The term "gluten-free" has become very popular in today's society.
Not that I disagree with the thought of not ingesting gluten, for many reasons, but a better option would be to avoid grains. In addition to grains containing gluten, a couple of more alarming points are that grains contain toxic polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) and phytic acid.
PUFAs (i.e., found in vegetable oils, grains, leafy green vegetables, margarines, etc.)
- Lower the immune system
- Are estrogenic
- Inhibit protein breakdown
- Lower energy metabolism
- Increase inflammation and aging
- Contribute to senility
- Can lead to Leaky Gut Syndrome
- Can lead to sterility/infertility
- and so on.
In addition, phytic acid allows for poor bone health and can block the absorption of zinc and magnesium, two essential nutrients in creating an efficient metabolism.
So, whether or not you may be "gluten-sensitive" or "gluten-intolerant", is less pressing than the issue of you being more "grain-aware". Furthermore, beware of "gluten-free", processed products that contain a ton of preservatives, fake sugar, and other harmful ingredients. You may be "gluten-intolerant", but your body is also "toxin-intolerant". Coconut flour, rice flour, and the occasional organic Jasmine rice are acceptable, all in moderation.
And remember, it is always best to eat real, whole, organic foods in the right ratios, at the right time, for your particular body. After all, it takes life to give life.