Not many years ago, learning about a person on a gluten-free diet was rare, but recently there has been a huge volume of people allergic to gluten or individuals giving it up for other health reason such as autism or weight loss. Gluten-free means not eating wheat, barley, rye, and sometimes oats. Such a diet is life changing for the person on a diet, and perhaps even the person who has to plan the menu. If your doctor has not given the order to change your diet, do not do so without speaking to him first.
Gluten-free diet benefits
Although this diet can be helpful especially for those with medical or allergy reasons, it does reduce the number of certain nutrients coming into the body that is essential for life. It is important for those on gluten-free diets to bring these nutrients into the body by some other food source. Fruits and vegetables can provide these nutrients, but there are a variety of grains or pseudo-grains available that can also supplement these nutrients when trying to lose weight. The nutrients lost are often Iron, Calcium, fiber, Folic Acid, Niacin, Riboflavin, and Thiamine.
Amaranth, Quinoa, Teff, and Millet are all high in protein. Amaranth is also high in amino acids. Millet is also high in B vitamins, calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, and zinc. Quinoa also has balanced amino acids. Rice has fiber as well as a variety of vitamins. Teff also contains calcium, starch, and dietary fiber. Corn is another grain that is great for use in baking and cooking for those on a gluten-free diet.
It takes a lot of work to follow such a diet, not to mention hard work to cook for someone who is. Luckily, for those with these issues, there is so much literature and even cookbooks on this topic. Find a good cookbook, and look for the above ingredients in a natural foods store. Often large grocery stores even carry a variety of whole or fresh grains. The key to being on a gluten-free diet is that it is what your body needs. If this is the case, then giving up those other grains will be well worth it. In no time, you will adjust to the new flavors of a gluten-free diet. As you learn how to use these grains in your diet, you will be able to help others with the same issues and give more insight into the uses of these gluten-free grains. Just remember, a gluten-free diet is not a fad diet. It must be discussed with your doctor before starting the adventure.