It’s the 4th of July. Time to indulge in burgers, cakes, buns and many more delicious foods full of gluten. Pause.
You must be wondering what and where gluten is found….we’ll get to that in a minute.
There’s a myriad of different diets out there that’s it’s often a great task to keep track of them all. The Smoothie Diet, an oatmeal diet and even a fruits only diet are just a few. If you haven’t heard of these, I’m sure you’ve at least heard the word “Gluten free” from the lips of someone. And that brings us back to the question of where and what gluten is. Here’s some things you need to know:
What is Gluten?
According to Mayo Clinic, gluten is a protein that is found in grains like wheat, rye and barley.
Is it harmful?
For those who do not have a gluten allergy and a disease preventing them from eating gluten–then absolutely not! If you enjoy wheat bread, then you enjoy gluten.
Why avoid it?
Some people avoid gluten to lose weight, and others for medical reasons. Those with Celiac Disease have to avoid gluten completely. MayClinic describes the disease as an immune reaction when one consumes gluten. If those suffering from Celiac disease consume gluten, the small intestine becomes inflamed, and then loses the ability to absorb nutrients (eek!).
Can I lose weight with it?
Yes and no. Those who stop eating gluten tend to put on weight. Dr. Arthur Agaston, contributing writer of CNN, says that those who go on a gluten free diet tend to consume packaged products that are high in saturated fats, sodium and carbohydrates. So, if you are careful with what you eat, it is possible to lose weight.
A gluten-free diet is not the only way to lose weight. There are 3,500 calories in 1 pound. Simply put, to lose 1 pound you need to burn 3,500 calories. By cutting back at least 500 calories a day, you can lose a pound in one week!
But if you want to give it a try….go right ahead. Many packaged foods indicate whether there is gluten or not. Good luck!