While you may not know every ingredient in your food, we bet you’ve heard of gluten. But do you know exactly what gluten is? Let us help you out – It’s the protein found in wheat, barley and rye. Gluten is in many common baked goods, from breads and cereals, to cakes, cookies and pies.
Gluten-free diets have become somewhat common and that begs the question: Is it a fad or actually a healthy way of eating? The answer lies in how and why you are going gluten-free. For some, a gluten-free lifestyle is medical matter. Those with celiac disease, which is approximately 1% of the population, develop serious complications when they consume gluten. This autoimmune disease can affect the brain, nerves and cause permanent damage to the intestines. Therefore, the only solution for people with celiac disease is eliminating gluten from their diet.
Other people have gluten intolerance or sensitivity, meaning they may have some symptoms of celiac disease but without the long-term effects and damage to the body. Gluten intolerance or gluten sensitivity usually presents as gastrointestinal distress, fatigue or headaches. Most people with this diagnosis can consume some gluten but problems occur after they cross a tolerance threshold within a certain period of time. Fortunately for people with celiac disease and any level of gluten sensitivity who are still craving their sandwiches and pastries, there are many gluten-free alternatives on the market.
In recent years, celebrities have increasingly piqued the public’s interest in gluten free diets for its potential weight loss effects. But this weight loss theory has some exceptions. Remember those gluten-free alternatives we just mentioned? Well those come with a price and we’re not just talking about money. Many gluten-free products have more fat and calories than their gluten-full counterparts. They may also lack the fortified nutrients that many breads and cereals have. Plus they could have added salt or less fiber as well. So using gluten-free substitutes in a weight loss diet is not going to do the trick.
Instead, reducing or eliminating the consumption of gluten products in exchange for other whole grains – such as quinoa, flax, cornmeal or rice – and focusing meals on proteins, fruits and vegetables can be part of a weight loss solution. And this is where going gluten-free can be a healthier lifestyle.
If you lead or are considering a gluten-free lifestyle, you’ll be pleased to know that Moringa is naturally gluten-free! As one of nature’s most nutritious superfoods, it
contains over 90 naturally-occurring phyto-nutrients. It is perfectly calibrated with a balance of protein, carbohydrates and fat and is considered a raw, whole food. Moringa supports weight loss goals by giving you tons of energy and keeping your body satiated from its superior nutrients. It also helps maintain healthy blood sugar levels and assists in building muscles for a stronger and healthier body.
We know you will choose a diet that is right for your lifestyle. Whether it is gluten-free or not, we hope you’ll make Moringa part of your daily health routine. And we’re here to say, Moringa is not a fad!