Every now and then, it’s important to check our current eating habits and see if adding or omitting certain ingredients or food clusters can improve our overall health and wellness.
A health phenomenon that has gained tremendous popularity in the recent years is the “gluten-free diet.” Under this dietary practice, foods containing gluten such as wheat, barley, rye, oats, spelt and kamut grain are removed entirely from a person’s food intake. Wheat in particular, is present in many everyday food items such as bread, cakes, biscuits, pizzas, wraps, rolls, etc. so removing it from your diet (aka going gluten-free) might prove to be a fairly difficult task.
What’s all the craze about going wheat-free/gluten-free anyway?
Wheat has been found to cause digestive issues, weight problems, immune-related complications and is also a common food allergen (1). It contains gluten-derived polypeptides that crosses into the brain and binds to the brain’s opiate receptors making you experience a mild euphoria, and without realizing it, a small addiction to wheat (2). It’s also been proven to cause a condition called leaky gut, which promotes low-grade inflammation. Leaky gut is a characteristic of heart disease, cancer, and autoimmune problems (3).
Additionally, wheat is an appetite stimulant and it contains a starch called amylopectin A that quickly converts into blood sugar, thereby quickening the rise of blood sugar and insulin. This can lead to diabetes, weight gain, and obesity (4).
What Happens to Your Body When You Quit Wheat
Taking all this research into consideration, a wheat-free diet sounds sensible, right? And for some people, going wheat-free is completely necessary because wheat is an allergen to them. A likely reason is due to our lack of genetic adaptation to grasses and grains, wheat in particular.
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People who adapt to this dietary practice experience better digestive function, increased energy, weight loss, and improved cholesterol levels (5).
It sounds like a total win but let’s not forget that following a wheat-free diet means that food options are limited and you have to be cautious about the ingredients that go into your food.
Cloud Bread (The Healthy Version)
Thankfully, this food diet has become such a hit that the world wide web offers tons of gluten-free recipes. One in particular is an easy, low carb recipe on cloud bread, which is a healthy alternative to regular bread.
We scoured the internet to find a recipe that replaces the use of granulated white sugar and cream cheese found in most cloud bread recipes. Here’s a recipe that’s not only low-carb but is high in protein and is only 47 calories per slice! For full recipe details, visit BeachBodyOnDemand.
Simple Wheat Free Cloud Bread (No Dairy, No Sugar)
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