There are a lot of rumours swirling around the gluten-free diet. Some believe it’s healthier, others believe its complete nonsense. But, for the people who are actually allergic to gluten – either celiacs, people with wheat allergy or someone (like me) who has non-celiac gluten sensitivity, eating gluten-free is like finding the Shangri-la of cooking.
In case, you need a recap: gluten is the name of the proteins found in wheat, and works as a glue that holds food together. It is found in wheat, barley, rye and sometimes oats.
I remember back in 2008 when I started eliminating gluten-containing food from my diet. It was like my body, and especially my tummy, found peace. Finally, I could actually go a whole day without stomach pain or feeling bloated. If this is how my stomach was supposed to feel, I realised I had spent many years in agony. Digestive issues may be caused by a number of things, but if you are experiencing gas, bloating, fatigue or feeling tired after a meal containing gluten, you might be reacting negatively to gluten.
Many people might think that going gluten-free is a lot of hassle, but I can tell you: it’s really not. A lot of food is naturally gluten free: rice, quinoa, millet, gram flour, buckwheat and corn flour, to name a few. In India, finding gluten-free bread is probably your biggest challenge, but with a little (or a lot, in my case) practice you can also learn to make perfect homemade gluten-free bread. You can also find gluten-free pasta, flour, cookies and cereals in bigger supermarkets.
Try out the gluten-free diet for a day, here are some tips:
For breakfast, you can have cornflakes or oats with milk. For lunch, you can eat a masala dosa (they are gluten-free) and for dinner, you can enjoy a palak paneer with rice. Easy as that!