15 – Why Be Gluten Free?

Why do I care at all about being gluten free?

There are many possible symptoms caused from gluten (typically found in our wheat products in the U.S.) intolerance.  Here is a list from Elisabeth Hasselbeck’s book, “The G Free Diet.”

-Abdominal pain and discomfort

-Anemia and other deficiencies

-Constipation

-Delayed puberty

-Diarrhea

-Discolored teeth

-Distension

-Excessive weight loss (with a large appetite), or weight gain

-Fatigue

-Gas

-Headaches

-Joint or bone pain

-Loss of dental enamel, tooth discoloration

-Missed menstrual periods

-Muscle cramps

-Reproductive problems

-Skin rashes, itchiness

-Smelly stool

-Sores inside the mouth

-Stunted growth in children

-Tingling or numbness in legs

And she mentions Long-Term Conditions Resulting from Untreated Celiac Disease (intolerance to gluten):

-Infertility

-Intestinal cancers

-Iron deficiency anemia

-Folate, potassium, and vitamin B12 deficiencies

-Osteoporosis

-Rheumatoid arthritis

-Thyroid problems

-Fibromyalgia

-Type 1 diabetes

I highly recommend her book to find out more about how gluten affects you if any of this sounds familiar.

Glutenous products also do not keep our appetites satisfied.  We end up wanting more of the food that is not so nutritious, and then gaining weight as a result.  The non-glutenous food would be more nutritious and satisfying.

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