Like me, you may be sick of the different news and even confused. Today this is good for us, tomorrow the same thing is bad for us. I however still like to know what is being said about my food. I also like to do my own self-experiments to see how different foods are affecting me.
With that said, please continue to read so that you, like myself, will know the latest news about a gluten-free diet. We will look at the research and decide for ourselves, especially after reading some more research.
What is Gluten?
Before we look at the research, let us at least look at defining gluten. Gluten is actually a protein found in plant-based foods such as barley and wheat.
Gluten acts like a glue which holds the food together and gives it the puffy look we get when we bake bread and other pastries.
Why are we Becoming Sick?
The researchers are now saying that we are becoming ill because a number of us removed gluten from our diets. Yes, it is now being said that a gluten-free diet is one reason some of us are suffering from diabetes.
The Celiac Disease Connection
Let me hasten to add that the gluten story started some years ago when it was discovered that people suffering from Celiac Disease were gluten intolerant. This means that they got ill whenever they ate foods with gluten.
The Case for Fibre
When a food is gluten-free, it meant that it was also low in fiber. Yes, your antennas are up at this moment, because by now you are well aware of the fact that we need foods rich in fiber in order to be healthy.
This does not exclude diabetics. We have seen through the years that those of us who are diabetic can significantly reduce our blood sugar when we consume fiber-rich foods.
Some high fiber foods which help me to lower my blood sugar, lose weight and be generally more healthy are:
- All fruits
- All vegetables, especially green, leafy vegetables
- Green bananas
- Sweet potatoes
The above information also reminds me of an article I did recently which encourages us to eat mainly plant-based protein foods in order to reduce the risk of becoming diabetic. Here is the article about plant-based proteins and diabetes.
Some More from the Research
Please see below for some facts from the research:
- 199,794 people were in the study.
- Three (3) long-term studies were done.
- The participants answered questionnaires about their gluten consumption.
- The participants ate less than 12 grams per day.
- The study lasted about 30 years for each participant.
- 15, 947 people were discovered with type 2 diabetes.
- Those who consumed more gluten per day reduced their risk of becoming diabetic.
- This was an observational study and so more research is required.
Be Informed and Listen to Your Body
I always encourage my readers to be informed by reading the news and knowing what the latest research is saying about our food and health. I also encourage you to pay attention to your health.
What is your body communicating when you eat certain foods? I like to test my blood pressure and blood sugar at home and I do so several times throughout the day, especially when I am self-experimenting.
I pay attention to weight gain, feeling bloated, having a stomach burn, just about anything my body communicates. I also ensure that I do an annual executive medical to see what is happening with my cholesterol, blood sugar, pressure, liver, etc.
This gives me valuable information about my body and my overall health, especially those that I cannot test at home.
Some gluten-rich foods are:
- Wheat germ
Let us continue the struggle to rid our lives of diabetes by consuming fiber-rich foods and to lead a more active lifestyle. In the event you are interested in receiving updates and free e-books from us, then please go ahead and complete the form below.
- Andre, Devon. “Gluten-free Diets May Be Linked to Type 2 Diabetes.” Bel Marra Health: Doctor Formulated Supplements. BelMarraHealth, 2017. Web. 27 Apr. 2017.