Gluten: should we remove it from our plates?

Nowadays, we hear this idea everywhere: gluten is bad for health and is responsible for common medical complaints (bloating, headaches, etc.). Many people self-declare « gluten-intolerant » simply by having one of these symptoms.

If gluten can be very toxic to a very small number of people (about 1% of the population) who suffers from celiac disease or wheat allergy, for the vast majority of the population there is no reason to eradicate it from our plates.

The 3 medical reasons to exclude gluten

A strict gluten-free diet is very restrictive and can lead to risks of nutritional imbalances. It must be prescribed to meet a real need: celiac disease, wheat allergy, gluten hypersensitivity diagnosed and after a medical advice.

You can find a wide variety of “gluten-free » products in stores

These products are gluten-free, but with more additives: just compare the labels …

To conclude eating « gluten-free » products from the supermarket outside of a medical reason is a personal food choice, which does not bring any health benefits.

Does your doctor advise you to follow a gluten-free diet?

There is a list of foods which will allow you to eliminate categories of products that may contain gluten. List made from information on the website of the AFDIAG (French Gluten Intolerance Association)

Try my « gluten-free » recipes … and no need to follow a gluten-free diet to enjoy!

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