- Posted April 22, 2014 by
The Growing Popularity Of Gluten-Free Diets
Many world-famous celebrities are proud advocates of gluten-free diets, even if they are not suffering from celiac disease. These celebrities actually say that they are able to maintain a fit and well-toned body by following a strict gluten-free diet.
And for those not familiar with this particular kind of health condition, celiac disease is an immune reaction to eating gluten, a particular protein found in grains such as wheat and rye. This condition, if left untreated or undiagnosed for a long period of time, will damage the linings of a person’ small intestines’ and any nutrients will no longer be absorbed. This disease can lead to further complications such as abnormal weight loss and bloating and even diarrhea and the important organs such as the brain, bones and liver will also be eventually deprived of all the needed nutrition and sustenance.
The good thing is that there are now many available food products that are gluten-free and safe for people who have celiac disease or are sensitive to gluten. So starving ones’ self is not exactly the only remedy or solution for them. But they do need to follow a strict gluten-free diet for the rest of their life to make sure that they continue being healthy and fit.
A lot can be said though for parents who implement a vegan and gluten-free diet regimens in their homes, even if no one in their families are suffering from celiac disease or are sensitive to gluten. This is certainly a notable and admirable stand that needs to be applauded indeed.
Why so? Going on a full-out gluten-free diet is not particularly easy. Nor will it come cheap. Though gluten-free foodstuff are now more affordable and prevalent compared to 10 years ago, going this route will be fraught with hardship and challenges. And the expenses are just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak.
You may ask, why eat gluten-free food at home if it’s perfectly safe to serve any fare since no one in the family have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity? To go gluten-free at home is akin to avoiding buying and eating processed food. And this means parents will serve more organic food: vegetables, fruits and nuts, just to name a few. As such, this also entails cooking or baking healthy vegan gluten free recipes. For instance, mom can bake a vegan and gluten-free pumpkin cheesecake for dessert or even for a snack. There are also recipes for vegan and gluten-free pastas and soups.
These parents simply want their families to have healthier bodies and minds and as such, they make a conscious effort to follow and implement a wholesome diet at home.