Gluten: should you cut it down or out?
Even if you haven’t been diagnosed with coeliac disease or an intolerance of gluten, there are still plenty of reasons for you to adopt a gluten free diet, or to cut down on your gluten intake.
You will find gluten in a number of products; most notably in anything containing wheat (bread, dough, pasta), rye and barley. However, it’s also found in some oats and used as a stabliser and found in gravies, confectionaries and even cosmetics.
So why go Gluten Free?
Gluten can be very difficult to digest and not only for those with known gluten issues. Also coealic disasease and intolerances to both gluten and wheat vary in intensity and often go undiagnosed. We’ve listed a few of the benefits to cutting down on gluten below:
Eat more healthily
Those with a gluten-free or low gluten diet tend to eat more healthily because most processed foods contain gluten. If you cut down, you’ll automatically avoid certain ready-meals and processed confectionary items. You can replace these with much healthier snacks and meals.
Have more energy
Healthier snacks often equate to more energy as well. Whereas gluten can be hard to digest and make you sluggish – healthy alternatives can give you more energy. For example quinoa is an excellent source of protein and releases energy slowly making it a somewhat unbeatable source of energy.
Another reason to cut down on gluten is that it’s easy! Grains such as brown rice, quinoa and cous-cous are widely available along with gluten-free alternatives to dough-based products; bread, biscuits and even pizza.
Awareness is also much, much higher than it used to be, therefore it’s not only easier to buy gluten-free products, but it’s easier to eat a gluten-free diet when you’re out and about.
Try cutting out wheat
Another alternative is to cut down on wheat. Wheat (which includes gluten) is extremely hard to digest, which leads to bloating and excess gas. Also, the health benefits of refined wheat are extremely limited.
Keep working out!
And one of the easiest places to cut out gluten and wheat is with your sports nutritional supplements. One of the prime ways to develop an allergy is by over-consumption of a certain product, especially one high in protein – this happens a lot with both gluten and lactose.
Mr Protein are passionate about promoting quality and healthy proteins as an alternative to non-organic products containing gluten, which can cause so much bloating and discomfort for many.
All products on the Mr Protein site are gluten-free, so it’s an easy way to cut down. Check out our products to see which can be of most benefit to you.