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Is This Diet Safe? Why Many People Feel Better ?

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Guest Jillian Kubala

Is This Diet Safe?

Though many health professionals suggest otherwise, it’s safe to follow a gluten-free diet — even for people who don’t necessarily need to do so.

Cutting out wheat and other gluten-containing grains or products will not cause adverse health effects — as long as these products are replaced with nutritious foods.

All of the nutrients in gluten-containing grains, such as B vitamins, fiber, zinc, iron, and potassium, can easily be replaced by following a well-rounded, whole-foods-based diet consisting of vegetables, fruits, healthy fats, and nutritious protein sources.

Are Gluten-Free Products Healthier?

It’s important to note that just because an item is gluten-free doesn’t mean that it’s healthy.

Many companies market gluten-free cookies, cakes, and other highly processed foods as healthier than their gluten-containing counterparts.

In fact, one study found that 65% of Americans believe gluten-free foods are healthier, and 27% choose to eat them to promote weight loss.

Although gluten-free products are proven to be beneficial for those who need them, they’re not any healthier than those that contain gluten.

And while following a gluten-free diet is safe, keep in mind that any diet that relies heavily on processed foods is unlikely to result in any health benefits.

Plus, it’s still debated whether adopting this diet benefits the health of those without an intolerance.

As research in this area evolves, it’s likely that the relationship between gluten and its impact on overall health will be better understood. Until then, only you can decide whether avoiding it is beneficial for your personal needs.

SUMMARY
While it’s safe to follow a gluten-free diet, it’s important to know that processed gluten-free products are not any healthier than gluten-containing ones.

Why Many People Feel Better

There are several reasons why most people feel better on a gluten-free diet.

First, avoiding gluten usually involves cutting back on processed foods, as it’s found in a wide array of highly processed foods, such as fast food, baked goods, and sugary cereals.

These foods not only contain gluten but are typically also high in calories, sugar, and unhealthy fats.

Many people say that they lose weight, feel less fatigued, and have less joint pain on a gluten-free diet. It’s likely that these benefits are attributed to the exclusion of unhealthy foods.

For example, diets high in refined carbs and sugars have been linked to weight gain, fatigue, joint pain, poor mood, and digestive issues — all symptoms related to NCGS.

What’s more, people often replace gluten-containing foods with healthier options, such as vegetables, fruits, healthy fats, and proteins — which can promote health and well-being.

Additionally, digestive symptoms may improve as a result of reducing intake of other common ingredients, such as FODMAPs (carbs that commonly cause digestive issues like bloating and gas).

Although improved symptoms on a gluten-free diet may be related to NCGS, these improvements could also be due to the reasons listed above or a combination of the two.

SUMMARY
Cutting out gluten-containing foods may improve health for several reasons, some of which may be unrelated to gluten.

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