Skip to comments.I gave up gluten and here's what happened
Posted on 11/18/2013 5:17:41 AM PST by TurboZamboni
Remember the days, not that long ago, when you never encountered the word gluten? Unless you were an ambitious baker, it was a rare word, like threnody, or anchorite.
No more. Gluten today is nearly up there with yoga and latte, and way more common than twerk.
I know people who do not have celiac disease if you are one of the 1 percent of Americans who suffer from celiac disease, letting gluten pass between your lips is not an option who banished gluten from their diets just because, and so do you. They report feeling so much better, that they are less bloaty, have more energy and sleep like babies all due to the removal of wheat, rye and barley from their diets (the problematic protein is found in all three grains).
Supermarkets contain expanding lines of gluten-free products. Restaurants even fine-dining outposts tout gluten-free options. Some joints don't use gluten in anything.
The market grew by 44 percent between 2011 and 2013, and is projected to reach $10.5 billion this year, according to the market-research firm Mintel.
I wanted to feel so much better. So I largely removed gluten from my diet for October. And while I gluten-fasted, I talked with people who know a lot about diet.
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When I was growing up, there was no such thing as lactose-intolerant, glucose-intolerant, etc. It may seem strange now but there was a time when you could bring peanut butter sandwiches to school. If, back in 1972 when I was in fourth grade, I told my classroom that I was allergic to peanut butter, the entire class would laugh at me - including the teachers who would tell me "not to be silly and eat my sandwich."
We evolved (or were created) to eat veggies, fruits, meat, and eggs. Processed grains are a rather late addition to our diets, being introduced in just the last few thousand years. It would not be surprising that our bodies don’t handle grains as well as other foods.
I’m part of the 1% of people that acutally has celiac disease. I shake my head when people tell me they’re cutting gluten out of their diet “to feel better.” You’ve felt fine! Cutting gluten out isn’t going to have any impact on you. I’d kill for a real piece of pizza and a beer. The gluten-free options are awful (I’ve tried them all).
This why the author felt better and in general why most people do as well. Going on a diet that restricts a food group inherently steers you back to fresh, whole food that has not been processed. Processed food is what is killing people.
Have you heard of Kamut wheat?
It’s an “ancient grain”, a wheat, but a longer grain.
It has less gluten and makes for a delicious bread with great texture.
It’s not just gluten. All grains should be cut out- corn, oats, rice, sugar. Grain proteins damage the linings of the intestianl track letting pre-digested foods and toxins circulate through the blood stream. Hello IBS, allergies, psoriasis, etc,..
I have added an couple of teaspoons a day of flex seed meal to my diet for the last few months. Heartburn is all but gone! The crazy thing is that I started taking the flax seed meal to reduce my cholesterol.
>> When I was growing up, there was no such thing as lactose-intolerant, glucose-intolerant, etc.
I could have written your post myself, word for word. I don’t get it either. My personal opinion is it’s just another symptom of the prideful, “it’s all about me” society we have become. Everyone’s looking within to the point of obsession; not so many look up to the Creator!
I’m sure I’ll get flamed for that but NOT ONE OF THEM has ever rigorously explained precisely why, after five thousand years of wheat, barley, etc as dietary staples, it’s just in the past 20 years that the poor victims are suffering and demand special accommodation everywhere they go (including the Holy Communion table).
Thanks, I will research it.
I have added 8 shots of Jack Daniels for after dinner...It has removed any pain or worries until the next day....
>> Processed grains are a rather late addition to our diets, being introduced in just the last few thousand years. It would not be surprising that our bodies dont handle grains
Why do you think “our bodies” rebelled only in the last decade or so?
Or are there ancient papyrus manuscripts warning folks away from the “staff of life”?
“It would not be surprising that our bodies dont handle grains as well as other foods.”
It doesn’t really matter whether it would be surprising or not, it really only matter whether it is true.
not the slightest AM headache?
From my very early days on this planet, I was told to avoid loading up on bread, cakes and sweets.
Grandma said to eat fresh fruits and vegetables, plenty of meat, a small piece of birthday cake when offered (to be polite) and a bit of “medicine” from the old brown jug to keep a twinkle in your eyes.
Seems like my Grandma could have been a Foodie.
27 aerobic and 30 anaerobic oral bacterial strains capable of metabolizing gluten have been obtained. 5 aerobic and 10 anaerobic strains are the fastest growing.
All anaerobic strains belonged to the Bifidobacterium genus. (A bacterial strain commonly used as a probiotic.)
In the aerobic category, Rothia mucilaginosa and Rothia aeria were most active. These results demonstrate that Rothia species are highly effective in degrading gluten, and more so than anaerobic strains. Importantly, they did so mostly at a pH of 7 (neutral), and when pH became 3, about the acidity of orange juice, their activity ceased. Gastric (stomach) acid has a pH of about 1. When the pH again rose, the bacteria remained inactive.
But ironically, R. mucilaginosa colonizes the healthy and celiac-afflicted duodenum to the same extent. This suggests that bacterial degradation of gluten is not enough, and that some other factor may be involved one way or another.
Sound down right like the Paleo (Paleolithic) diet...
The author admits that he didn’t just limit gluten. He ate more vegetables, fruits, nuts and lean meats. Substituting low glycemic index foods for high generally produces good results. It’s all about how much you eat, how often and how fast your body can turn it into sugar.
