5 Gluten facts & fiction + a healthy, creamy winter pasta recipe

The biggest trend of the past decade – a gluten-free diet. Are you following the trend for health reasons, or are you following it because it’s ‘a healthier option’? If your answer is the latter, think again.

People who should be avoiding gluten completely are those with celiac disease. They experience symptoms like abdominal pain, constipation, weight loss, and fatigue when consuming gluten. Reasons for the rest to avoid gluten… well, there is a lot of talk through one’s hat going around, and we’re here to set the bar straight!

Gluten: facts vs fiction

#1: Gluten is the devil

That’s not true. Gluten-containing foods are not toxic for everyone unless you have celiac disease, wheat allergy or gluten sensitivity. In fact, gluten is a protein. It is nutritious, high in fibre, and contains other vitamins and minerals. The pure benefits of gluten include lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels and lower the risk of dying prematurely from heart disease and cancer.

#2: Our bodies struggle to process gluten

False. Yes, our bodies can’t produce the enzymes to help break down the protein in gluten; however, our immune system help breaks it down every time we eat a doughnut or pizza.

#3: Gluten-free = carb-free

Nope! Gluten-free foods aren’t low-carb, even though gluten foods have carbs. A gluten-free diet actually contains plenty of carbohydrate-rich foods, for example, rice, fruit, sugar, potatoes, etc. They might be gluten-free yet can still contain moderate-to-high amounts of carbohydrates.

#4: Most people are sensitive to gluten

Hmmm, okay… it’s estimated that a tiny portion of the population is gluten-sensitive, however, it’s a rule-out diagnosis. A wheat allergy and celiac disease must be ruled out before diagnosing someone with a gluten sensitivity. There isn’t a comprehensive symptom list for gluten sensitivity (because it’s quite a new thing); people who think they might have it say they have stomach aches, headaches, fatigue, depression, and other reactions.

#5: Gluten-free will help weight loss

Actually, there is nada evidence to suggest that eliminating gluten without making other diet changes results in weight loss. You can still eat gluten-containing foods, maintain healthy body composition, and achieve your health goals. Remember the golden rule: it’s how you eat, not what you eat.

#6: Only bread & pasta contains gluten

Incorrect. Let’s shock you for a quick second or two by naming typical foods where this protein is found, ready? Pickles, blue cheese, soy sauce, salad dressings, gravies, seasoning packets, hot dogs, beer, and liquorice, among others. If you really are looking for gluten-free foods in supermarkets or your local grocery store, pay extra attention to labels reading “gluten-free” on it.

Creamy Tagliatelle With Bacon And Mushrooms Recipe

4 servings
Prep: 10 mins, Cooking: 20 mins

Ingredients:

  • 400 g tagliatelle pasta
  • 250 g sliced button mushrooms
  • 125 g chopped bacon
  • 125 ml cream
  • 50 ml chicken stock
  • 50 ml basil pesto
  • 30 ml grated parmesan cheese
  • fresh basil to serve

Method:

  1. Boil the pasta in a large pot of salted water. Drain and keep warm.
  2. Fry the bacon until just cooked. Add the mushrooms and fry until they have browned, and the bacon starts to crisp.
  3. Reduce the heat and add the cream a little at a time, stirring as it thickens.
  4. Stir in the stock and pesto and heat through.
  5. Add the bacon sauce and the Parmesan to the pasta and toss to combine.
  6. Serve with fresh basil.

Happy, healthy eating!

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