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A client recently asked if I were to recommend one food for someone eating the standard American diet to give up what would it be. Without pause, my immediate answer was gluten.
Gluten is a protein found in specific grains- namely wheat, barley, and rye. There is a high incidence of sensitivity to these grains due to their inherent indigestiblility. Gluten also is highly inflammatory contributing to autoimmune issues, joint pain & swelling, and it tends to be addictive especially when paired with refined sugar. Gram for gram, all grains whether containing gluten or not also have less nutritional value compared to other foods like animal products, seeds, and produce. The standard American diet often contains these grains, along with sugar, preservatives, and added chemicals, at every snack and meal. Sadly, gluten containing foods are such a large part of most people’s lifestyle that without it, they have no idea of what is left to eat. By giving up this one thing, it would open up a whole new nutrient dense opportunity and could greatly improve the way one feels.
What is one food you think should be given up by the average American? I’d love to hear your comments.