9 Carbs You Can Still Eat on A Gluten Free Diet Plan

9 Carbs You Can Still Eat on A Gluten Free Diet Plan

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The Gluten Free Diet Plan and 9 Carbohydrates That You Can Eat While On It

In recent decades, healthy eating has become an obsession in the United States, largely due to the high amount of overweight and obese people living in the country. One of the most popular healthy eating trends that is going on in the U.S. is the gluten-free diet. This diet helps manage certain diseases. Some people adopt a gluten free diet weight loss. The diet has also become popular among celebrities, Olympic athletes, and other prominent figures.

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Over the last decade, gluten has become a villain of healthy eating. Gluten-free diets exploded on the market and many food manufacturers are now offering gluten-free versions of their products. Gluten-free diets have become so popular that in 2015 Americans spent over $4 billion on gluten-free products.

What is Gluten?

Gluten is a protein that is naturally found in cereal grains like wheat or barely. It affects the elasticity and chewiness of baked foods. Although gluten itself is considered a protein, it is actually more like a super-protein because it is made up of other proteins. For example, one of these proteins is gliadin. Gliadin is the protein responsible for making bread rise.

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Gluten is bad for people who have certain diseases or conditions. Celiac disease is one of the most prominent anti-gluten conditions that a person can have. The disease affects around ten percent of people worldwide. Celiac disease is a condition in which the body treats gluten like a poison. Celiac is an autoimmune disorder, so it will attack and destroy the part of the small intestine that contains gluten. Eating gluten can make a person with Celiac disease very sick and malnourished.

Some people have gluten intolerance. This isn’t as extreme as Celiac’s disease, but it can still cause complications in the body. When a person with gluten intolerance eats gluten, they can get stomach pain, bloating, nausea, and diarrhea, confusion, joint pain, and more.

Gluten intolerance mimics wheat allergy but the difference is that gluten intolerance just causes discomfort while a wheat allergy can be life-threatening.

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The Gluten Free Diet Plan

The Gluten free diet plan is one where the dieter restricts or completely cuts out gluten from their everyday meals. This doesn’t mean that all carbohydrates are excluded, just the ones that have the gluten protein. Foods that are restricted are triticale, barley, rye, sauces, beer, pasta, wheat and any other food that contains gluten. Wheat can be tricky because it can be called different names.

There are different versions of wheat that go by other names: durum, einkorn, emmer, kamut, spelt. All of these have gluten and should be avoided. Wheat flours also go by different names. They are enriched flour, farina, graham flour, self-rising flour, and semolina.

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