Given that barley is high in gluten, does that make it unhealthy? I made a delicious pot of barley and immune-boosting vegetables for my daughter, but I’m confused about what’s wrong with gluten? THANK YOU!
Gluten is a protein found in grains, and it is only “bad for you” if you have a sensitivity or allergy to it. Most people have symptoms and know they have a health issue they can’t identify. For these people, it’s wise to try cutting out gluten to see if the symptoms go away. Some of these symptoms are: digestive disorders like excess gas, bloating and IBS, Frequent colds and bronchitis, unexplained infertility, fatigue, and seasonal allergies. If you and your family aren’t experiencing any of these things, you don’t need to avoid gluten.
Are you having a hard time getting pregnant, and have no idea why? I addressed one possible cause in my post Is Your Wheat Toast To Blame for Infertility? and it’s worth bringing up again. The New York Times recently put a spotlight on this hidden factor in many couples difficulty trying to conceive. My advice if you are experiencing unexplained infertility is to remove gluten from both you and your partner’s diets because untreated celiac disease is a contributing factor. It might sound extreme, but if you’ve tried everything else, why not give it a shot? It’s getting easier and easier to do, with most natural food stores dedicating entire aisles to gluten free foods. It will probably open up your world to different grains and more fruits and veggies.
If you wonder what you can possibly eat if you’re avoiding gluten, check out this random list of gluten free foods:
- corn tortillas
- peanut butter
- green beans
- sunflower seeds
- corn chips
- apple sauce
- ice cream
- black beans
- pinto beans
- refried beans
- wheat free tamari soy sauce
- rice noodles
- flour alternatives – sorghum, rice, tapioca, corn starch, buckwheat (technically a cousin to the rhubarb family), potato starch.
- rice crackers
- fruit smoothies
- chick peas
- dried fruit
And the list goes on…
Is Your Wheat Toast to Blame for Infertility?
“Hi Integrative Mom!
I struggle with stomach issues. I’ve been tested for celiac disease and the test was negative. I exhibit almost all the symptoms. Do you think the tests are always accurate?” Continue reading Puzzled by Tests →
Many women who are having a hard time getting pregnant have no idea why. In fact, up to 8% of infertile couples have unexplained infertility. If this describes you, you might have a gluten sensitivity. Gluten is the protein found in wheat, rye, barley and oats, and it’s estimated that 1 in 133 Americans are sensitive to it. It would be worth you and your partner getting tested for it, which is called celiac disease in the medical community. Or, why don’t you just try cutting these things out of your diet for a few cycles, and see what happens! It’s definitely worth a shot and It’s easier than it sounds, because you can find many great foods completely free of gluten. I like the brown rice pasta by Soy Joy and the gluten free chocolate chip cookies by City Girl Country Girl.
Gluten free living isn’t a cupcake-free life. Check out BabyCakes if you live in NYC, and if you don’t, they just released their cookbook full of secrets! Here’s a sample recipe for Big Apple Brownies : Continue reading Is Your Wheat Toast to Blame for Infertility? →