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6 Reasons to Go Wheat-Free (At Least For a Bit)

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6 Reasons to Go Wheat-Free (At Least For a Bit)

By Sara Novak, Planet Green

Food trends come and go. One moment weíre shunning fats and the next weíre drinking flax oil down by the spoonful. One moment carbs are low fat and the next we’re removing the bun from our burger. Itís rather hard to keep up. But then there are some diets that seem to have a little more traction, and more importantly, have motivations beyond just weight loss.

Just today a Facebook friend proclaimed that she had gone wheat-free for a month and had never felt better. Last week in a yoga class the girl one mat over explained that since giving up gluten she felt the weight of depression lift. While there have yet to be enough studies to back up such claims, holistic practitioners say itís a diet thatís working in a big way.

Why are we giving up wheat? What are the benefits?

1. Celiac Disease

This is by far the most studied reaction to wheat. Wheat has gluten in it and those with Celiac Disease have a severe intolerance to gluten. Much of the early popularity stemmed from doctors beginning to diagnose Celiac Disease, an illness that damages the lining of the small intestine and prevents the absorption of nutrients in the body. Celiac Disease affects 1 out of 133 people and even still 97 percent of people with Celiac Disease go undiagnosed, according to Eco Salon.

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2:58AM PDT on Sep 15, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

10:32AM PDT on Jul 27, 2013

Thanks

9:03PM PDT on Jun 2, 2013

thank you for the information, bought 7 grain wheat bread. thought wheat was good

6:42AM PDT on Mar 19, 2013

For our health

2:20AM PDT on Jun 30, 2012

Thank you!

2:20AM PDT on Jun 30, 2012

Thank you!

8:29AM PDT on Oct 12, 2011

went low carb for a month and dropped 20 lbs, got rid of my fliud retention, bloat, heart burn, cravings etc. started cheating and kablowie.... guess who's going back low carb

3:33AM PDT on Sep 30, 2011

noted

9:31PM PDT on Sep 15, 2011

Thanks for the inormation.

9:03AM PDT on Sep 14, 2011

I live in FL and have allergy problems. When I cut out all wheat gluten, my stuffiness began to clear up. I also cut out dairy products. When I was tested all food products, all
turned up negative. I'm supposedly only allergic to dust and dust mites.

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