Cutting out gluten from your diet may seem like a difficult and limiting task. Fortunately, there are many healthy and delicious foods that are naturally gluten- free. Nov 23, A gluten-free diet is a diet that excludes the protein gluten. Gluten is found in grains such as wheat, barley, rye, and a cross between wheat and. May 24, Gluten is a protein found in certain grains, such as wheat, rye and barley. Although gluten is safe for most people, those with conditions like celiac disease or gluten sensitivity should avoid it to prevent adverse health effects (2). A select few whole grains contain gluten.
Because of blood glucose excursions caused by the carbohydrates in grain products, people find they have to eat as often as every two hours to avoid gnawing hunger and hypoglycemia. Off grains, blood glucose is stabilized, three meals of lower carbohydrate content are fully satisfying, and between meal hunger disappears.
All it takes is a little self-experimentation. Eliminate grain products for one month. Do you hear me Ms. This is life changing for me and you are being dismissive. She seems completely oblivious to or ignorant of the effects of insulin on human metabolism. My experience, exactly, as well. On high-fat, no-grains, low-carbohydrate, I often go 12 hours without eating and never even think about food.
I have biked for 75 miles on no breakfast and had incredible energy and no hunger. I am saddened at the position the writer of this article has taken; it is simply, indefensible. Humans survive, not thrive, eating grains, as proven by the fossil record and by the rampant vitamin deficiencies and health issues experienced by agricultural people the world over. I have been grain-free for over 2 years and specifically wheat free, no cheats, for the last year: I have an overall weight loss now of 70 lbs; my depression has lifted; my skin cleared up; no more gas or bloating; and every day I wake up energetic and happy, ready to face the day.
I no longer binge eat, or eat compulsively, mindlessly. I eat only meats, veggies, nuts, seeds and healthy fats and have experienced first hand the benefit of eating as fits our genome as the organisms we are. Dr Davis is a practicing medical doctor and scientist, who observed improvements in his patients when they quit wheat; curious, he investigated.
Please do not let any outside lobbies influence how you conduct your science. To a layperson like me, this advice is logical, sensible, and based on my personal experience, WORKS. There ARE open-minded doctors, nurses, practitioners and knowledgeable dietitians around who know why wheat is poison and are taking their clients off it. I started a wheat free diet having suffered from gastrointestinal problems most of my life.
After a couple of weeks I noticed a difference. Now several months into it I know wheat has been my problem. Because the few times I slip and eat a piece of bread my gastro problems come back and with full force as a reminder of why I should not eat wheat. My exercise regiment has not changed at all. Going wheat free is not expensive. A poorly written article with a devastating conclusion with an agenda.
I would like you to explain dear madam how I shed three meds BP,Cholesterol, pre Diabetes in 6 months all from one simple change in my lifestyle……. And, along the way lost 25 pounds. As a lifetime athlete my Docs just kept shrugging their shoulders about my worsening condition……2 of them are Harvard grads. Wheat free is a liberation. It only makes you fat and sick. All the things you need are in other food. I tell it to everybody. Because everybody should know it. I suffered from severe bowel problems since childhood and saw many doctors but nothing they did helped.
They told me their was nothing they could do and i had to live with it. In I got a computer and searched the internet with my symptoms. I found a discussion group where a man related the extreme symptoms he had when eating ice cream with a bit of cookie in it. He attributed these symptoms to the wheat. I decided to try going wheat free as I had done everything suggested to me to alleviate my symptons except for ingesting wormwood.
I just buy my own food and do my own cooking and consider it a delight and not a burden. Why would I consider it a burden? Gluten free is no fad. Thank you Doctor Davis, you are saving children from the years of misery I had to go through.
I wish I had you for a doctor instead of the knuckleheads I had to go to. Poorly researched article — Last expected from Harvard. If Harvard wants their reputation maintained, they should review such flippant drivel from some uninformed serf.
