Alright we are going to talk about that very bad, naughty, nasty word that everyone is buzzing over......GLUTEN!
Hopefully some of you have seen "This is the End" starring Seth Rogen. They pretty much sum up what most Americans know about Gluten.
Jay (Baruchel): You have no idea what gluten is.
Seth (Rogen): I do know what gluten is. Gluten is a vague term. It’s something that’s used to categorize things that are bad. You know, calories, that’s a gluten. Fat, that’s a gluten.
Jay: Somebody just probably told you that you shouldn’t eat gluten and you’re like “oh well gee I guess I shouldn’t eat gluten.”
Seth: Gluten means bad sh** man, and I’m not eating it.
Seth is not wrong. For some people Gluten does mean bad s**t. People with Celiac Disease (their bodies cannot process gluten and can cause anything from stomach aches to migraines) or people with serious gluten intolerance. These people should not consume Gluten even in small amounts.
But let's not get ahead of ourselves...what is Gluten? Wikipedia says "Gluten is a composite of storage proteins termed prolamins and glutelins found in wheat and related grains, including barley, rye, oat, and all their species and hybrids. Gluten is appreciated for its viscoelastic properties."
Basically if you need to avoid gluten don't consume items containing wheat, rye or barley. Oats are gluten free but many are processed within facilities that process wheat so make sure you look for oats labeled "gluten-free".
Now that we have all that covered let's talk about why the Gluten-free diet is blowing up in your face.
Let's look at this logically. The average American is consuming a lot of food products that are not recognizable as actual food. Fast food, processed foods, processed wheat products, all contributing a lot of our calorie intake and all containing Gluten.
So someone decides to try a Gluten-free diet, they really have to start looking at what they are putting in their bodies. This means no more McDonald's, no more Wonder Bread, no more Oreo's and certainly no more Cool Ranch Doritos. It is no wonder they feel better after eliminating these "food" products from their diet.
This article is not in any way attempting to be discouraging to those who have tried any elimination diet and found success. We are firm believers in eating what makes you feel like the best version of you. However if you have not been diagnosed with Celiac or Gluten Intolerance we encourage you to try some things we love.
Sprouted Grains, many artisan bread companies and some tortilla companies have started using sprouted grains. These grains are soaked and left to sprout. They tend to be easier for people to digest.
Whole Grains or high fiber grains; barley, wheat berries, wheat bran, whole wheat cous-cous. Grains containing high amounts of fiber actually help with your digestive regularity and can provide a significant amount of protein.
In conclusion do what makes you feel good. We just can't imagine making our sandwiches with a lettuce bun!!