Misconceptions about gluten are rampant.  But the “gluten free” fad is baseless, say experts. So don’t eliminate this protein from your diet, unless you suffer from a real gluten allergy.

Unless you are allergic to gluten, please don’t stop eating it. Or fall for any of the claims that a gluten-free diet is the secret to a thin, healthy body.

Wooden spoons of various gluten free flour (almond flour amaranth seeds flour buckwheat flour rice flour chick peas flour) from top view

Here are three important facts about this food, that you need to keep in mind:

#1 It is a natural protein

Gluten is present in wheat based products such as rotis, bread, pasta and cakes. In addition, it is hidden in other foods too. Though this doesn’t offer special nutritional benefits, grains with gluten are rich in B vitamins and iron, and high fibre too.

# 2 There’s no scientific proof to back up the links

Despite the buzz, the truth is that gluten doesn’t generally cause weight gain, headaches, hormone disorders and so on. Experts say that a normal individual who cuts out gluten, may end up with nutritional deficiencies of fibre, minerals and vitamins.

After all, going gluten-free means saying no to many common and nutritious foods like wheat, barely and so on. Taking this action makes it harder to meet your daily nutrient allowances.

#3  The only reason to stop and avoid it, is if you’re allergic

You must stop gluten, if the doctor diagnoses you with Celiac disease. Some symptoms of intolerance include digestive discomfort, bloating, or nausea and stomach ache after eating wheat based foods. If you have celiac disease, you must eat only buckwheat, amaranth, flax, gluten free flour, oats, rice and millet etc.

Also, avoiding a little gluten is no good, because those who are sensitive won’t tolerate even a trace amount. That’s why it’s important to check for the hidden gluten in foods. Some are salad dressings, seasoning mixes, and even vitamins.