…although, for some it has to be.
This morning I saw a Jimmy Kimmel video asking various gluten-free people if they know what gluten is. While, quite honestly, I usually like to watch videos of people making a fool of themselves, this one was a little annoying.
I should know by now that people will blindly follow any ‘trend’ they hear is healthy or good for them. But, if I was cutting out something that is in many of the foods I would normally eat, I’d sure as hell want to know what it was and why.
For the record, gluten is a protein found mostly in wheat, rye, and barley. Gluten is responsible for the elasticity or chewiness of baked goods.
If you are not gluten intolerant, it is not necessarily bad for you. But there are many people who are gluten intolerant, and cannot properly digest any food containing gluten. There could be different ranges of gluten intolerance. Some people may be gluten-free because they feel better when they choose grains that do not contain gluten. That’s all fine with me. I often hear of a gluten-free diet joked about. The people in Jimmy Kimmel’s video make it seem like a joke, but for many people it is no joke at all.
My other problem with people blindly going gluten-free is that they may think anything labeled ‘gluten free’ is automatically healthy. I have seen plenty of products that are processed, loaded with sodium or sugar at the grocery store labeled ‘gluten-free.’ It’s the same thing as a bag of baked Cheetos claiming it’s made with ‘all natural ingredients.’
For some people, a gluten-free diet is required for them to be healthy. And the ones that require it, will likely do it the right way. And they will actually know what gluten is.
But, healthy doesn’t have to be gluten-free.
You can still eat clean and eat gluten. Whole grains are not evil. Eating clean means staying away from overly processed foods. Pasta is considered clean in my book, because there are minimal ingredients. Bread is debatable, some are most definitely better than others. Or you could make your own clean version!
Like I always say, to each their own. Let’s just try to stay educated on the facts!