruits, vegetables, and other nutritious foods” (Gluten and health,2014). Just because you eliminate gluten doesn’t necessarily lead to a healthful life. If you have not been diagnosed with a gluten intolerance it isn’t safe to just eliminate foods with gluten. A recent study was performed on 14 children with autism ages 3-5 years, they were placed on a Gluten free/Casein free diet (GFCF) 4-6 weeks. However “dietary challenges did not have statistically significant effects on measures of physiologic functioning, behavior problems” (Hyman, S., Stewart, P.

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. Smith, T.2016) the result of the study proved that there is no benefit to eliminating gluten. Instead people should follow a healthful controlled diet “The scientific evidence demonstrates that there are no proven health benefits to avoiding gluten for those who do not have Celiac Disease or Non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS)”. In order to be healthy it is better to consume fewer calories and getting regular physical activity.

For those of us with Celiac Disease, it is important to avoid gluten and to understand the sources of gluten in order to identify them on food labels.  Discussion            Gluten is a protein that is stored in wheat products such as rice, rye, barley, buckwheat, oats etc. Following a gluten free diet may not end up giving you the results you may want. It’s not safe for everyone to eliminate gluten unless you are diagnosed. Yes cutting carbohydrates from your diet is safe but replacing them with gluten free diets may not be the best option for some people as they have substituted ingredients that could be harmful or toxic.

In result to this it might just be best to more healthy and exercise more often.   ReferencesAllen P. Primary Care Approaches. Gluten-Related Disorders: Celiac Disease, Gluten Allergy,        Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity. Pediatric Nursing serial online.

May 2015; 41(3):146-150. Available from: CINAHL Plus with Full Text, Ipswich, MA. Accessed January 30, 2018..

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. Smith, T. (2016). The Gluten-Free/Casein-Free Diet: A Double-Blind Challenge Trial in Children with Autism. Journal of Autism & Developmental Disorders, 46(1), 205-220.

Gluten and Health: What You Should Know. (2014). Food Insight, 1-3.

 

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