Understanding Gluten

The gluten free diet has been all the rage the past couple of years, and many of those who maintain it do so without fully understanding the benefits and consequences. A human nutrition, diet and health specialist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service spoke to the health benefits and consequences of gluten. Many Americans are forced to abide by gluten free diets due to allergies and intolerance to the substance, and as a result, many have trouble getting the proper nutrients as well as meeting dietary recommendations regarding wheat intake. In addition, gluten free foods also happen to contain a much higher content of saturated fat, calories and sodium, making them not as healthy as many might think. So, when looking to get healthy by taking on a new diet sans gluten, take a minute and do your research—understanding the benefits and consequences are just as healthy of a decision as deciding to cut gluten out in the first place.

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