Trying to Understand the Gluten Debate
Personally I am not on a gluten free diet. Gluten is found in wheat and pasta. Some people now advocate the gluten free diet and that gluten is the diet villain. But what other people could be ignoring is that gluten is in wheat itself... and if it's really the diet villain, why do Buddhist monks usually have longer lives? One might not have considered the fact that some bread products today are either too refined thus taking away important nutrients or the preservatives may have caused an adverse reaction to people who are supposedly not gluten sensitive.
What people are ignoring is that gluten sensitivity is just like any form of food allergy. Those intolerant to other types of seafood must avoid, those who aren't allergic to clams and shrimp can eat them. Those with lactose intolerance should avoid milk but those who aren't, can take in milk. It's the same with gluten. Also gluten and milk aren't the biggest culprits to digestion problems. Sometimes a poor diet of oily foods, food preservatives or overly spicy foods can contribute them.
When I think of gluten, gluten is what is in wheat and it is NOT POISON except to people who are celiac diseased. I was even thinking where is the credibility of doctors who blame gluten for all the health problems while children are actually taking in loads of junk food? Simple, you just can't trust any doctor.
Here's some things I just thought about trying to go gluten free when they aren't gluten intolerant:
- Gluten like it or not is found in wheat. When wheat is made into flour, the gluten is carried over. Wheat flour unrefined contains more nutrients than white flour. Also, I made a thought about gluten is present in agricultural products. Removing gluten from the flour not only removes texture but important nutrients in the flour for gluten free flour.
- It's usually misdiagnosis. Personal experience is NOT research. Sometimes our personal experiences are coincidental, not exactly what we think. For example, I cannot conclude that I became richer from eating oranges just because I got more money on the day I ate oranges. That's not logical. Some people immediately conclude they are gluten intolerant just because they had rashes after eating vegetarian meat when in reality, they got rashes maybe because of lactose intolerance.
- The possibility of nutritional deficiency. Many healthy foods contain gluten like whole wheat bread. Gluten free diet should be supervised by the doctor for those with celiac disease. As said, you don't go gluten free until you are really certified gluten intolerant and two, go to a competent doctor!
- Gluten free foods are more processed than those with gluten. Gluten is in the regular flour or wheat flour, gluten is in anything whole wheat or refined flour. Gluten free foods were only made for gluten intolerant patients. But it's a rare thing. As said, gluten free foods aren't always healthy. You can be gluten free but if the product contains tons of chemicals, it's still bad!
Butg as said, if you feel gluten related products caused your allergies, it's best to have a medical test then undergo a special diet. But if you are not gluten intolerant, then enjoy your gluten!