If you’ve made the commitment to start eating only gluten free foods with your diet plan as you want to adopt this style of eating, it’s important that you make yourself aware of all the many benefits of using a diet of this nature.
Many people don’t quite know just how many benefits are to be had by going gluten-free, so let’s go over some of the four key points that you need to know.
1) Better Blood Sugar Control
The very first key benefit of eating gluten-free foods with your diet plan is optimal blood glucose control. Foods that are high in gluten are also very often high in simple sugars or refined flours, meaning that they’ll cause a rapid blood glucose spike followed by a crash shortly thereafter.
This can make maintaining good energy levels very difficult, so can really influence your overall quality of life.
2) Improved Hunger Management
Second, another big benefit of eating only gluten free foods is the impact it’ll have on your hunger. When you eat this style of diet, you’ll find hunger is much lower as your diet will primarily consist of lean proteins, fruits, vegetables, and nuts or seeds.
While you can add some complex carbs such as rice, quinoa, or millet, the bulk of the high-carb foods that tend to evoke hunger will be out of the picture, which helps you keep your hunger level lower at all times.
3) Less Abdominal Bloating
If you often find that you get very bloated after your meals, gluten could be the cause. Abdominal bloating is very common in those who are sensitive to gluten, so is something that can be very demotivating to your progress if you’ve been working hard.
You may be losing weight, but as soon as you eat a food high in gluten, it looks like you’ve gained five pounds back.
Despite the fact this is not actual body fat, it can still hamper your desire to move forwards with the diet plan.
4) Reduced Risk Of Diabetes
Finally, the last big benefit of adding plenty of gluten-free foods to your diet plan is the fact that doing so can help you ward off diabetes and other negative health conditions. Those who are eating a huge influx of refined flours or simple carbs will burn out their pancreas as it’s constantly having to secret insulin to control all this blood glucose.
Over time, your body may stop responding to the insulin properly, and that’s when full blown diabetes sets into the picture.
Small dietary changes can have a huge influence on being able to prevent diabetes down the road, so this is something that you absolutely must be paying attention to.
So there you have the primary benefits to note about eating gluten free foods. Remember to always read all the ingredient listings on any foods you plan to eat as in some cases, gluten can be ‘hiding’ in foods that you think would be gluten free.
Be extra careful and you can be sure that you enjoy all gluten free foods as part of your regular diet plan.[stextbox id=”grey” caption=”About the Author”]Shannon Clark holds a degree in Exercise Science from the University of Alberta, where she specialized in Sports Performance and Psychology. In addition to her degree, she is an AFLCA certified personal trainer and has been working in the field for over 8 years now.[/stextbox]