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 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
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
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
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
I know that it is unhealthy but can't afford to shop gluten free.
09/09/2010 - 1:22am
I am taking the advice of my personal trainer that gluten quickly turns to insulin in the body and burns before fat. Also gluten makes the body bloat, especially in the stomach. After 3 weeks of a gluten free diet I noticed a dress size decrease in my waist. After a 3 day weekend of indulging on wheat, that decrease was gone.
09/09/2010 - 5:23pm
My dad was diagnosed gluten intolerant - the stage just before full blown Celiac Disease. It was making him very sick. And my eldest daughter has discovered eating anything with gluten makes her ill and have digestion issues. Doctors seem to think there may be a hereditary link and since my parents will be moving in with us next year, I have been practicing and learning to go gluten free most of the time.
09/10/2010 - 12:17pm
I love eating whole grains, but I am having problems with them. Have tried the gluten free and have made some wonderful foods, which I will continue to use. I do feel a lot better when not eating gluten, so in the end my have to go gluten free, although it is harder and expensive.
09/10/2010 - 4:51pm
My daughter was diagnosed with chrons disease. We found by making her food gluten free, she has eliminated many of her severe symptoms. I am also a director of a large emergency department. Patients coming in symptomatic from celiac and chrons, I have advised them of trying gluten free. Several came back and reported the majority of their severe symptoms have subsided.