{Mini Series Gluten} Super diet or wellness inside? What is really behind this diet trend "gluten-free" and what we can expect.

T ITEM 1: Gluten-free diets have become a real trend topic lately. In the supermarket shelves you will find more and more products that are gluten-free and have a special labeling. Gluten-free recipes enter the cooking magazines and relevant blogs. American superstars are saying that thanks to this special diet, they've just lost double-digit weight. And for the skin it should give the very best effects. Somehow you hardly get past the topic. But what's really up to this gluten? Is it worthwhile to abstain from gluten in the food or is it all humbug to draw as much money from the consumer's pocket as possible? I took a closer look.

What is gluten, what is it good for and what can it mean for our diet?

As so often, my search for neutral information first led to Wikipedia:

"gluten [gluteːn] [1] (from lat. glūten [2]" glue "), glue or gluten, is a collective term for a mixture of proteins, the in Seeds of some types of cereals occur. When water is added to cornmeal, gluten when pasted from the flour forms a gummy and elastic mass, namely the dough. The glue has a central importance for the baking properties of a flour. Gluten components, however, can lead to gluten sensitivity or celiac disease in people with appropriate predisposition, an inflammatory disease of the intestinal mucosa with far-reaching health consequences. "

After wellness, healthy lifestyle or weight loss sounds nothing here. Instead, you have arrived pretty quickly at a serious illness: celiac disease. Gluten sensitivity also sounds less like a wellness walk, rather than a serious matter. Gluten is therefore above all a topic for people who do not tolerate the gluten-proofing and therefore suffer from severe impairments. I keep researching and spend the next lesson getting to know the different forms of gluten intolerance, symptoms and forms of diagnosis.

Gluten intolerance and symptoms

Basically can be distinguished in connection with gluten intolerance three diagnoses: wheat allergy, celiac disease (the inflammation of the intestinal mucosa) and gluten sensitivity. The symptoms of the three diseases are manifold: nausea, flatulence and discomfort, skin rashes, itching and tingling, as well as shortness of breath, mood swings, but also severe diarrhea, migraine, changes in the blood count or even growth disorders in children are observed. The symptoms often remain diffuse at first and are sometimes associated with other diseases.

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Compared to a wheat allergy and celiac disease, which can be positively detected by diagnostic procedures at the doctor or in clinics, gluten sensitivity can only be determined by a so-called exclusion diagnosis. First, a wheat allergy and a celiac disease are excluded, and then begin with a phase of gluten-free diet.In addition, all products that have even the smallest components or extracts of cereals on the ingredient list are not suitable. This applies to all types of bread and pastries as well as to pizza, pasta, sauces, sweets, many convenience products, spice mixes and ready meals, to delicatessen salads, cheese preparations, sausages and beer.

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Fruit and vegetables, on the other hand, are gluten-free and can be eaten as risk-free as milk, cheese, meat, fish , Legumes and oils and fats. But you do not have to do without cereals completely: corn, rice, buckwheat and millet are also gluten-free. In addition, various manufacturers offer an ever-expanding range of gluten-free products such as noodles, baked goods of all kinds, baking mixes, flours, Knabberkram and even ready meals such as pizza.

What makes a gluten-free food for people who Do not suffer from gluten intolerance?

A gluten-free diet is certainly not harmful - especially if you resort to fresh food and prepare it yourself. But for people without gluten intolerance, it is quite nonsensical to buy only special gluten-free products and completely change their diet. In comparison, this is roughly as if people without diabetes were eating only specially produced foods for people with diabetes. In addition, gluten-free products are more expensive than foods with gluten and do not

automatically provide positive effects such as weight reduction or an improvement in the general condition. Weight loss in many cases does not depend on avoiding gluten, but on a more conscious diet. People who do not eat normal grain food usually consume much less fat, carbohydrates and sugar, as they dispense convenience foods or fast food and even cook more.

Gluten-free diet is certainly not a hipper Lifestyle or miracle measure to lose weight, but rather a much needed and also strenuous diet in case of dysfunction or disease of the body. Only by consistently changing the lifestyle and strict avoidance of gluten-containing foods, can the disease symptoms in affected people get under control and avert worsening.

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You can find more information about gluten intolerance, for example, on the page Gluten intolerance, at the German Celiac Society or at the German Society for Nutrition

I learned in an interview with a person affected how people with gluten intolerance even feel how they deal with their illness and how they shape their everyday lives. More in the next post.

Info: The mini-series is supported by Dr. Schär , the gluten-free diet specialist.