The human race was not evolved to eat gluten, yet we don’t hesitate from breaking a bread. Have a look at the risks of eating bread, cakes, and other wheat products.
Gluen-free has taken the world by storm. Many celebrities endorse this kind of diet which helped it gain popularity. Several books were written to show how gluten damages your health. In a popular book by Dr. David Perlmutter, “Grain Brain”, The New York Times Best Seller by this neurologist reveals how processed grains can trigger many neurological disorder and worsen dementia.
Celiac disease is one of the most popular disorder which is caused by a severe gastrointestinal reaction to gluten. Physicians are getting to know that there are many more health issues with gluten intolerance or sensitivity.
Foods with Gluten
Gluten is a protein which is made up of two molecules, glutenin and gliadin. They form an elastic bond in presence of water. The foods rich in gluten are:
f. Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein (HVP)
g. Texturized Vegetable Protein (TVP)
h. Natural flavoring
How Gluten Can Damage Your Health
The origin of the word, gluten, is from Latin word for glue. The adhesive properties of gluten hold bread and cakes together. Extra gluten are added to breads and cakes to make them extra spongy.
These binding properties of gluten interfere with the breakdown and absorption of nutrients in our body. This binding property also glues food together creating a lump and causing constipation.
The undigested gluten manipulates your immune system to attack the lining of your small intestine. It causes symptoms like diarrhea, constipation, nausea, and abdominal pain. Over time, it damages and inflames the small intestine and can lead to malabsorption of nutrients causing nutrient deficiencies, anemia, osteoporosis and other health issues. These conditions can be observed with symptoms that are gastrointestinal in nature, neurological and psychological problems, problems with skin, liver, joints, nervous system and many more.
Another serious health issue, Celiac disease, is also connected to autoimmunity. If you’ve been diagnosed with Celiac’s after an age of 20, your chances of developing any autoimmune condition can go high from 3.5-34%. If undiagnosed, it can increase premature death by four-folds.
According to many dietitians, the human race did not evolve to eat gluten, and hence they cannot digest it properly. The gut sees gluten as a foreign invader and activates your immune system against it. Where most people can eat gluten without any serious health complications, people with autoimmune diseases are particularly at risk.
A team of researchers found that gluten can stimulate zonulin in your gut, a protein molecule which triggers and opens junctures between the cells in your gut lining. By this, food particles can escape into your bloodstream, causing inflammation, immune reactions, and raising your risk to be prone to many autoimmune diseases. This is known as leaky gut syndrome.
In order to find if you are intolerant towards this nasty protein molecule, you need not eat many loafs of bread. Check with your doctor and speak about the difficulties you face after you eat breads, cakes, or pizzas. Don’t count constipation out from the list.