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Following a gluten-free diet is becoming increasingly popular. While most people’s digestive systems can tolerate processing gluten, some are sensitive or intolerant to it.
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. Gluten sensitivity may take the forms of celiac disease, non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS), or wheat intolerance.
Celiac disease is a digestive disorder that affects the small intestine. Ingesting gluten causes the body’s immune system to attack and ultimately damage the lining of the small intestine.
Aside from medical necessity, you may simply choose to go gluten-free for any number of reasons. Whether you’re trying to lose weight or replace today’s highly refined wheat with ingredients of greater nutritional value, these videos will help you understand why being gluten-free can be of great benefit to your body.
Importantly, these videos also highlight how gluten can be hidden in many foods and ingredients. Watch to learn more or simply to lighten your mood.
How to Become Gluten Intolerant
For bread, pastry, and all-around gluten lovers, being intolerant stinks. But JP Spears doesn’t want it to get you down.
He doesn’t provide any actual advice about gluten-free living. Instead, he takes a cold, sarcastic look at ridiculous stereotypical behaviors of people with gluten allergies. You could look at his hilarious video as a guide for what not to do.
Remember, it’s all meant to be taken with a pinch of gluten-free salt. If you delight at his sense of humor, check out other videos in his “Ultra Spiritual Life” series.
What Really Happens to Your Body When You Go Gluten-Free
At times tongue-in-cheek, this video from The List highlights how gluten can impact the body. It teaches you about intolerances and shares how gluten-free diets can help even those without intolerances. But it also cautions about possible nutritional deficits from gluten-free diets.
The video provides tips for ensuring good nutrient and fiber intake and quotes interesting studies about our relationship to gluten. See how a gluten-free diet may even give you benefits for the mind as well as the body.
30 Days of a Gluten-Free Diet
In this video, Buzzfeed challenges four people to go gluten-free for a month. Each participant starts with slightly different goals, concerns, and preconceptions about how being gluten-free would impact them.
Along their journey, they begin to understand how prevalent gluten is: It makes surprise appearances in free workplace snacks and as hidden ingredients in their favorite foods and cosmetics.
The four share what they miss, why they’re frustrated, and how they feel. See their results and hear whether any of them will stay gluten-free after the challenge.
What Happens When You Tell People You Can’t Eat Gluten
This video from CollegeHumor explores stereotypical reactions to people with gluten intolerance. From the hypochondriac to the skeptic, this humorous video touches upon responses ranging from general ignorance to insensitivity. It highlights and busts some ridiculous myths and misconceptions.
Einkorn Wheat: Change the Way You Think About Living Gluten Free
This video by Everyday Dishes highlights why our modern wheat may make us sick. It discusses how hybridization has changed wheat structure, resulting in proteins that can aggravate our bodies.
Einkorn wheat is an ancient grain. It still has gluten, but according to the video, it’s not as bad for you as modern wheat. See why Einkorn wheat may be a healthy gluten option for you.
Dr. Travis Rails Against the Gluten-Free Industry
Dr. Travis of “The Doctors” TV show discusses how people who may have no sensitivity to gluten have become afraid of it. The issue is more complicated than it may seem. One guest says we’re so often told what not to eat that food may start to become scary.
Another guest raises a possible link between eliminating gluten and reducing ADHD in children. Still, Dr. Travis recommends everyone cut back on refined wheat products. The takeaway: The more whole foods we eat, the better.
What’s the Big Deal with Gluten?
This cartoon from TED-Ed breaks down the topic of why gluten can be bad for you. It explains what gluten is, where it’s found, and how the proteins may negatively impact you.
Learn why understanding gluten sensitivity is a somewhat murky area. For example, sensitivity may actually be linked to a type of sugar, rather than gluten proteins. Or, it may be in your head. According to the “nocebo” effect, believing you have trouble with gluten may cause symptoms.
What I Eat in a Day
Eating gluten-free definitely doesn’t have to mean you’re stuck with a boring diet. Alyssa Rimmer of Simply Quinoa offers proof of that. Rimmer shares her daily gluten-free eats, including avocado pesto zucchini noodles and a granola bowl.
See how she enriches her food with several types of powders and seeds to ensure she’s getting the right balance of nutrients. If her meals tempt you, snag a copy of her Eat Clean: 7-Day Meal Plan for recipes.
Catherine is a journalist passionate about health, public policy, and women’s rights. She writes on a range of nonfiction topics, from entrepreneurship to women’s issues as well as fiction. Her work has appeared in Inc., Forbes, The Huffington Post, and other publications. She’s a mom, wife, writer, artist, travel enthusiast, and lifelong student.