In recent years, more and more people have become conscious of the food they eat and how it affects their bodies. One of the most popular dietary restrictions is going gluten-free. While some people do it for medical reasons, others do it as a lifestyle choice. But what exactly does it mean to be gluten-free? Let’s explore the ins and outs of the gluten-free lifestyle, its benefits, and how to successfully navigate it.
What is Gluten?
Gluten is a type of protein found in grains such as wheat, barley, and rye. It gives bread, pasta, and other baked goods their elasticity and chewy texture. For most people, gluten is harmless and even beneficial. But, for those with celiac disease (chronic digestive and immune disorder that damages the small intestine), gluten can trigger an immune response that damages the small intestine and causes a range of symptoms, including diarrhoea, bloating, and