Mar 18 2011

Christine Avanti on gluten-free they work? Are they healthy?

What’s the Story with Gluten Free Diets?


Blame Hollywood.  In 2009 svelte starlet Gwyneth Paltrow blogged about her gluten-free Detox, which caused celeb followers to root out gluten in hopes of transforming their bodies.  


Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye.  So a gluten free diet means no bread, no cereal, no pasta, no beer, and no soy sauce (unless they are specifically made “gluten free”).  Because of this new trend the gluten free market is now worth several billion dollars and has increased by 17% in the past 2 years.  


Before this g-free diet trend hit the scene, only a few people were eating a g-free diet, those diagnosed with celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder that makes it difficult to digest gluten.  According to a recent study in the Annals of Medicine, more and more people are being diagnosed with celiac (1 in 133 people).  In celiac suffers, gluten causes damage in the lining of the small intestine, causing gas, bloating, diarrhea and headaches.  


If you have intolerance to gluten, you would be best to avoid it.  However, if you have decided to avoid gluten to transform your body, be warned that avoiding gluten on a regular basis can cause a vitamin B deficiency, because wheat is rich in thiamine and other Bs.  

Listen here to what Christine had to say.


Here is a super mega delicious gluten free recipe from celeb chef and nutritionist Christine Avanti.   


Cilantro Lime Shrimp over Rice Noodles




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