What Are The Benefits Of Grain-Free Diet?

What Are The Benefits Of Grain-Free Diet?

Diet-related awareness is much more common among the people in comparison with the world before the popularity of World Wide Web or more specifically social media. You can now get information about healthy food and diet options directly from the internet.

In addition, you can also see every other person is now diet conscious and following a particular kind of meal plan with exercises to improve or maintain health.

The variety in diets has helped people with different needs, health conditions, self-control, and state of mind with their concerns. For example, there are now separate diets for diabetes, lactose-intolerance, and other prevalent disorders.

Similarly, grain-free diets have also been gaining more limelight especially after gluten-free diets emerged due to rise in Celiac and gluten sensitivity. A grain-free diet is not the same as a diet for Celiac disease.

It can actually be considered a step further than the gluten-free diet as in this diet you have to leave other grains along with wheat or the gluten protein.

Such diets are being adopted by people for a number of reasons including managing or losing weight or health conditions like endometriosis. Where the gluten-free diets are only suggested to people with the autoimmune disease or sensitivity, grain-free diets can be done by anyone.

Gluten-free diets became a trend even in the people who did not have Celiac or gluten sensitivity. However, it was soon taken over by grain-free dieting because the gluten alternatives taken by people were even worse.

Hence, you can benefit more from going grain-free than gluten-free and loading up on the starchy gluten substitutes.

Grain-free dieting might be good for the health and helpful in controlling some of the health concerns, not many people are able to do it as it means you have to leave most of the everyday calories and the most widely consumed foods.

Consider going grain-free if you think it can help you shed off those excess pounds, manage your health condition, or improve your digestive issues.

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What is a grain-free diet?

Switching to grain-free diet means you have to leave most of the foods which are probably a big part of your diet. In addition to wheat and products containing gluten, you have to leave other grains such as rice, barley, oats, and corn as well.

Buckwheat, quinoa, amaranth are the only grains a person going on a grain-free diet is allowed to have but the quantities of these even have to be controlled. Only a limited amount of food made from quinoa or amaranth is allowed.

A grain-free diet is not similar to most of the types of diets in the way that it allows complex carbohydrates. For example, a ketogenic diet which places a great restriction on any sort of carbs whereas you are allowed to have pumpkins, carrots, sweet potatoes and other carbs in the grain-free diet.

The diet does not place a big restriction of most of the nutrients. Most of them are taken in moderation. You can also have eggs, seeds, sugar, dairy, nuts, fish products, and meat while continuing your grain-free dieting.

The only food limitations that can come in grain-free dieting are if you have some type of condition or allergy that can cause harm such as diabetes patients can cut out much of the sugar from their diets along with the grains.

A grain-free diet is not similar to conventional weight loss diets but has many things in common with digestion improving, healthy gut, and better digestion diets such as the alkaline diet, Paleo diet, GAPS diet, and belly diet.

However, the grain-free diet has not been as much studied as the other diets since it is still fairly recent in people and health industry.

There are, on the other hand, some anecdotes, experience-evidence by popular health bloggers, and a number of studies that can back up the claim of grain-free diets being effective and healthy for people with weight struggles or health risks.

Grain-free diets have also been said to work for most people due to a lot of grains included in the diets of a majority of the population around the world. 15 out of 25 people in the United States get the highest number of calories from grain consumption.

Secondly, this is not just any kind of grains but the ones that are mostly suggested to avoid as much as you can commonly. Most of them are consumed in the form of processed foods, refined flours, and sugary products.

Grain-based desserts high in sugar and bread are so far the highest consumed forms of grains that also form a big part of the grain-based calories.

Consequently, going grain-free can not only help gluten-intolerance people but others in numerous ways such as it can help you stop filling your trolley up with processed food that is harmful, make you gain weight, and has no nutritional value.

Why should you go grain-free?

As mentioned before, eliminating grains from your diet can help you with things you cannot even imagine and you will slowly come to realize as you do it. From losing excessive fat to improving digestion going grain-free has a lot of advantages.

You are likely to see the following benefits when switching to a grain-free diet:

Controlling food addiction

Food addiction and compulsive food addiction disorder where the affected person does mindless eating all the time despite knowing the potential harms is, unfortunately, becoming increasingly popular in the world today.

Constantly eating foods that are high in calories and low in nutritional value is also a form of food addiction which many of us have. According to a study published in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition grain-free foods do not cause addiction.

You can control your cravings by eliminating grains and choosing foods with the low glycemic index can help you control your diet, lose weight, improve digestion, and improve overall health.

Boosting Heart Health

A study conducted at Eastern Michigan University’s School of Health Sciences looked at the health benefits of going grain-free. The main observations of the study were that not only did it lower bad cholesterol but also high triglycerides and LDL.

Moreover, a number of researchers have highlighted the role of starches present in grains in metabolic syndrome – one of the main causes of stroke, heart conditions, and even diabetes.

Mental Health

One of the most recent discoveries in gluten-free dieting was the effect on the mental health of the person and found that such a diet can be helpful in epilepsy, seizures, autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, anxiety, and depression.

There have been similar benefits observed in cutting out all grains from the diet especially after one of the studies suggested that elimination of the grains might help with the treatment of schizophrenia or its prevention.

Other Health Conditions

Going grain-free has been proven to be particularly good with people suffering from poor digestion or digestive disorders such as the leaky gut syndrome, IBS, Crohn’s disease, and other gastrointestinal issues.

Cutting off grains from the diet might also help you in relieving the symptoms that come with such digestive issues such as those of leaky gut syndrome – inflammation, headaches, fatigue, nausea, weight gain, and complications related to the skin.

Quality of diet

Grain-free diet means not only will you be considering some of the options you had never before but also cooking most of the foods at home which encourages reading food labels and watching out for extra calories or potentially harmful ingredients.

Homemade food has been said to be healthier generally whether the person is following some specific diet or aiming at a weight loss goal.

SOURCES: 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25559238
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4809873/

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The author is a Medical Microbiologist and a healthcare writer. She is a post-graduate of Medical Microbiology and Immunology. She covers all content on health and wellness including weight loss, nutrition, and general health.

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