Eat Gluten or No? The age old question

To eat, or not to eat, that is thy question. What are we talking about here? We’re talking about gluten.

It’s an age old question (or at least in the terms of post-modern nutrition since about the 1970’s) that talks about whether or not gluten is good or even bad for you. Here’s what each side of the argument says.

Gluten: the good

Some will argue that gluten isn’t that bad for you. They’ll say people are just hyper sensative and that even the smallest amount of injestion of 1mcg will set off an allergic reaction. While that’s probably not true, it is true that celiac disease goes misdiagnosed. And with even more people suffering from gluten sensativity, (there are millions according to this article), it should be given it’s respect that is due as a legit health problem. The problem is that doctors don’t really understand it.

Gluten: the bad

There are all kinds of problems related with gluten sensativity, including:

  • diarrhea
  • running nose
  • headaches
  • skin rashes
  • inflammitory diseases
  • other health conditions that negatively effect your health

There are plenty more, but for time’s sake, I wanted to keep the list pretty basic. What happens is the gluten protein found in the grain (wheat, oats, barley, etc.) can set off a chain reaction that causes inflammation. And since the body doesn’t recognize this protein (it’s changed a lot since our forefathers and ancestors ate grains), it creates a pattern of disaster.

Gluten: the ugly

Some people have horrible reactions to gluten. I know of a girl that one time she ate a single piece of bread and developed hives and skin rashes and almost had to be rushed to the hosptial. Needless to say that when she was there, she about damn near died because hospitals are cesspools of filth and disgusting germs, and you want to avoid them at all costs if at all possible. 

I know of another friend of mind who vomits every time he has gluten. Even just a little bit will set him off. so the effects are real. That being said, I know a lot of people that don’t have any (seemingly) negative effects when they eat gluten. They thing it’s delicious and eat it at every meal. These people sometime’s don’t realize they are causing health problems, but that being said, you don’t know what’s causing the true source of their problems.

So test it out. Try cutting it from your diet for 30 days and see what happens when you reinstate it.

Gluten: Your experience?

Have you ever had a negative experience from eating gluten? A good one? What are your thoughts and feelings on it ? please feel free to let me know by sounding off in the comments section below.

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