5 Myths About Going Gluten free
Gluten has come under the health scanner and so have related myths and misconceptions. There may be people around you who have gone gluten free because they have celiac disease, sensitivity to gluten or just want to lose weight. People sometimes self diagnose and restrict gluten which is not necessary.
Let us have a look at 5 common myths linked with going gluten free
Myth no 1: Celiac disease and gluten intolerance are the same
Truth: The two terms celiac disease and gluten intolerance are used interchangeably which is wrong. And to make matters worse the term ‘gluten sensitivity’ has been thrown in! These terms DO NOT mean the same. The term ‘gluten intolerance’ is not used anymore; the actual term is ‘non-celiac gluten sensitivity’ that is used by the medical fraternity. It is informally called gluten sensitivity.
Celiac disease and gluten sensitivity are two different conditions. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease. In celiac disease the body triggers an attack on the intestines each time gluten is eaten. On the other hand gluten sensitivity is not an autoimmune disorder. Gluten antibodies are not produced when one has gluten sensitivity. Actually enough research has not been done on gluten sensitivity. There symptoms of celiac disease and gluten sensitivity overlap.
Myth no 2: It is alright to self diagnose celiac disease and lead a gluten free life.
Truth: It isn’t right to go gluten free just because you think you have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity. Experts say that people should not be self diagnosing. Treatment for celiac disease is different from that of gluten sensitivity. Medically a gluten free diet is required for both and a 100% strict gluten free diet is required for those suffering from celiac disease to prevent health issues. It is not kown yet that if eating little quantities of gluten can cause harm to those with gluten sensitivity.
If one happens to go gluten free by self diagnosing, the results of the tests done for celiac disease and gluten sensitivity will be inaccurate. If you feel that you have a problem with gluten then you should see your doctor and get tested. Only after a proper diagnosis a dietary protocol can be followed.
Myth no 3: You can go gluten free to lose weight
Truth: By cutting down gluten you are removing wheat based foods from your diet. As you are reducing a large part of your diet, you might lose weight. But going gluten free does not guarantee a slimmer you! Most gluten free products are loaded with more fat and sugar than the ones that contain gluten. Having processed gluten free food in large portions can only add kilos.
Myth no 4: A gluten free diet can ward off other medical conditions
Truth: Many people claim that a gluten free diet can help treat autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid disease and others. But there is no research to support this. It is advisable to talk to doctors and dieticians and see whether going gluten free is actually beneficial or not.
Myth no 5: You cannot dine out when you are on a gluten free diet
Truth: Dining out when on a gluten free diet can be tough but it is not impossible. You can ask a few questions at the restaurant in relation to what you are ordering. You must ask about all the ingredients in the dish. Make sure that the same oil was not used for things that contain gluten as it can lead to a case of cross contact. Even the surfaces used to make the gluten free dish should not have been used for other things that contain gluten. Sounds pretty tough! Just plan in advance.
5 Myths About Going Gluten free Busted! Are your doubts cleared?
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