Gluten sensitivity or intolerance is now a common health issue and it can have a big impact the gut and immune system. Gluten sensitivity can cause weight loss and eating products that contain gluten even if you’re not sensitive to it can make it difficult to lose weight. Removing gluten from the diet can be of great benefit to your health, in particular if you are overweight, it’s likely you will lose weight. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. Wheat itself also contains some other questionable ingredients. Gluten is the sticky protein in wheat that holds bread together and makes it rise.
Today’s wheat contains a starch known as amylopectin A which is highly fattening, a form of gluten that is extremely pro-inflammatory and some other ‘interesting’ ingredients that keep you coming back for more. The high levels of amylopectin A and gluten in today’s wheat are due to the genetic modification and hybridisation of wheat to produce high yielding plants. Wheat is not what it used to be and is in fact a far cry from the wheat that our great grandparents made bread with.
The gluten component of today’s wheat easily triggers inflammation inside the body, gut issues and other food sensitivities and, weight loss because it upsets the stomach and digestive process. Products that contain gluten can increase your chances of weight gain and diabetes due to the starches and sugars they contain. If gluten triggers autoimmunity, this can affect thyroid function which slows down metabolism and makes it difficult to lose weight or too easy to pile on the pounds.
The problem is gluten is in so many products! Wheat has many disguises and is added to everything which makes avoiding it difficult without analysing labels and even then it’s not always possible to avoid. That’s why it’s best to avoid processed and packaged foods all together. It’s not just the amount of wheat we eat, it’s the components of wheat that can cause weight and health issues.
Nowadays 2 slices of whole wheat bread raises your blood sugar more than 2 tablespoons of sugar does. This is due to the high levels of starch and the sugar added to bread and foods with added wheat marketed as ‘whole grain’. Have you tried cutting bread out of your diet for a week to see how you feel? You may lose some weight.
So maybe now you are thinking to cut gluten out or reduce and try gluten-free. Be warned, it’s a jungle out there! If you go completely natural and whole food and ensure you buy uncontaminated food from reputable sources you should be able to avoid most of it but recent studies have confirmed that 50% of so-called gluten-free pizzas are contaminated with gluten and 30% of gluten-free restaurant food is too. Not only that, gluten-free replacement food is full of additives, fillers and sugar and is about as unhealthy a replacement you can get. I do not recommend them!
For those that do have a serious issue with gluten, it really does mean avoiding gluten and wheat at all costs. There are also some supplements out there that help you to digest gluten before it can have an impact on the body. The most important thing you can do to support your health, is avoid wheat and gluten and heal your gut so that it doesn’t become more serious, damage your immune system and, mess with your weight.