Going gluten-free might be difficult at first, bread and baked foods are comforting and, let's face it, tasty. Yet gluten-free diets seem to be thriving and they have been turning trendier every day, but are there any side effects to cutting off gluten for good?
If you are celiac, you have no choice but to go gluten-free, and as gluten is one of the top inflammatory foods for your gut, it is also recommended if you struggle with inflammation to do without gluten. But what if you stopped having gluten as a dietary choice?
Benefits and side effects of following a gluten-free diet
What to expect as soon as you quit gluten
You might experience some withdrawal symptoms such as headaches, fatigue, and irritability on the first days of going gluten-free. And less or no consumption of gluten can lead to poor fiber and protein intake, especially if you are on a vegan diet.
It is also a good idea to stay away from gluten-free processed snacks because they are high in fat, sugar, and calories and end up contributing to weight gain.
It is true that reducing your gluten consumption can improve your energy levels, eliminate bloating and improve your skin.
The key to any diet is balance, if you are not gluten-intolerant or celiac, it is important to include moderate portions of all foods to avoid suffering from any nutritional deficiency. That being said, you can definitely include gluten-free foods in your diet.