I've tried some of the gluten free foods that are available; they are pretty good. I've tried quinoa (really good and easy to make in the microwave), tried brown rice (didn't like as much), tried GF breakfast cereals (not bad), haven't tried everything yet.
09/15/2010 - 3:13pm
And another thing... NIH estimates 1 in 133 Americans have CELIAC. Far more have an intolerance. People die of this disease. Don't make hem feel like they should avoid being trendy or ignore their instincts when they suspect a gluten issue.
09/15/2010 - 11:00pm
I have eliminated bread from my diet but still enjoy Pitta Bread toast which has no yeast. This has made all the difference, less tired, don't fall asleep watching TV and less bloating. Many people who think they have a gluten problem actually have a yeast problem.
09/16/2010 - 8:52am
For people with celiac disease it is vital to avoid gluten; for the rest of us consuming these foods in their whole grain forms provides vitamins, minerals and fiber. We have to remember not to overdo the portions, but avoiding them altogether should only be for people with a diagnosis.
09/16/2010 - 2:15pm
I don't believe you can go wrong eating natural foods unless, of course, you have an intolerance problem.
09/17/2010 - 10:20am
I have no problems digesting gluten, and love it! I love all whole grains in all of their forms, and even make my own seitan (wheat gluten protein) from time to time. Yum!
09/18/2010 - 10:36am
I believe wheat to be a common allergen, and I'm sure the gluten has something to do with it. Whenever I eat grains containing gluten, I become very tired. I've noticed that I have much more energy now that I have eliminated gluten from my diet.
09/18/2010 - 10:21pm
After reading the article and all the comments, I'm going to talk to my doctor about getting tested for gluten antibodies. I have Irritable Bowel and get the diareah part of it, usually for one day, never more than two. But I also have fibromyalgia and and have been told alot of people with fibro have IB. My problem is I have to watch my weight -- I'm too thin. 5'6" and 102 now, after having a 111 glucose reading and "watching" my carb and sugar intake for a month and losing 6 pounds. I've always been thin as is the whole family, very much so also on my Dad's side. I don't think there's one person on either side of the family who's morbidly obese, and few would be considered chubby and I'm talking about 75 people, at least.
I need the vitamins eating wheat provides (I already take a supplement) so I don't want to do something that's going to make me lose more weight. In fact, after losing those 6 pounds, my doctor told me to go home and eat anything I wanted because gaining weight back is so hard for me to do. It's been three months and I'm still at 102, thankful I haven't lost more.
I know nothing about dieting except I'm sensitive to chemicals so I avoid artifical coloring, flavorings and preservatives. My allergist said: Read the labels. If you can't pronouce it, don't eat it.
I think I'll continue to research this issue until my appointment in a couple of weeks. It sounds like a number of ailments are helped with the elimination of gluten. I have osteoarthritus and migraine headaches, too. If all I had to do was eat gluten free to get rid of the fibro, arthritus and migraines and gain weight, I'd gladly go without everything that's considered a luxury -- like cable TV. I might even get hips! LOL At the least, I'll find out I don't need to eat gluten free, but have learned tons of new stuff along the way. It's a win-win no matter how it turns out.
09/19/2010 - 12:11pm
I have been thinking of eating gluten free. I will try eating that and see if it helps me feel better. I have MS and exercise is an issue, so I thought trying a new way of eating might be the ticket! Even though it seems like so much "work" I'll see how it goes.
09/19/2010 - 1:58pm
Seif diagnosed even after the doctor stated the blood test came back negative for gluten intolerance. By going gluten free, I have felt 10 times better both mentally and physically. Additionally, I have eliminated all dairy products from my diet. I found this to be harder than gluten. What is difficult now is to be gluten-free and healthy. Meaning getting over 'I deserve to eat these GF chocolate muffins or CC cookies...' and lots of them instead of realizing, hey, I wouldn't eat that amount before going GF, why now? I would like to see a regular feature in a national magazine about GF eating and living. You'd be amazed how many people just don't realize they would be better off GF.