The hundreds of comments above and thousands of experiences of real people will not substitute the poor advice offered. This article is a shame… Harvard! I have celiacs and have never been offend by people eating gluten free because they want too. I realize that it is their body and the food they choose to put into it is more then likely the diet that makes them feel good. I would never count others money or tell them to stop eating a certain way just because they do not have a diagnose as celiacs.
If it helps god bless and happy health, the real food will make sure of that. This article is so off base, and the warning for pregnant women is so sad. I am from New Zealand and have no axe to grind with you or anyone associated with Havard Medical School. I had a reason to stop eating wheat…. Over the years I came to realise I feel better when wheat free and I have fewer muscle and joint aches.
In fact they disappear completely after a week free of wheat. I usually get severe stomach pain within hours of eating my first slice of bread after a period of abstinence. I was sliding heavily into the morbidly obese group.
Cutting out wheat dramatically reduced starches and I automatically began to feel better. The results speak for themselves. Without counting calories or practising any other dietary restriction I lost 60 pounds in 12 months and am maintaining it with ease.
Three months into my wheat free lifestyle I read Dr. For the first time in my life, and I am now 74 years old, I understood why had felt so unwell mentally and physically for much of my adult life.
Without wheat in my diet I no longer feel as though food rules my life. I do not have food cravings, and I eat well. You say being gluten free is expensive and restrictive.
I have found it to be the exact opposite. There is a huge variety of food I enjoy and can eat until I feel satisfied and I stay satisfied for hours on end. After seeing the change in me my husband is now wheat free. We look at our children, all adults, and wonder how different their lives might have been had known some of the consequences of eating a grain based diet when they were small. This is not a stand alone book.
There are many other advocates of living a wheat fee lifestyle and they have good scientific research backing them up. What would it take for Havard Medical School to take a lead and work on producing some research that is believable? This is not a fad, Holly. Agribusiness better start thinking about what to do with all the wheat—maybe use it for fuel or building material?
And stop giving corn to livestock. Eliminating wheat and dairy has turned my life around. Only one spot is left and very tiny. FBS was 87 now Wheat has many interesting properties that would be excellent in industrial applications. No reason at all that we have to eat this grass. The medical industry needs to get with the times, because the ignorance and desire to stay in the past is making them obsolete. My mom reversed borderline high blood pressure and pre-diabetes by giving up gluten.
I found that it makes me cramp and bloat so I avoid it too. Within three weeks felt amazing. But the reason such products are fortified is because processed wheat products are deficient without them!
Meats and vegetables are a far better source. Holly Strawbridge and Dr. Leffler need to be educated regarding the benefits of a gluten-free lifestyle. After perusing the numerous posts regarding this article, I can see that many people have benefited enormously from being gluten-free, including myself.
Davidson has explained so well, there are numerous autoimmune conditions that arise with consumption of mutant wheat and gluten-containing grains. It has been chemically treated and so becomes immune reactive. One does not need to buy expensive gluten-free foods, when regular food will suffice. Leffler suggesting that meat, fish, vegetables, nuts, fruit are somehow not as healthy a choice as wheat and grains?
Harvard Publications…please educate yourselves before making statements that are misleading and untrue. Going gluten free is not a fad, it is a movement! Gluten free is not more expensive and is not less nutritious, collar greens, broccoli, spinach, sweet potatoes, beet, carrots…what are you doctors from Harvard are talking about?
I had to go gluten free for medical reasons, then my whole family followed me after seeing the side effects of GF: I think you need to do some more research…. My family eats the same types of foods my mother fed our family and her mother fed hers. A typical dinner would be roast beef, roasted potatoes and green beans or carrots. Not expensive or restrictive but wholesome and delicious.
I think that is where some folks steer themselves wrong. Cooked, boiled, drained, without salt will give you 5 grams of dietary fiber 21 percent RDA. Many other leafy greens offer similar fiber amounts.
