Recently, I’ve noticed some of our Fast Dallas Couriers eating a little…differently. Yeah, they’ve always eaten quickly. They’ve got places to go and people to see. But lately, I’ve seen them turn down some of my favorite foods. Pasta, cookies, and bread are a few food groups I see the Fast Dallas Couriers saying “no” to. What? Those aren’t food groups? Anyways, all I can say is those Fast Dallas Couriers are really changing things up, but why?
Turns out, many of our Fast Dallas Couriers and maybe a few people you know, too, have gone gluten-free. It sounds horrible to me, but apparently there are some real benefits to cutting gluten from your diet. In order to really understand why some people choose to go gluten-free, let’s start with a definition of gluten.
Gluten is a protein composite found in grains such as wheat, barley, and rye. Coming from the Latin word “glue”, this is a sort of rubbery, elastic compound that gives food its chewiness. It also helps the products rise and keep their shape.
The biggest reason why folks choose to go gluten free is because they suffer from an autoimmune disease called celiac. Patients with celiac disease are incredibly affected by gluten, in that when consumed, it causes the immune system to attack the lining of the small intestine. This is painful, but it also affects the small intestine’s ability to absorb nutrients. If gone untreated, it can cause severe fatigue, neurological issues, and other health problems. While celiac disease affects 1/133, nearly 18 million Americans suffer from non-celiac gluten sensitivity. This is a much more widespread disorder, and is another reason why many choose to go sans gluten. Some of our Fast Dallas Couriers do suffer from celiac or gluten sensitivity, but others choose to live a gluten-free lifestyle.
Those who do not have medical reasons to stay away from gluten do so because they feel it promotes a healthier lifestyle. The jury is still out on whether gluten-free really is healthy for those who don’t have to live without it. In fact, it can be difficult to get the recommended amounts of grains and iron if you are living gluten-free. Most doctors suggest the gluten-free lifestyle only for those patients who truly cannot process the protein in their diet.
In the meantime, some of the big-name food producers are cashing in on America’s newfound gluten freedom. For those who have gluten allergies, the world is becoming a much tastier place for you. Ask any restaurant to see the gluten-free options on the menu, and chances are they have quite a few. Check the labels of your favorite foods, and you may find that they will advertise if they are safe for celiac eaters. Entire bakeries devoted to gluten-free goodies are popping up here in the metroplex. (The Fast Dallas Couriers tell me these treats are delicious. I say, let me keep my gluten and my cupcakes.) Peruse the aisles of the grocery store and you just might find an entire section devoted to gluten free foods. There is even gluten free dog food! Remember, though! This lifestyle has quite a following, but it doesn’t make it right for everyone.
The bottom line: those who have to go gluten-free should do a little research and find out what foods are ok and what foods to stay away from. Those who don’t have to be gluten-free for medical reasons are probably better off watching their calorie intake and getting a variety of healthy, whole foods, including grains. Even if Gwyneth Paltro encourages you to consciously uncouple with your gluten.