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Gluten-free diet

Malnourishment, with limited access to fruits, vegetables, and wheat, was common all over Europe during World War II. As a result, most people’s health worsened. While those with celiac disease improved from this diet.  Dutch paediatrician Dr. Willem-Karel Dicke observed that fewer children with celiac disease were suffering symptoms during wartime and the mortality level decreased. After the war the mortality went back up to the pre-war times.  It made it easier for researchers to find out what food was creating celiac disease symptoms, as the main commodity that was missing during the war was wheat.In 1941, Dicke published a paper about his clinical observations and the effects that a wheat-free diet had on his patients. Thereafter, the medical community began linking gluten to celiac disease symptoms. Further researches confirmed the correlation between gluten and celiac disease.  Nowadays, not only people with celiac disease are on gluten free diet, but those who want to lose weight too.

Going gluten-free and eliminating wheat may cause you to become deficient in the micronutrients – vitamins and minerals – that would be delivered in wheat. In studies, gluten-free diets have been found to fall short in vitamins A & D, all the B vitamins, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and zinc. The good news is that these deficiencies can easily be replenished through a well-formulated multivitamin. Fortunately, there are now a great range of alternative gluten free products available. This will enable you to make the transition from a wheat-based diet to gluten free diet easily without sacrificing good nutrition or enjoyment of food. Specialty gluten free products include gluten free pasta, breakfast cereals, breads, crispbreads, sweet biscuits and many others. The health food section of supermarkets, health food stores and other specialty outlets will stock a variable range of gluten free foods.The major aim of gluten-free diet is to treat celiac disease.

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Gluten Free Diet benefits includes improving energy level, help with managing autism, promotes weight loss, allows for improved absorption of nutrients, decreases cancer risk, improves immunity, reduces arthritic flare ups, reduces the risk of heart related diseases and stroke, reduces symptoms of celiac disease, reduces allergies and improves fertility. Moreover, gluten-free diet helps with autism management. According to “common treatment modalities include medication and specialized social therapy, though research has now found that removal of gluten from the diet also does a big part in reducing associated symptoms of autism, such as ADHD and other behavioural disorders.” Historically, the gluten-free diet were made up for people with celiac disease. Celiac disease is a condition characterized by excessive immune response to gluten, causing inflammation in the small intestine and the inability to properly assimilate nutrients. Celiac disease often occurs with Crohn’s disease, causing bleeding and discomfort as well. Gluten free diets reduce symptoms significantly, and can help offset nutritional deficiencies and overall discomfort.


Gluten-free diet

Pears - 3 piecesHoney - 1 ts on every half of a pearCinnamon - by tasteAny nuts - by taste1. Wash pears and halve them. 2. Take out seeds.3. Put honey, cinnamon and nuts on every half.4. Put into the oven for 20 mins (150C)


Personally, I would never go on any kind of diets without consulting a doctor and I would never encourage my friends or family to do so. The only exception is a healthy diet, where you cut off obviously unhealthy food like chips or burgers from a fast-food. Although there are plenty of resources when you can find out about a gluten-free diet, some of them are controversial. While one author claims that cutting off gluten is great for a healthy person, others disagree with that statement and claim that it is okay to eat gluten in small portions without overindulgence and that cutting it off may cause a lack of some vitamins. Also, such scientists say that if you love, for example, pasta, you can have it sometimes. Moreover, it’s better to buy regular one, than gluten-free. However it is obvious that people with some health problems and illnesses like celiac disease are obliged to follow this diet in order to feel better.



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