What's the hype with Gluten-free?

Gluten-free or no-glu way of eating as the French say, is very popular for the last few years. There's also an overwhelming amount of studies and books coming out talking about the problem with gluten. Is it a fad or is there really something problematic about gluten and grains in general?

I've been eating wheat free for the last seven years but there are people who can't even imagine going a day without bread. Bread has been, after all, a staple in most people's diet for thousands of years so why go without? This is a very comprehensive video by an esteemed expert that explains why we should all try a gluten-free diet. I also recommend books like Gluten Freedom or Grain Brain.

I fully understand that in a country where prosperity is measured by the price of 'a baguette', going gluten-free might seem difficult. However, if you have an autoimmune disease, feel bloated after every meal, your body weight fluctuates within one day, have anemia or respiratory issues, going on a gluten-free diet can be a game-changer.

Here are some tips on how to start and stay on a gluten-free diet:

1. When invited at somebody's house, always call the host in advance to say you eat gluten-free.

2. Bring something homemade so people can taste your gluten-free creation and recognize that gluten-free doesn't mean tasteless.

3. Nowadays, the choice of gluten-free food is endless, however, do not spend your money on gluten-free pastry, breads and cakes, these are not a healthier option. If you really want some comfort food like pasta, choose brown rice pasta, 100 % buckwheat noodles or pasta made from red or green lentils. Einkorn is also a better option than wheat as it is the original grain that our ancestor ate.

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