Gluten is a protein found in some grains, such as wheat, rye and barley. Gluten is the only protein found in food that is completely indigestible and people with celiac must avoid gluten completely as it can have serious health implications. Many people also have gluten intolerances and should avoid it as much as possible but the risk of cross contamination is not as severe as those with celiac.
Eating gluten free can also help those with a chronic gastrointestinal disorder called irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Many children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) report that behaviour improves when they eat a diet free of the gluten.
More and more people are being diagnosed as gluten intolerant and have often lived for many years feeling bloated, uncomfortable and having general digestive problems which can impact day to day life.
Is eating gluten free healthy? As with any dietary restrictions, it really depends on the person. Eating gluten free can cut out carbs such as bread from your diet but could just as easily mean someone eats lots of chocolate! Taking time to look at your diet and get a balance is important for everyone.