Gluten intolerance is not the same as coeliac disease. Someone with gluten intolerance doesn’t suffer symptoms right away which indicates that their problems are not directly related to this disease.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner. At all hours of the day we eat foods that contain grains, such as bread, pastries, or pasta, since it allows us to prepare something quick and satisfying. Yet this abuse is not only unhealthy, it also promotes weight gain.
In this article, we’ll discuss how you can easily lose weight and benefit your overall health if you cut down on grains in your diet.
We eat too many grains
A balanced diet requires a proportional amount of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. Carbohydrates include fruits, vegetables, starches, and cereals. The problem is we abuse cereals, specifically its grains, and we eat very few vegetables. Throughout the day, we mainly eat bread, pizza, pasta, bizcocho, and all sorts of pastries.
Why do grains make us gain weight?
Our body really does need cereals, since they provide long-lasting energy, especially if they are whole grains. The problem arises when we eat grains in excess or at night, as this energy is not used and accumulates in the form of fat deposits.
Most grains come from cereals with gluten, such as wheat, oatmeal, rye, spelt, etc., although they don’t all contain the same amount. On the other hand, others such as rice, corn, or saracen grains don’t contain gluten.
Nowadays many people suffer from a certain amount of gluten intolerance, but this is not the same as a gluten allergy or coeliac disease. A coeliac person suffers an immediate allergic reaction, whereas someone who has a gluten intolerance does not experience symptoms right away, but rather suffers over time from problems that aren’t usually related with this disease. In this case the food doesn’t digest properly, which can create issues such as weight problems. When people that are gluten intolerant eliminate gluten from their diets, they quickly notice a change and easily regulate their weight.
Other symptoms of gluten intolerance:
- Recurring constipation and diarrhea
- Poor digestion
- Skin problems such as keratosis pillars
- Menstrual problems
- Obesity and weight loss
If you suspect that you suffer from gluten intolerance you should consult a doctor, which will likely recommend the necessary tests to verify this.
Ideas to reduce grains
- There are kitchen appliances that allow you to make vegetable spaghetti, with ingredients like zucchini. With this appliance, you can convert a plain plate of vegetables into a false but delicious plate of pasta, seasoning with tomato, cheese, and oregano.
- It is surprising how many options vegetables provide while making biscuits. Did you know you can make a delicious vegetable and chocolate biscuit? You can do this by substituting flour with vegetable flour or cooked and blended vegetables. The result will surprise the whole family.
- People with a gluten intolerance also notice huge benefits if they completely eliminate gluten and substitute it with other gluten-free flours such as rice, corn, or garbanzo. These flours can be used the same way to prepare things like bread, biscuits, pizzas, crepes, etc.
- Bread is the hardest thing to replace, since it is the base of the diet in many cultures. You can start by reducing the quantity, and little by little you can substitute it with other similar foods with less flour such as rice or corn patties. You can also learn to make grain-based toast (sage, flax, and sunflower). Grind the seeds, mix them in a little water to make a paste, and bake in a dish at 120 degrees for 30 minutes until it is a crunchy texture.
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