Before I jump into this article, I just want to articulate that going gluten-free isn't a choice for everyone. I do, however, strongly advocate to eliminate it from your diet for 3 weeks to see if you feel better and if you get any symptoms when you re-introduce. Many of us have unknown sensitivities and removing an allergen is a sure way of finding out. On the other hand, many people thrive eating gluten and need it to meet certain dietary needs. I completely support that decision as long as it comes from whole sources as I will outline below. But before, I talk about eating gluten, I want to discuss why I don't.
It's true. The "way of eating" that has been toted so healthy in the midst of our food craze is not all its cracked up to be. I can personally attest to this. While I still agree and follow most of the tenets of the Paleo Diet, I believe there are some major flaws that I'd like to discuss. But before I begin this dissection, I do want to talk about why this diet works for so many people.
I have been reading a variety of books on dieting lately just to grasp an understanding of different views and how so many of our paradigms have become flawed because of false assessments. Something interesting that I noticed is that in each diet book I read, I find the author denouncing one macronutrient. "Fat will make you fat!" "Carbohydrates are the leading cause of heart disease today!"
"Protein is over-rated and our bodies are not meant to eat it!"
Current Western dogma is that eating fat will kills us. Flip through any average "health" magazine at the gas station and they will claim that saturated fats kill, while unsaturated fats are the way to go. They stress keeping the fats low and advocate a high-carb, medium-protein (made up of lean meats for god's sake) for an extremely low fat diet. Ironically, it is in this setting that we have seen a rise in obesity, heart disease, and cancer like none other in the history of human life...