I would say it is the exact opposite. Eliminate wheat and you have to go out of your way to NOT get fiber. A whopping 38 percent more than 2 slices of whole wheat bread. They need vitamin B9, more commonly known as folate or folic acid, to prevent birth defects. Which do you think is more feasible and healthy? Overall the entire article is humorous. If this is the best rebuttal the wheat shills can provide they should just give up now while they are behind.
You fail to mention that wheat has a nutrient blocker called phytic acid, which blocks minerals such as magnesium, iron, calcium and zinc. People are dying out here and you are helping it happen.
Do you know how many other sources of folate there are in the plant kingdom? And vegetables are chock FULL of the fiber that you seem to insinuate is only available in whole grains. The wheat-laden junk sold to us as food is the real danger. This is a very disappointing article. It needs much fact checking. Your wheat addiction is showing. Elaine, Holly was saying people who are gluten-sensitive not intolerant should not brag about how wonderful they feel on a gluten-free diet to people who have celiac disease.
The perspective of the person with celiac disease is much different than that of a person who is merely gluten-sensitive. They are not trying to cure acne or eliminate bloating. They are trying to stay alive. Please do actual research before dismissing the health consequences of this GM castrophy to those of us who do not have Celiac dz.
The myriad of proteins that did not exist in grains until lab experiments were involved have consequences. This is so misguided, and I am not surprised. Essentially what I just heard from the read was eat whole wheat because it will deliver to you essential vitamins, which the industry adds to your favorite wheat products i. How about going right to the source instead? Essentially it makes real food more convenient to eat, especially with your hands.
Read your article and sooo offended by not only the misinformation, but your level of incompetence. I only have one question for you and your Harvard colleagues: How much of a grant will you be getting from the big wheat producers of this country Kraft, BASF, etc to write such an unbelievabley misleading article? And, telling people to keep their dietary choices to themselves: Also, your point that going gluten free is a burden???
It really adds up to one word: And, I am personally offended by telling readers to keep what they eat to themselves and that it is a bother to go gluten free. Let me tell YOU what a bother really is: It is living with a disease for over 10 years and NOT one doctor during that time correctly diagnosed me.
If someone has a serious bowel function problem, and nothing is helping, then what harm could there be in suggesting that they make an experiment of eliminating wheat and see if it helps?
So not only did you not research this well, you did not even bother to proofread. See stats form the National Institutes of Health and the Univ. This HAS to be the most incompetent person with a degree from Harvard! The of people in this country with the disease is NOT ,—apparently a degree from Harvard is useless. I have celiac disease and have done my own research in this area.
I have NO respect for the medical profession as I have suffered with this disease for over 14 years—being told all sorts of different things. Been wheat free for 28 days, have lost over 20 pounds, and feel amazing. What do you have to say about that, ignorant Ms. Lorie, I am so glad you finally found help. Its so much better now. Many of us commenting owe our well being to the book Wheat Belly by Dr. I find Paleo cook books help too.
All the best for your recovery. I am sooo happy for you too! So, we suffer for years. Stay wheat free and you will continue to have a blessed life! Too many people who have gone gluten free are saying the same things with regards to how they feel! And this after being told I would need to take this for the rest of my life, as I watched both the price and my dosage escalate for the past 9 years.
How and why could a person doubt something so measurable and so clear? Much better, much cheaper that way. Not one but two adults in my household have gone Wheat free since November We have each lost weight, shaped up, have more energy, rest really well, and have gotten rid of aches and pains, inflammation, and a long list of issues from digestive trouble to cholesterol.
Is it a bother? Not in the least! We are eating a greater variety of healthy single ingredient foods than ever before! We cook from Dr. Getting off the poisons of Agribusiness is not a problem, it is the solution!
All you have to do is choose to eat something wonderful each time you are hungry! And by all means share this information! Share it with everyone you talk with, whenever you meet someone new who is struggling with the harm that is caused by wheat! What a loving thing to do! Modern wheat is addictive, just like sugar. That being said, if the author did some serious research she would find plenty of evidence that going wheat and grain-free improves health in most people.
