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Does a low gluten diet still have benefits?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 14, 2013 at 3:39 PM

If you do 2 or 3 months of paleo just for your system and guts to heal and work properly, would it then be reasonable to have some gluten/grains/legumes in your diet (only a small amount, maybe a few meals a month or less) would you be relatively healthy?

Or must you say goodbye to grains and legumes for good in order to get the health benefits?

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on July 15, 2013
at 02:22 PM

If addiing grains and legumes is what gives you a "life outside of diet" than I feel sorry for you. Do I 100% avoid grains and legumes, no. If I am at someone's house and they made a cake, I eat a bite, occasionally. But that is far from "adding them back in".

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on July 15, 2013
at 08:54 AM

You're better of keeping them in your diet to some degree to avoid giving yourself an unnessesary intolerance. Even if it's just a few slices of sourdough per week it's better than nothing.

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on July 15, 2013
at 06:41 AM

"why would you want to add grains and legumes back into your diet?" - You mean why would someone want to be able to eat something from time to time? You know, some people would like to have a life outside of diet.

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on July 14, 2013
at 03:52 PM

In my own experience, the longer I've gone without gluten/grains/legumes the better I've better felt. I believe that I've cured bloating, acne, eczema, allergy and generally my skin is softer and looks better. Obviously there are other confounding factors as I eat a very strict low-carb/ketogenic diet.

I think this is really an area where n=1 matters and YMMV.

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C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 14, 2013
at 09:56 PM

Obviously the less toxins you consume, the better. With that said, why would you want to add grains and legumes back into your diet? If you feel better and are healthier without, and realistically, they taste bad anyway, why bother? If you are just craving something, there is usually a psuedo-paleo version that will at least be healthier than the grain filled version.

374925bd0c30305e4027c25e8815b298

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on July 15, 2013
at 06:41 AM

"why would you want to add grains and legumes back into your diet?" - You mean why would someone want to be able to eat something from time to time? You know, some people would like to have a life outside of diet.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 15, 2013
at 02:22 PM

If addiing grains and legumes is what gives you a "life outside of diet" than I feel sorry for you. Do I 100% avoid grains and legumes, no. If I am at someone's house and they made a cake, I eat a bite, occasionally. But that is far from "adding them back in".

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on July 14, 2013
at 09:49 PM

eating grains from time to time isn't going to bite too much. of course you'll feel the symptoms that we all feel when we eat them... but it won't jeopardize your hard earn health. i don't see how it would. :]

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374925bd0c30305e4027c25e8815b298

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on July 15, 2013
at 07:00 AM

I know gluten can say in the body for a good while, like 6 weeks or so. It's not the only "nutrient" that does this, I believe PUFAs do this as well in higher doses (~>5% caloric intake) and that stuff can stay in you for years. Perhaps that's an argument for being more hardcore on the pufa issue. Anyway, I don't think properly prepared legumes (which is a common practice in my experience) have anything left that justifies absolute avoidance outside of doctor house disease. That said, the poison is in dosage and even celiacs can handle some gluten (granted in infinitesimally small amounts), but I'm not doctor so don't take my word for it.

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on July 14, 2013
at 11:26 PM

If you have a clinical intolerance to gluten, the damage caused by a single gluten laden meal can take the body a week to repair. I don't think legumes are as bad in that respect.

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on July 14, 2013
at 10:39 PM

Uhm, I'm celiac, so I can't totally answer. I can get away with a little peanut butter here and there or some beans in my chipotle burrito bowl. Hope that helps! :-)

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