Monday, July 29, 2013

Gluten intolerance and alternative food

I noted from this article "10 Signs You're Gluten Intolerant" that people with gluten intolerance need to avoid food containing gluten, which is "a protein found in wheat, rye and barley", otherwise they may develop symptoms such as digestive issues, chronic fatigue, hormonal imbalance, inflammation in joints, and anxiety. One person commented below the article that "Given that wheat, soy and corn are the top food intolerances AND are also the top GMO food crops, I'd say that has something to do with it." 

I learnt from the article that an elimination diet is the best way to determine whether a person has an issue with gluten. As for me, I have been eating bread every day and drink barley water on weekends, and I am monitoring my health at the same time to see if there are symptoms related to gluten intolerance. 

I also learnt in the case of gluten intolerance, a change in diet will be necessary, such as substituting wheat products with pure oats, for example. Eating eggs for breakfast is a healthy gluten-free meal too, which you have been eating. I learnt from this article below that it is recommended to eat 2 or 3 eggs per day, preferably those that are organic and pasture-raised. 
"There’s absolutely no reason to limit your consumption of eggs to three to four per week, as recommended by “heart-healthy” nutritional guidelines. In fact, consuming two to three eggs per day would provide a better boost to your health and protection against disease than a multivitamin supplement. Eggs truly are one of nature’s superfoods." 
(From "Three eggs a day keep the doctor away!" by Chris Kresser)

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