EATING GLUTEN FREE TO BEAT BLOATING
While one in 133 Canadians is affected by celiac disease, gluten sensitivity is not as common as people think, says Li. While going gluten-free is all the rage, Brissette says that some studies show that a placebo effect may be at work. “Oftentimes my clients think gluten is causing bloating, but it could be the gassy vegetables they’re eating, like cabbage and kale,” she explains. “Eating less gaseous veggies and smaller portion sizes often helps.” We’re also guilty of overeating carbs, which explains why going gluten-free is often associated with less bloating. VERDICT A well-planned gluten-free diet can be healthy as long as it contains primarily nutrient-dense foods, such as vegetables, legumes, beans, high-quality proteins, nuts and seeds, instead of refined and processed gluten-free foods, says Li. That being said, the key is to eat a balanced whole food diet that works with your system and, for most people, that can certainly include whole grains.