Organic whole wheat may actually be good for you. Unfortunately, the genetically engineered wheat the American public is exposed to has been changed into a intestinal nightmare that leads to lack of absorption of nutrients, intestinal villi inflammation, increased cravings, obesity, diabetes and total body inflammation, possibly leading to many of the autoimmune disorders we are seeing on the rise.
Please do your research for , not A lot of changes have occurred since then. I advise my patients on diet so that we can get all their nutrients. Please revisit nutrition education. Based on years of careful research, I am convinced that having given up sugars, starches, and grains 14 years ago saved my life. I have tweaked my diet over the yeas, and have found that I do best on a very-low carb, high-fat, ketogenic diet.
Many of my family members have had the same success with elimination of grains and sugar and we have collectively resolved issues with weight, ADHD, depression, eating disorders, anxiety, and staved off the Type II Diabetes that destroyed my father and grandfather. We are not celiacs, but are, like the vast majority of people, very insulin-resistant and unable to process the heavy carbohydrate glut of the modern diet.
I recommend the excellent work of Drs. Phinney and Volek, who have credentials I am sure you would admire. We deserve to hear the truth of how eliminating wheat, sugar, and all processed, packaged food will reverse most of the health problems plaguing our society and bankrupting our country. To close,I will celebrate my 60th birthday tomorrow, feeling better than I did at age 30 when I followed the USDA recommended high-grain diet. This summer, I will put in over miles on my bicycle as I did last summer with energy to spare.
Clearly, you have chosen to follow the very ignorant conventional dogma and thinking regarding grain especially wheat and disregard all of the scientific evidence that abounds. This is sadly the reason why our country is in an obesity and health crisis.
Not only did my cholesterol drop 30 points but the rest of my labs have also improved. So even though my personal testimonial is very persuasive in and of itself, the proof is in the lab work! Ill stay thin and healthy and you can keep your GMO grain. What a bunch of nonsense. It is misinformation like this that is the root-cause of many of our health problems. There is no such thing as a wheat deficiency. But, by avoiding wheat, I can come off my asthma medications and breathe through my nose.
I sleep through the night. I have much less arthritis pain in my hips and back. My digestion is normal. My elderly dad gave up wheat for a few weeks before his last doctor appointment and his cholesterol came down enough that he could go off statins.
So, no, not going to shut up about it. My celiac friend, by the way, is happy that I am activist about finding restaurants where we can eat, and that increased demand for wheat free options is improving options for celiacs. Celiac disease tests have documented false negative and it is impossible to really know how accurate these tests are. There is no valid scientific research that can truly determine how wide spread gluten intolerance, celiac, and many other diseases caused by other wheat proteins Gliadin.
We can either wait 20 years for further research to be done that identifies how widespread wheat-caused diseases are while people are becoming extremely sick and dying from wheat, or we can tell people to go wheat free today and save lives. Why does wheat have to be fortified with synthetic vitamins anyways?
Is it because wheat is so deficient in vitamins that it cannot naturally come close to the levels of Vitamin B9 to Spinach, or other greens? It is rather unfortunate that you need to refer to the typical banter regarding the value of wheat.
Strawbridge if you cannot connect the dots you deserve the heart disease, cancer, kidney disease, and diabesity that affects nearly every common person. The irony is that you are at Harvard. Please come into the 21st century! I am extremely disappointed that Harvard has backed such a poor article by someone who obviously has no idea what she is talking about! I went gluten free just over a year ago and had over 30 symptoms completely disappear that were in my life for up to 25 years.
Some of these symptoms included acid reflux, intense itchy inner ears, eczema which was later confirmed as dermatitis herpetiformis , chronic fatigue, knee pain, brain focus, etc. It is sad the limited amount of nutritional training doctors receive, but what is worse is an article full of ignorance. Strawbridge, you have clearly missed the mark.