The past 20 years? High fructose corn syrup. I don’t do well with it and after reducing carbs down to 5-10% of my intake I have never felt better. It’s not the gluten per se that is the problem, it is the processed carbohydrates.
Just steer clear of that grain alcohol.
I prefer Glutton over Gluten.
In the 1970s artificial ingredients and components of foods were allowed to be added to foods without labeling the whole product as ‘artificial’.
These unusual allergies probably stem from our ingestion of these fake foods that were never intended by God to be eaten as food. Peanut allergies are real, we have two close friends each with children who have to carry epi-pens.
Unless you have a severe allergy like Celiac disease, the best thing is simply eat whole normal foods that are processed minimally with no odd ingredients. Try to buy things made locally or as close to the source as you can.
I can make a loaf of great bread in a bread machine at home with about 2 minutes of actual work putting about 5 simple ingredients in the hopper. Compare that to the label of your favorite store bought bread, its stunning the number of ingredients (yes I know some are vitamins) but others just don’t belong in bread!
This is exactly how I explain it to my family. It wouldn’t hurt to try it for a while, IMO and I don’t understand the criticism either.
my mom is on this
I think it’s stupid
You can take my baguette when you pry it from my cold, dead hands.
that wheat beer makes me break out in hives
now, all this being said, scientists and food producers are exploring to determine whether it is something in the insecticide or the fertilizer or the other chemicals that is causing all this food allergy that has spring up in the past 15 years or so.
Eat Right 4 Your Blood Type is the best diet book ever
I believe people are different...Some can tolerate or thrive on grains...others cannot...Grains just make me HUNGRIER...Fat and protein work best for me...With lots of veggies
Agree with your assessment NT. And I was horrified to hear my granddaughter tell me that there is a “peanut-free” table at school.
Did you hear of that stupid prank Jimmy Kimmel played on kids, having their parents inform them that they ate all of their Halloween candy? Well, I would rather be invited to have lunch with my granddaughter at her school, ask to sit at the peanut-free table, pull out my fresh baguette slathered with pb and j and start munching.
Any bets on what would happen next? Projectile teachers and parents, screams, evictions and a possible arrest? LOL
Well, I won’t do it for fear of embarrassing my granddaughter..but believe me, it’s tempting.
I am on a 100% gluten diet — nothing but heaping bowls full of steaming gluten — and I feel GREAT!
Allergies come with your genes. Neither of my parents suffered from allergies (until very late in their lives) like my brother and I do but all of their siblings did have severe allergies. Recessive genes did us in.
Yesterday, I watched the making of croissants on a food show ..just about equal parts European butter and flour folded together in a magnificent oval creation..hot, flaky, delicious. Can’t wait to make them.
I mean when you crave bakery, yeah right that yogurt is just as good.
I have relatives and friends that go into anaphylactic shock from peanut exposure. My nephew has two EpiPens: One for initial exposure and one to take on the way to the hospital. That’s two doses just to stay alive to get to the ER.
Your suggestion is ignorant at best, evil at worst. I didn’t know we had people like you on FR.
Please post your address, next time one of my two boys that has celiacs eats wheat by accident, I will send you the results to you, I can assure you will be disgusted by the results, probably more than I am disgusted by your ignorance...
BTW Both are young men that would love to eat pizza and drink beer, I think pride has nothing to do with it...
My philosophy - JERF - Just Eat Real Food
Most meals home cooked, very little, if any, processed food.
Gluten free is a hoax.
Isn't one of the seven deadly sins gluteny?
Don’t ever do that again.
>> I dont understand the criticism either.
Fair enough! Let me help you understand.
I have not yet met the glucose-lactose-peanut-eggwhite-HFCS-whatever-intolerant souls who bravely (and silently!) bear their terrible burden.
No, the ones *I* know are uber-hypochondriacs that make their “food sensitivity” a centerpiece of their existence.
They don’t simply pass up without comment the stuff they can’t eat at dinner parties/church suppers/family reunions/etc. No, they *always* grill whoever is serving over EXACTLY what ingrediants are in EVERYTHING, and they *always* tell everyone within earshot how They Can’t Eat That!!! and put on that “Don’t Worry About Me I’ll Starve I’m such a brave martyr!” act.
And GOD forbid you are forced to dine with them in a PAID establishment, because HERE is where they really shine. Because food-for-money is involved, they feel beyond entitled to beat the poor food server up over ingredients in every damn dish, and indignantly whine about why they don’t have a dish to accommodate their needs, and doesn’t the proprietor understand about food allergies yadda yadda bla bla bla. It’s embarrassing. And if they even think an offending morsel passed their lips during the meal — whoever picked the restaurant and/or paid for their meal WILL hear about it the next day (extending on into the next week).
Hope this helps, and FRegards
Yes, maybe, sort of. The problem is that the intestinal flora, not just bacteria, but Archaea, viruses and other microorganisms, and even parasites, are very interactive with each other and the immune system.
If the gluten was digested by bacteria, it still might elicit an immune response. Some immune diseases like Crohn’s may actually be causes by an *absence* of a parasite.
So it’s likely going to be years before they start to get a handle on this.
>> Nervous Tick Please post your address
Why don’t you post yours and I’ll send you a sympathy card.
Gluteny is one of the 7 deadly sins.
I see your ignorance is only exceeded by your arrogance.
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