Diets come in all shapes and sizes. You’ve likely at least heard of some of them, and maybe you’ve even tried them at some point – paleo diet, chrono diet, keto diet, the list goes on. Some are rather complex and claim to work due to multiple factors. Others take the simpler route of just discarding a certain kind of food or compound, like sugars or carbs.
Gluten-free diets are among the more popular ones of the bunch. Just from 2009 to 2017 the number of people in the USA adhering to a gluten-free diet has tripled. With more and more frightening accounts and studies coming to light, people are becoming increasingly wary of gluten.
So many of us have heard that it’s bad for us, but why exactly should gluten be avoided?
The people who are most likely to adhere to a gluten-free diet are those suffering from what’s called celiac disease. Suffered by about one percent of Americans and most likely the world population as well, celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that is triggered upon ingesting gluten. Once consumed, the body reacts by harming the intestines. This ailment causes a whole slew of symptoms, upwards to about three hundred. They range from skin rashes, headaches and fatigue to anemia and loss of bone density.
It’s obvious why people with celiac disease decide to cut out gluten, but there are reasons for doing so that affect others as well. For one, some are gluten-sensitive, and they experience similar symptoms, including depression, headaches, abdominal pains, and so on.
Additionally, links have been found between gluten and several brain diseases and mental disorders. An admittedly tenuous correlation has been found between avoiding gluten and alleviating autism symptoms. The same goes for schizophrenia and epilepsy.
From all of this, it becomes clear that going on a gluten-free diet isn’t simply a fad. There seem to be serious health issues tied to gluten consumption and, while they may not impact some as they do others, it certainly warrants giving it at least a thought.
To that end, you can better inform yourself with this amazing infographic about gluten-free dieting. This guide brought to you by MedAlertHelp, will show you the ropes about how to live on a gluten-free nutrition plan. You’ll see what kinds of foods should be avoided and which are okay to eat, how to find a place that serves gluten-free food and much more. If you’re looking to get started with this diet, it’s a great first step.