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Cutting Down on Gluten

Cutting Down on Gluten

So you’re thinking about cutting down on gluten?

Before you do here are a number of things to consider…

It is important to note that unless you have a gluten intolerance, sensitivity or more importantly coeliacs disease, that it isn’t imperative for you to cut down or cut out gluten from your diet, but there are a number of benefits to doing so.

One example of this is that because not all people who have an intolerance to gluten actually realise that they do, therefore the trend of gluten free dieting could actually help you to realise whether gluten is affecting you.

There has not been a better time to attempt to lessen your gluten intake. Due to more and more demand for gluten free produce, there are more alternatives to your favourite glutinous foods than ever! But beware, gluten free does not mean it’s healthy. A lot of gluten free products have been found to have higher rates of saturated fats and sugars. Instead of solely relying on gluten-free alternatives, mixing up your diet and using products that are naturally gluten free could benefit your diet more!

Giving up gluten also means that you will have to give up most processed and convenience foods as most of these are bulked up with glutinous proteins like flour. This means that you will in turn eliminate unhealthy oils which can lead to obesity, high cholesterol and heart disease.

As well as helping to reduce your chances of various illnesses, a gluten free diet can also help to ward off viruses and germs as you will most likely be eating foods richer in antioxidants and vitamins. This would in turn give you more energy, making you feel less bloated and tired!


Like any change of diet though, it is recommended that you do your research, and seek medical advice if you believe that you have a gluten sensitivity, intolerant or coeliacs disease.

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