Ever have the urge to sue a cereal? A bunch of people in California have, and their target is Cheerios.
And if you think that sounds a bit silly just wait until you hear the reason why, because you’ll likely change your mind.
It’s actually General Mills, the manufacturer of Cheerios, that’s being sued in the class-action lawsuit. The folks doing the suing are people allergic to, or sensitive to, gluten who bought the company’s supposedly gluten-free version of Cheerios.
The problem is someone at Cheerios forgot to use the gluten-free oat flour and a bunch of people on gluten-free diets ate the cereal and apparently suffered the consequences.
Now if you aren’t gluten sensitive yourself—or you don’t know someone personally who is—you may still be wondering what the big deal is.
Digestion troubles, fatigue and a fuzzy head
Well, let’s just say when some folks eat gluten they suffer with severe digestive issues. Digestion issues that the folks who ate those cheerios might have had in full control before they ate that cereal they were told was free of the stuff.
I myself have been gluten-free since 2012 when genetic testing confirmed I have the HLA-DQ gene that indicates gluten sensitivity. And I can personally attest to the tremendous difference it can make in your life.
Once some folks go gluten-free they not only leave all those terrible digestion issues behind they can also experience a huge rise in energy levels and a clearer head.
Some people lose a bunch of weight without even trying.
If you’re a wheat eater, and most people are even if they don’t realize it, the gluten in that wheat could be responsible for some of your nagging health complaints.
For example if you’re feeling bloated, but you don’t know why, wheat could be behind it. Or if you’re tired all the time but can’t nail down the cause, gluten could be the culprit.
Do you find it difficult to lose weight? You might want to take a long hard look at your wheat intake.
Hidden gluten could be behind your digestive distress
So you’ve probably heard of gluten before. You may even know it’s often found in bread products. But if you’re like a lot of folks you may not know what the stuff actually is.
Gluten is simply a protein found in wheat. In fact it can be an important source of protein for vegetarians. But the problem comes in when you’re sensitive to the stuff. When that’s the case it can do a number on your small intestine.
Your small intestine becomes inflamed and this chronic inflammation can lead to the kind of damage that keeps your body from absorbing all the nutrients you need to be healthy. Abdominal pain, diarrhea and bloating are all common symptoms of gluten sensitivity.
If you’ve ever tried dropping gluten and didn’t get the results you hoped… or if you’re on a gluten-free diet now but still experiencing symptoms… I’ve got some news you need to hear. Your gluten-free diet may not be all that gluten-free.
Most people who go gluten-free turn to rice, corn, quinoa and oats to replace the wheat-based products in their diets. But these supposedly gluten-free alternatives are often processed in the very same factories that process wheat products. As a result they often get cross contaminated with hidden gluten.
And for some people a small amount of gluten is all it takes to kick off symptoms.
But cross-contamination isn’t the only way to get accidently exposed to gluten. The stuff is hidden in plain sight in countless common foods.
Here’s a list of just a few of the many foods you’ll commonly find gluten lurking in:
- Potato chips
- Processed cheese
- Salad dressing
- Ice cream
- Baked beans
- Soy sauce
- Worcestershire sauce
- French fries
- Meat balls
- Roasted nuts
And that’s just a start.
The truth may be difficult to hear (I know I’ve been there), but the fact is going TRULY gluten-free is next to impossible to do when you include packaged foods in your diet.
My top 4 “Gut the Gluten From Your Diet” tips
The good news is you can kick gluten out of your diet. And I’m here to help you do just that with my top four Gut the Gluten from Your Diet tricks…
Gut the Gluten Tip #1: Avoid foods from a bag or a box.
Gut the Gluten Tip 2: Stick to single-ingredient foods.
Gut the Gluten Tip #3: Replace wheat flour with coconut or almond flour.
Gut the Gluten Tip #4: Eat potatoes, not rice or pasta.
These four easy to remember tricks can go a long way towards getting the gluten out of your diet once and for all. And the good news is going gluten-free is getting easier by the day as new truly gluten-free products are hitting the market every day from desserts to bread.
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