Why All The Hype About Gluten-free?
If you have lived in a cave with no internet connection for the last few years, there is a chance you have never heard of the word gluten-free or no-glu as the French say. If you are a healthy nutrition freak like me, you surely noticed the insane amount of gluten-free breads, cookies and pasta in your grocery store. Is it a fad or is there really something about gluten that causes a problem?
Now, there are people like me who eat wheat, barley and rye-free and there are those who think cutting out gluten is the worst thing since The Beatles broke up. This is a very comprehensive video by an expert on the matter that explains why we should all try a gluten-free diet.
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 bland.
3. Nowadays, the choice of gluten-free food is endless, however, do not spend your money on GF 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 soba noodles or pasta made from red lentils.
If you are not sure if you want to try a gluten-free diet, at least start baking your own sourdough bread. You can find a recipe here.