Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye and barley.
A small percentage of the population can’t tolerate gluten because of Coeliac disease or gluten sensitivity, but gluten-free diets have become popular for people without these conditions.
Following a gluten-free diet can increase your risk of contracting type-2 diabetes, a massive new US study has found.
Research led by Harvard University indicates that people who eat more gluten have less chance of developing the disease, and vice-versa. The Australian 3:30AM March 10, 2017
Nutritionist Rosemary Stanton said the gluten-free fad had been fostered by endorsements from movie stars and other celebrities. “It becomes a fashion,” she said. “If people have doubts about their diet, the best thing they could do is go and see a registered dietician and sort out what they need to eat. Instead, they self-diagnose.”
A review published in the Medical Journal of Australia today September 5, 2017 has revealed only a small proportion of Australians who claim to feel unwell after eating gluten are likely to be truly sensitive to gluten or wheat. Coeliac disease is now estimated to affect up to one in 100 Australians, but a recent national survey found a further 7.3 per cent of the population monitor and limit their intake of gluten despite having no formal diagnosis of the disease. Australian researchers found only 16 per cent of people who self-reported gluten sensitivity had reproducible symptoms when they did not know if they were being given wheat or a placebo.
Known as non-coeliac gluten or wheat sensitivity (NCG/WS), reported symptoms include bloating, headaches or tiredness after the consumption of a gluten product.
“Identification of NCG/WS is important as gluten-free diets carry risks, are socially restricting and are costlier than regular diets,” they said.
After a rapid growth in the global gluten-free market, the current estimated market value is more than $6 billion in the US alone.
If you’re determined to go gluten free, it’s important to know that it can set you up for some nutritional deficiencies. Fortified breads and cereals have become a major source of B vitamins in the United States. Although breads made with white rice, tapioca, and other gluten-free flours are becoming more common, they are generally not fortified with vitamins. This can be a problem for anyone, but it’s especially worrisome for women who are pregnant or may become pregnant. They need vitamin B9, more commonly known as folate or folic acid, to prevent birth defects. Taking a gluten-free multivitamin-multimineral supplement is a good idea for anyone trying to avoid gluten. Harvard health publishing UPDATED NOVEMBER 28, 2016
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Veganism: "a philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose."
Vegan Australia state: To be healthy we must all make sure we are consuming the right balance of nutrients. Your diet should be rich in whole foods such as fruits, vegetables, grains, beans, nuts and seeds, eating as much variety as possible. Getting adequate nutrients to sustain our body is something we should all be aware of. While on average vegans live longer than others, we still have to make an effort to eat healthily. If you eat a wide variety of whole foods, you will cover nearly all nutrients your body requires.
Many people worry about getting enough protein on a vegan diet but in fact it is easy for a vegan diet to meet recommendations for protein, as long as calorie intake is adequate. Vegans can get all the protein they need from vegetables, lentils, tofu, beans, nuts and seeds and many other plant foods. It is important to eat a varied diet throughout the day.
Rhyme St found a great article on egg replacement .. see below:
Egg substitute guide for vegan cooking 20 JUN 2016
Lancey Morris from SweetLancey.com has supplied this easy egg substitute guide for vegan cooking. She writes "The world of vegan food is growing bigger every day, and I'm regularly finding new ways to veganise my favourite meals. When it comes to eggs, there are multiple options for the vegan cook, but it's important to know which substitute is best suited to your purpose. This guide gives you some of the most common options for egg substitutes, with a description of their purpose and the kinds of recipes that would work best with them."
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