The older I’ve become, the more I’ve heard the words, “gluten free” spill from people’s mouths. I thought living a gluten free lifestyle meant no bread, which meant I couldn’t do it because I am in love with bread. When I tell you I was wrong, believe me! I looked into it and found out that gluten free is so much more than I thought.
Gluten is a group of proteins found in wheat, barley, rye and spelt. There are many people who have switched to a gluten free lifestyle because of the negative effects that gluten has on their bodies. For example, some people have celiac disease or even a non-gluten celiac sensitivity. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease where the body mistakes gluten as a foreign threat, which can lead to nutrient deficiencies. Celiac disease affects up to 1% of people worldwide. I know it looks like a small number, but considering the number of people in the world, it’s a fairly large amount. Having non-celiac gluten sensitivity is when people do not test positive for celiac disease but still feel uncomfortable after consuming gluten. Non-celiac gluten sensitivity affects roughly 0.5-13% of people worldwide.
It has an entire day?
Yes, it has an entire day. January 13 is reserved as National Gluten Free Day. I was shocked when I heard it too! On National Gluten Free Day people try to clean up their diets and at healthier and try new things such as or vegetable noodles instead of regular noodles. The next time this day comes around why not try to devote it to eating gluten free? Better yet, why not try a few gluten free foods throughout the year to make National Gluten Free Day more bearable. Don’t knock it till you try it!
- All wheat based foods
- Brewer’s Yeast
- Most beverages
- Grains: quinoa, rice, corn, etc.
Maybe it’s time to get a gluten free diet in your life sis! To learn more about proper nutrition, please follow Black Girl Health on Instagram and our blog.
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