How to Safely Do a Gluten-Free Diet
Starting a gluten-free diet may be rather challenging to begin with.
The first thing you need to do is start reading the labels on everything you eat.
You'll soon realize that gluten, especially wheat, is added to a surprising number of foods.
You should also eat mainly whole, healthy foods, as most whole foods are naturally gluten-free. Avoid processed food, cereals and grains that contain gluten.
There are a few grains and seeds that are naturally gluten-free. These include:
There are plenty of healthy whole foods that are naturally gluten-free, including:
As a rule of thumb, it's better to choose foods that are naturally gluten-free, rather than processed gluten-free products. These tend to be low in nutrients and high in added sugar or refined grains.
Most beverages are also gluten-free, except beer (unless it says it's gluten-free).
For more details on following a gluten-free diet, read this: The Gluten-Free Diet: Everything You Need to Know (Literally).
Bottom Line: There are plenty of foods and grains that are naturally gluten-free. Try to choose mostly healthy, whole foods.
Should Everyone Avoid Gluten?
For the vast majority of people, avoiding gluten is unnecessary.
However, for people with certain health conditions, removing gluten from the diet can make a huge difference.
Furthermore, the diet is usually harmless to try. There is no nutrient in gluten grains that you can't get from other foods.
Just make sure to choose healthy foods. A gluten-free label does not automatically mean that a food is healthy.
Gluten-free junk food is still junk food.
This article was reposted from our media associate Authority Nutrition.
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