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Is a Gluten Free Diet Right for You?

Jul 20, 2016|By Marta Oddone
Have you ever wondered whether a gluten free diet is right for you? If so, you’re one of many! Living in a world of ever-changing fad diets and lifestyle choices, it can be very difficult to find a suitable food regime. Luckily, we’re here to make that decision a little easier for you.

Celiac Disease vs. Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity

About 1% of the population in America suffers from celiac disease, a serious genetic autoimmune disease that affects your body’s ability to absorb nutrients from food. However, a gluten sensitivity is a much more common diagnosis that is causing many people to adopt a gluten free diet. According to the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, as many as 1 in 7 Americans may have non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS), or about 6 times the amount who have celiac disease.

Gluten has been found to be the cause of numerous mental and physical health problems. Do you suffer from depression or anxiety? Perhaps you’re constantly fatigued or irritable? Or maybe you experience frequent joint pain or swelling? If any of these symptoms sound familiar, you may have a gluten sensitivity, and a opting for a gluten free diet might make a big difference in your overall well being.

Health Benefits of Going Gluten Free

Although this diet is sometimes stereotyped as being bland and highly restrictive, many people have still chosen to go gluten free even if they do not have a gluten sensitivity or allergy. This is because there are several health benefits to cutting out foods that contain gluten, including many processed foods containing wheat, barley, rye and derivatives of these grains. When you eliminate foods like bread, pasta, pretzels, cookies, cakes, and crackers, you will feel more energized, less bloated, and it may even help clear up any skin issues you might have.

We are happy to provide thousands of delicious food choices that fit a gluten free lifestyle, from protein bars to popcorn to wheat-flour alternatives for baking–you can find it all at Direct Eats. We carry all your favorite gluten free brands – Crunch Master, Glutino, Shar, and more, plus a great selection of gluten-free food makers from across the U.S. like The Funky Muffin and Bona Dea gluten free baking mixes.

So if you’re looking for a diet that will satisfy both your health needs and food cravings, look no further. You may have to say goodbye to gluten, but not to all of your favorite foods!

Check out the infographic below to learn more about how a gluten sensitivity can affect your body and overall health.

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