Trying to eat Gluten-Free? Meet your best friend, Nima
If you were a kid of the 80's, there is a good chance you ate a lot of bread....and, it was probably white bread. We had it for breakfast sometimes, almost always had it as part of our school lunch and probably also ate it over the weekend. Whether it was the classic PB&J sandwich, wrapped around a hotdog or grilled with a piece of cheese in the middle, bread was part of almost every meal.
Having had issues with my stomach for most of my life, I finally decided to cut "bread" out of my life. To be clear, I did not go "Gluten-Free", but rather cut out all bread and pasta from my diet (even the GF type). I still use condiments and other things that likely contain gluten. As a replacement, I upped my fruit, vegetable and nut intake, along with lean meats.
The result? After a month, my stomach issues have gotten better, and I dropped a few pounds, so I guess it is working.
If you are Celiac, being GF is not a choice
For most people who follow the Gluten-free diet, they are doing so out of choice, as they feel that it is a healthier lifestyle choice. Personally, I have no idea if that is true. However, for millions around the world, avoiding gluten is not something trendy, it is a matter of health, or for some, even life and death.
If you are suffering from Celiac disease, you quickly become an expert on what contains gluten and what does not. This means that you have to be careful about your choice of lipstick, condiments and even for some, if the capsule that contains your medicine has a hint of Gluten.
Our friends at 6Sensor labs are here to help....Meet Nima (nimasensor.com), your new BFF in the fight against Gluten. Nima is a portable analyzer that allows someone to test the level of Gluten in their food, often in as little as 2 minutes. It gives a simple happy face if the food meets the specification of having less than 20 ppm of gluten.
The Bottom Line
Is the trend towards Gluten-free eating way overblown by most? Absolutely. If you don't suffer from an illness that reacts badly to Gluten, going Gluten-free may not be healthier for you at all. I say "may not be" as the real factor is what you are replacing it with. If you are replacing Wonder bread with a version that is high in sugar/calories, you probably are not any better off....however, if you grab an Apple and yogurt instead of bread, then it is likely a good move. Ah, Gluten and Saturday morning cartoons....brings me back to my childhood, I was sorry to see you go my friend, Bread...