As a health coach, I have seen first-hand the improvements of my clients health by taking gluten out of many of their diets. Not everyone needs to go GF but for those that suffer from stomach issues, distended bellies, joint pain, etc — it has been key to getting them on the right track. I do believe that eating the gluten free, packaged foods is not a wise choice. They can be packed with sugar and higher in calories. My motto is to just keep the flour off the plate — with or without gluten.
A well balanced meal of lean protein, whole grains gluten free for some and a plethora of fruits and vegetables is key to better health.
I hope Harvard does not stand behind your opinions… my biggest concern is your closing paragraph. A chicken breast, salad and a veggie can cost less than buying packaged foods! I gave up eating all forms of wheat last April and the symptoms that had been plaguing me for years IBS, heartburn, bad digestion, foggy head and quite a few more all disappeared within DAYS! My blood pressure has also dropped to normal and I have been able to halve my medication for same.
I lost 5 kgs and my bloated belly went right down. Was this commissioned, Holly? Because it certainly seems that way. Get your facts right, please. There is something wrong with our wheat. That is why so many people have quit eating it. Just too many good effects to ignore. The Gluten is not the problem, IMO. I am another one whose IBS went into full remission upon going gluten-free, and it only took a few days.
When will nutritional science realize that gluten grains are not only unhealthy, they are definitely not a necessary part of the human diet? I got off all grain except rice and my IBS went into remission, no hives and itchy skin during allergy season, my asthma is almost nonexistant. My fibromyalgia is so much better, I can do workouts on my treadmill I have never been able to handle before. Holly Strawbridge, Please do your research. No human should consume grain.
My health problems, costing me thousands of dollars, were all resolved within weeks upon simply stopping grain. I think you should pay attention. Your career and health, is in grave jeopardy. This is a whole lot of bull crap!
I went wheat free 8 months ago. I am going on 64, but feel more like And just to test this out I was invited out for a spaghetti feed just last night. I enjoyed the meal, but this morning I feel bloated, hungover, and I have a gut ache. Modern wheat is toxic to our bodies.
How about removing the toxins from your food and being able to feel good about what you do? Instead of contributing to the increase of disease and death in our society.
This is one of the most unintelligent articles that I have ever read. Money is greater than the truth. I guess keeping people sick is a great moneymaker for these giants. Lets just give pills to people….. This just makes me so angry. Seek the truth and promote it. Courageous leadership is lacking everywhere. I feel the same way. I think of bread and grains as my garage floor now: When I see bread or grains, my dirty garage floor is what I see. Think I want to bite into that? I am nearly 65 and since going wheat free, I feel like Both Vitamin B and fiber are found in ample quantities in a myriad of fruits and vegetables, which should constitute a large portion of any sane Real Food gluten-free diet.
I find this entire article displays a disappointing amount of ignorance, and it reads like propaganda to me. Modern grains have to be nutritionally fortified because on their own, they are useless nutritionally. Where did people get these vitamins before such fortification? This is not always the case. Davis and his book, Wheat Belly.
We have gone gluten free and no longer suffer from intestinal troubles, itchy skin and rashes, arthritis, bloating, water retention, mind fog, among other things.
To say there are no studies out there is just either stupid or naive. Or better yet, why not conduct some REAL research and see what you find. More homework is needed on your part. Here is the other thing: It should be as simple as ordering a potato or vegetables instead if spaghetti but food manufacturers and restaurants have figured out that wheat is addictive and purposely added wheat to everything.
So it has become hard, when it shouldnt be. So Celiacs really should be happy when others choose to also avoid gluten. That is exactly the logic that this article is missing. Of course the more of us that go gluten free the better it is for celiacs. The diet is not a burden compared to the neurological problems, gastrointestinal problems, skin problems, heart problems, headaches and joint pains that plagued me.
These health problems either totally resolved or greatly improved by eliminating gluten. Perhaps all my health problems would have totally disappeared if it had not taken me 60 years to figure out that gluten is a poison. I too had many problems which have improved after going GF.
