The Truth About A Gluten Free Diet

By: Ariel Gardner, Annabelle Ackling, and Charli Swinton

The Cons Of a Gluten Free Diet Diet (For Those Without Celiac Disease)

Restricting carbs can cause fatigue due to low energy. This also increases risks of ketosis. Carbs provide the body's primary energy source in the form of glucose. When the carb intake is loathe body turns to fat for Energy producing ketones. Too many ketones in the body can lead to ketosis which is a condition that results in nausea, headache, fatigue, and bad breath and can result in liver or kidney damage.

Healthier Way To Diet

Don't Delete Gluten Out Completly

Completing deleting gluten out of your diet, for those without celiac disease, could be very harmful to your body. Taking gluten out of your body does not increase weight loss and actually does more harm than good. Instead of taking gluten out of your body completely, you should simply alter your grain intake. For example focus on eating more whole grains opposed to refined grains which contribute to waist expansion.

Refined Grains

Eating refined grains such as white bread may expand your waist. In a study conducted by Tufts university they found that those who ate mostly refined grains gained 3 times in waist size as those who ate mostly whole grains. "Waist circumference was very much associated with the high-refined grains pattern" says Katherine Tucker, an associate professor of nutritional epidemiology at Tufts University. Throughout the study the instructors found out that the white eating bread group expanded about one-half inch a year. At the end of the study the white bread group had three times the fiber group's grain in the gut.

Why Switch To Whole Grains?

Eating white bread and pasta are associated with having a bigger waistline. Having abdominal fat carries a higher risk for heart disease and diabetes. Eating whole grain foods is good for the heart. And prevents diseases and some forms of cancer. Eating whole grains lowers the risk of many chronic diseases. Benefits are most pronounced for those consuming at least 3 servings daily. Stroke risked is reduced by 30-36%. Type 2 diabetes risk is reduced by 21-30%. Heart disease risk reduced by 25-28%. Better weight maintenance. Reduced risk of asthma. Healthier carotid arteries. Reduction of inflammatory disease risk. Lower risk of colorectal cancer. Healthier blood pressure levels. Less gum disease and tooth loss. Lowers risk of chronic diseases.