I know that it is unhealthy but can't afford to shop gluten free.
09/09/2010 - 1:22am
There is a difference between eating low carb and gluten-free. I wonder if some folks are missing that distinction. Gluten-free does not mean low-carb. Low carb (or at least counting carbs) may be a way of life for diabetics in addition to folks wanting to lose weight. To complicate things, there are folks with diabetes and/or celiac disease, but not everyone. I can't see jumping on the gluten-free bandwagon for its own sake just because it is in town.
09/08/2010 - 7:36pm
My husband has an allergy to wheat and cannot eat it at all. He has gone into anaphalactic shock so naturally we cook to avoid any wheat.
09/08/2010 - 7:12am
As far as I can tell I can digest wheat and gluten just fine. However, lately I've been reading that humans are better off when they do not eat wheat so I am trying to phase it out and see if I feel any different.
09/06/2010 - 10:02pm
I think maybe "gluten free" is the latest diet craze. When I was young it was the "low fat" diets. Then later it became "low carb" diets. Most recently I've noticed that fasting (Hollywood lemonade diet, cabbage soup diet) has really become popular.
Up next? Gluten free diets. It'll take no time at all before big food manufacturers are mass producing "gluten free" foods, and restaurants will have a special little symbol on their menus to indicate gluten free fare.
Celiac disease and gluten allergies are a serious problem for those who suffer from them. However, the vast majority of people don't carry these conditions any more than people with peanut allergies. If you feel better by cutting out products made from gluten containing ingredients, it could be that you were eating junk food in the first place such as industrially produced white bread, commercial breakfast cereals, commercial pastas, and any convenience/prepared items.
There are a lot of healthy nutrients such as b complex vitamins and fiber in organic whole grains. It is a shame to eliminate such an abundant food source in the name of a diet fad.
09/06/2010 - 8:25pm
I avoid most gluten products because they seem to make my skin VERY itchy!
I do eat some regular cookies, but that is the extend of it. I seem to have very poor circulation. It took two years to heal an ankle ulcer. No, I do not have a sugar intolerance.
09/04/2010 - 10:48pm
I try not to eat gluten, but good bread has always been my downfall. I have arthritis that the doctors say is "severe," but I'm almost pain-free when I'm not eating gluten. When I slip up and go on a gluten binge -- usually my kids bringing home a big pizza will start it -- I really suffer.
09/03/2010 - 8:58am
I had NO symptoms, until I was diagnosed with osteoporosis. Testing revealed GLUTEN ANTIBODIES, as well as "leaky gut" (nutrients escape and are poorly absorbed). I was told to avoid gluten. People who have gluten antibodies, but not celiac, are often missed by regular doctors. Integrative health practitioners can test for gluten antibodies. Also, I heard that wheat is genetically modified to INCREASE gluten (to make it less digestible to insects). Another reason to avoid flour products or buy organic, which SAVES money on health costs.
09/02/2010 - 6:02pm
I am allergic to wheat and rye (as well as others) and as of yet not barley so gluten free is an easy way to avoid those foods.
09/01/2010 - 10:53pm
When I eliminated wheat from my diet 15 years ago, it was a desperate attempt to feel less fatigue in the evening. After two days without wheat, I had more energy in the evening. After a week, I noticed that my appetite had normalized and I had lost a pound without trying. This continued for 20 weeks, until I'd lost the extra weight I didn't need. I was also surprised to see that my rosacea cleared up. It's not that hard to give up wheat, there are plenty of substitute products out there.