Sure, there are foods I can no longer eat… But So What… I no longer have the constant hunger, or the cravings for them. My late wife listened, took the prescribed meds. Had a horrific reaction that nearly killed her. She later died from pneumonia after agreeing to a Lifetime Pneumonia Vaccine Shot. It was a short lifetime. Heres to your good health.
I found out I was gluten sensitive after having bariatric surgery. Then it was pureed foods, but no grains, as they expand in the stomach and could rupture the incision. It was about 4 months before I was able to add grains to my diet. Once I was given the OK to eat grains, I ate a small piece of bread and within 30 minutes, I felt horrible.
Within a few hours, my psoriasis flared, my joints ached, and I started breaking out. It was at that time that I decided no more wheat for me. I never have bloat, gas, or bad bms. I always had issues with this my whole life. This is the most ignorant and uneducated piece of writing I have ever read on a medical or nutritional topic.
Where in the world do you get your information? Gluten is not just one protein. Fiber is NOT a nutrient. You think vegetables, fruit, nuts and seeds do not provide this? Or humanely, grassfed and raised cows? No one who is educated and well versed in nutrition would EVER say that. Vegemite releases gluten-free spread in Australia.
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Cutting the MRO costs of a confectionery giant. The ingredient list on the package label is your best tool to be sure, and you can always contact the food company directly if you're unclear. Grains including bread, pasta, rice, crackers , specifically whole grains, are an important part of a healthy diet. Whole grains are a good source of healthy carbohydrates, providing energy to get you through the day.
Most whole grains are high in fiber, which keeps you full and helps with digestion. Though many grains have gluten, a wide variety are naturally gluten-free. If you're not sure if your bread, crackers, pasta and other grain-based products are gluten-free, a quick look through the ingredients can help you tell.
Avoid products that contain any of the following, as these are NOT gluten-free. Healthy Gluten-Free Dinner Recipes. All fresh, whole vegetables and fruits are naturally gluten-free and important to include in a gluten-free diet. Produce delivers a variety of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. But when you move out of the produce aisle and start looking at packaged produce, you'll have to look out for sneaky gluten.
Some types of processed vegetables and fruits may be prepared or preserved with ingredients that contain gluten. Plain fresh and frozen without sauce vegetables are all gluten-free, but double-check ingredient lists on packages to be sure. When buying canned veggies, buy those packed with water or natural juices typically the healthier option anyway.
For dried and pre-prepped vegetables, double-check the ingredients to make sure there are no gluten-containing flavorings or stabilizers. The concern for gluten in fruit comes when fruit is canned, dried or less likely but possible frozen, as gluten-containing ingredients may be added during the process.
Here's what to look out for when selecting gluten-free fruit and vegetables. If the label doesn't specify what type of starch is used, check with the manufacturer, as it may be wheat. This is OK when made from corn, potato or rice starch. If it's made from wheat, it will be labeled: Most protein sources—both animal and vegetable proteins—are naturally gluten-free. Additional ingredients, such as fillers and flavor enhancers including spices, rubs and sauces are where gluten can sneak into your meats and veggie proteins.
Use this list to help you decide which proteins can fit into a gluten-free diet. Fresh beef, pork, lamb, goat, bison, duck, etc. Fresh chicken and turkey Check any marinades. Fresh fish, scallops, lobster, clams and more are all naturally gluten-free. It's made from soy, which is gluten-free, but check for any additional ingredients with gluten.
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Starting a gluten free diet? Let this WebMD slideshow help. Get the facts about gluten free foods -- with tips on what to avoid, what to enjoy, and delicious. Oct 22, A gluten-free diet is necessary to avoid celiac disease symptoms. Learn how to make smarter choices to avoid gluten, whether cooking at home. Whether going gluten-free is a good choice for you depends on factors like how your individual body digests gluten and your lifestyle.