Every now and then, I end up in a discussion surrounding gluten – the big bad wolf that is making a lot of people fat, lethargic, puffy, foggy-brained, always hungry, brings stomach pains, you name it.
Here’s the thing. The prevalence of Celiac disease in the US is less than 1%. The prevalence of non-celiac glutenÂ sensitivity (NCGS) is still unknown (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3820047/), but studies show that 30% of Americans would like less gluten in their diets. Simply walking through my local Loblaw’s confirms this, as the number of gluten-free products continue to climb and the “health food” aisle grows with it.
It’s simple. Most people point the finger at gluten because after eliminating all the processed carbohydrates they were shoving their face with, their body feels lighter, tighter, and better. In most cases, it’s NOT GLUTEN that’s making them fat and lethargic, it’s the copious amounts of shitty food they’re eating. Pasta, bread, crackers, tortillas, beer,Â have been around for YEARRRRS with half the world consumingÂ it as a regular part of their diet. If it’s supposed to make people sick, how come we’re only now seeing gluten-free products exploding?
Gluten is not the enemy, it’s America’s inability to practice some goddamn portion control that’s making them fat. Most people never have to avoid gluten or dairy or fruits or even sugary cereals as long as moderation is practiced. It’s easier said than done, but we really need to stop finding excuses to be fat.
Extreme lifestyle dietsÂ like paleo, gluten free, low carb, low fat, keto, IF, vegan, is not optimal for the body because it eliminates entire food groups. I don’t believe you can achieve optimal health this way. There is no scientific justification to go vegan because it’s healthier than eating meat, for example. None at all.
I will never say that one way of eating is better than another, because all of these are tools that you have the freedom to use to find out what works for YOU. Take your health into your own hands by doing a little research, conducting some trial and error, and becoming the badass you know you are.
And enjoy pasta once in a while.