Gluten Free Food Can Be A Healthy Option
Today we are going to be talking about Gluten Free Food and how just because a food is Gluten Free, does not mean that it is healthy, however you can eat gluten free food that is a healthy option provided that you make the right choices when it comes to selecting gluten free food.
Gluten Free is all the rage at present so much so that I am sure most of you have read or heard about diets and foods free of gluten, gluten free products are everywhere from large supermarket chains, to health food stores and there are even speciality stores who focus on sourcing products without gluten.
More and more people are adopting a gluten free diet either by choice or due to health conditions such as coeliac disease. Naturally for people with coeliac disease they have no choice, their health and well being is reliant upon the complete removal of all products containing gluten from their diet.
According to Coeliac Australia coeliac disease affects approximately 1 in 100 Australians and approximately 75% of Australians currently remain undiagnosed, meaning that approximately 160,000 Australians have coeliac disease though don’t know it source Coeliac Australia.
There are also many people who eliminate gluten from their diet as they have a sensitivity to gluten and in particular wheat based products these people may have irritable bowel syndrome or digestive issues and therefore avoid gluten based products. Although avoiding gluten is not detrimental to their health (as is the case for a person with coeliac disease) the removal and abstinence from gluten based products assists with their general health and well being as it alleviates symptoms often associated with gluten/wheat sensitivity such as abdominal bloating, discomfort, cramping, headaches, lethargy, attention-deficit disorder, hyperactivity, muscle weakness and joint pain.
The number of people diagnosed with coeliac disease is proportionately lower than the number of people living in Australia, yet PerthNow reports that an estimated 1 million Australians are following a gluten free diet & research conducted by Datamonitor suggests that the Australian gluten-free market will grow to a total of US$98.6 million. These figures are expected to continue to rise over the coming years as more and more people look for different ways to improve their general health and well being.
So exactly what is contributing to this overwhelming increase in the number of people adopting this type of diet & lifestyle?
It appears that the majority of people who avoid gluten in their diet, do so by choice – these people have not been diagnosed with coeliac disease, they do not have irritable bowel syndrome and do not necessarily have a gluten and or wheat sensitivity instead the largest group of people who eat foods without gluten, choose to eat this way as they say it makes them feel better, healthier and more energised. Many people reduce or eliminate gluten from their diet in response to feeling bloated, lethargic, depressed or as a way of losing weight.
Join us next week when we conclude with part 2 of gluten free can be a healthy option.