Could there be a benefit to going gluten-free even if you don’t have celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, or a gluten allergy?
For more than three million Americans, the answer is a resounding “yes.” In a recent poll presented by Scientific American, almost one-third of Americans are keen on ditching gluten from their diets altogether and are actively including more gluten-free foods in their daily consumption.
A little more than a quarter of those on a gluten-free diet are people with actual medical conditions that require eliminating gluten (i.e. celiac disease, non-celiac gluten sensitivity, and gluten allergies). But for the remaining 72%, the benefits gained from cutting out wheat, barley, and rye from their everyday diet are well worth the effort.
To help get you started on your gluten-free journey, here are three recommended reading references to help you better understand your new lifestyle:
“Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar—Your Brain’s Silent Killers” by Dr. David Perlmutter and Kristin Loberg
Having sold more than a million copies worldwide, “Grain Brain” by Dr. Perlmutter and Kristin Loberg cites gluten as the culprit of a lot of our modern day ailments and diseases. Through the Grain Brain Whole Life Plan, the book encourages a more holistic approach, throwing in hacks to common daily challenges for those making the switch to a healthier, gluten-free diet.
“Toxic Staple: How Gluten May Be Wrecking Your Health and What You Can Do about It!” by Anne Sarkisian
Anne Sarkisian is one of the foremost authorities in the world gluten-free community, as an advocate for celiac disease and gluten intolerance awareness. She continues to do her good work today through her bestselling title, “Toxic Staple,” and continues to speak at conferences and help others adopt a gluten-free lifestyle.
“Gluten Freedom: The Nation’s Leading Expert Offers the Essential Guide to a Healthy, Gluten-Free Lifestyle” by Alessio Fasano
If what we know about gluten intolerance and gluten sensitivity is limited and shrouded in myth and misconception, Dr. Alessio Fasano’s book, “Gluten Freedom” aims to demystify and provide enlightenment. Dr. Alessio Fasano, the founder of the Massachusetts General Hospital’s Center for Celiac Research, is a world-renowned expert in gluten-related disorders, and through this worldwide bestseller, provides answers to a rapidly growing audience.
Thanks to the work of people like Dr. Perlmutter, Kristin Loberg, Anne Sarkisian, and Dr. Alessio Fasano, we now know how to better prepare ourselves for a gluten-free lifestyle. This is just the beginning, of course, as there are a lot of other great books, blogs, podcasts, video channels, and online communities to further immerse yourself in the gluten-free world.
One of the best introductions to the gluten-free life comes in the form of this highly informative infographic from our friends over at MedAlertHelp.org.