Allergic to gluten-based products? Well, you aren’t alone. There are many people who are allergic to gluten-based products. Fitness and nutrition professional, Rohit Shelatkar says, “This usually happens when our bodies don’t absorb nutrients properly, leading to serious health problems such as osteoporosis anaemia and vitamin D deficiency. Individuals who suffer from such conditions might develop an allergic reaction to gluten food items and may hence opt for a gluten-free diet.”

Experts however state that there has to be some level of caution while opting for such a diet. “Gluten-containing whole grains, have healthy amounts fibre and nutrients including B vitamins, magnesium, and iron. Hence, if an individual opts for a gluten-free diet, then it is important to make up for these missing nutrients,” explains Rohit.

Along with consuming naturally gluten-free grains like quinoa, brown or red rice, buckwheat, millet, corn, etc. in their whole form, it is extremely important to add fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, fish, eggs, and poultry to the diet for a wholesome meal say experts.

Clinical nutritionist Nupur Krishnan adds, “A diet that is plant-based and balanced is good enough. One should include a lot of foods that are sourced from plants as these can provide nourishment and are healthy for the body. This kind of diet can actually give you all the amino acids that are required by your body.”

WHAT IS GLUTEN AND WHAT DOES IT DO?

Gluten is the general name for a group of proteins found in grains such as wheat, rye, and barley. “This protein acts like a glue or binder that helps hold these foods together. Many studies have linked whole grain consumption with improved health outcomes like lower rates of heart disease and stroke, avoiding type 2 diabetes and early deaths. Gluten may also act as a prebiotic, which is a type of dietary fiber that feeds the friendly bacteria in your gut,” shares Rohit.

Dealing with gluten-sensitivity – Times of India

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