What is Gluten-Free? Which Foods to Eat & Avoid

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What does gluten free mean?

The Gluten-Free diet prohibits one from eating food sources that contain Gluten. Its found in foods like Wheat, Rye, and Barley. Gluten is a type of protein.

Anyone with Celiac disease symptoms or other medical conditions associated with Gluten should take a Gluten-free diet.

Many people take a gluten-free diet that hasn’t been diagnosed with gluten-related issues. People claim that a gluten-free diet helps in improving weight loss, improved energy levels, and overall health, but it needs more research on this topic.

What foods are gluten-free?

Whole grains: quinoa, brown rice, wild rice, buckwheat, sorghum, tapioca, millet, amaranth, teff, arrowroot, oats.

Proteins: legumes, nuts and seeds red meat, poultry, seafood, traditional soy foods.

Fats and oils: butter and ghee, olives and olive oil, avocados and avocado oil, coconut oil, vegetable, and seed oils.

Spices, sauces, and condiments: tamari, coconut aminos, white vinegar, distilled vinegar, and apple cider vinegar.

Fruits and vegetables: citrus fruits, bananas, apples, berries, peaches, pears, cruciferous vegetables, greens, starchy vegetables, bell peppers, mushrooms, onions, carrots, radishes, green beans.

Dairy products: milk, butter and ghee, cheese, cream, cottage cheese, sour cream, yogurt.

Beverages: water, 100% fruit juice, coffee, tea some alcoholic beverages, sports drinks, soda, and energy drinks, lemonade.

For how long a gluten-free diet is recommended?

For a person with celiac disease, a gluten-free diet is a must and they should strictly follow it. When you follow such diet then any symptoms and complications of celiac disease are not seen.

By research, doctors and medical associations have suggested that if the person has celiac and he/she can follow a gluten-free diet for one or two years, after that you can restest your level of sensitivity with the foods that have gluten. As it has been seen thatt the disease may not be a lifelong one. More research is required on this and on the health improvements like weight loss and increased energy levels.