Gluten free diets have come into prominence in the recent years, spurred on by celebrity testimonials and various health benefit claims. But what’s behind all the hype? What exactly is a gluten free diet? What are it’s pros and cons? Is it right for you and, if so, how can you get started? The answers are rather simple after a bit of research, so read on to find out more.
What Is A Gluten Free Diet?
Just as it sounds, a gluten free diet is one that does not contain gluten. Gluten is a combination of proteins that is often found in grains such as wheat, barley, and rye. This means that any bread, beer, or other food that contains these grains (and a few others) cannot be consumed while on the diet.
Not all grains and starches have gluten. Foods such as rice, corn, buckwheat, potatoes, and quinoa don’t contain gluten so any flours (and the breads they make) can be eaten while on a gluten free diet. Oats also do not contain gluten, but because they are so often handles by processing plants that also process wheat there is a chance of cross-contamination.
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