Gluten-free diet – fad or nutrition miracle? Best Recipes to Try at Home Emmanuella January 9, 2015 MESSHealth, Nutrition A gluten free diet is primarily used to treat celiac disease, its a diet that excludes the protein gluten which is found in grains such as wheat, barley, rye and a cross between wheat and rye called triticale. Gluten causes inflammation in the small intestines of people with celiac disease, so eating a gluten free diet helps people with celiac disease control their signs and symptoms and prevent complications. Strawberry Smoothie with Goji Berries and Almond Milk Grilled Tofu with Avocado and Tomatoes Chickpea with Zucchini, Parsley and Cucumber For people who cant tolerate gluten this abundance is a blessing, but lately it has become hip, on trend to go gluten free. People have been switching to gluten free diets to lose weight, boost energy, treat autism or generally feel healthier. Dr Leffler an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School discourages people without a gluten sensitivity to go on a gluten free diet, saying ” People who are sensitive to gluten may feel better, but a larger portion will derive no significant benefit from the practise. They’ll simply waste their money, because these products are expensive”. Kale Salad with White Bean, Avocado and Chia Seeds Going gluten free is more than just giving up the carbs as it is a big change, and like anything new, it takes some getting used to and this is because gluten also lurks in many other products including frozen vegetables in sauces, medication and even toothpaste. You may initially feel deprived bye the diet’s restrictions, especially if you weren’t having troubling systems to begin with. Gluten-Free Apple Cake (Millet, Rice and Hemp Flour Mix) If you are interested in starting a gluten free diet, its a good idea to consult a dietician who can your questions and offer advice about how to avoid gluten while eating a healthy, balanced meal. Going to visit a doctor also is a good idea just to make sure you are fit and healthy enough to start a gluten free diet.