Could a Gluten Free Diet be Right For You?
Did you know that the entire Urban Kitchens range is certified as gluten free? While that’s great news for those with an intolerance, those of you who can eat gluten may not realise how many benefits this offers you.
So why should you make the choice to go gluten free? There’s some evidence to suggest that it leads to a healthier you, such as all of the below.
You’ll find that many processed foods also contain a lot of gluten. Processed foods are also loaded with trans fats, and other saturated fats. These play a role in bumping up your cholesterol levels, which can lead to heart disease and several other medical conditions.
Making the choice to go gluten free also means that you make the decision to avoid these processed foods. You’ll have to eat more natural and fresh foods to ensure you supply your body with the nutrients it needs. Furthermore, manufacturers of foods that carry the gluten free label tend to take more care in their production than regular processed food manufacturers. As a result, you enjoy a healthier diet, even if you don’t solely eat fresh foods.
Expanding Your Diet
As alluded to above, going gluten free means that you have to put more thought into your food choices. You can’t just pick any old item up off the shelf and assume that it’s okay.
Instead, you have to look more carefully and consider your dietary choices. For most, this means they also learn more about the nutritional content of their food.
Going gluten-free may be the spur that you need to start planning out your daily meals. Those of you who are looking to lose weight, or just want to benefit from the effects of a healthier diet, may find that going gluten free motivates you to learn more about food.
Improving Your Immune System
Again, this is another side-effect of going gluten free, rather than a direct benefit. Because you’re eating fresher and healthier foods as part of your new diet, you’re also consuming foods that are rich in antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins.
Eating more minerals and vitamins has obvious benefits, as your body needs them to function properly and provide you with the energy you need to get through the day. However, antioxidants are also important. They prevent the spread of free radicals, which contribute to all sorts of issues. Going gluten free may make you less susceptible to the signs of ageing, and may also improve your heart’s health.
It Helps with IBS
While many point to Celiac disease as the main medical condition associated with gluten, many also believe that a gluten-rich diet also causes Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) to flare up.
Avoiding gluten may improve your digestive function, which means IBS is less of a problem. You may also have some trigger foods that cause your IBS to worsen, which going gluten free can help you to avoid.
Do you want to get started on your gluten free journey? Why not try one of Urban Kitchen’s gorgeous soups to discover that you can still eat well, even if you don’t eat gluten.