There are several challenges that you may encounter in your attempt to tap into health benefits eating gluten free foods. We don’t highlight these challenges with the objective of discouraging you from going on a gluten free diet. Rather, we highlight them so that you can develop strategies for dealing with them (the challenges), in order to successfully tap into the considerable health benefits of eating a gluten free diet. It is now well established that, as human beings trying to achieve various goals, we tend to be better placed to deal with setbacks and challenges if we are in a position to foresee and anticipate them (as opposed to if we encounter the setbacks and challenges unexpectedly). That applies in this endeavor too: where the objective is to tap into the various health benefits associated with eating gluten free foods. Like every other worthwhile endeavor, it is challenging – and the challenges associated with it are the ones we are trying to identify.
The first challenge that you may encounter in your attempt to tap into health benefits eating gluten free foods is that of figuring out the gluten rich foods to eliminate from your diet. The conventional knowledge is that only foods in the ‘wheat family’ contain gluten: those being barley and rye, besides wheat itself. But in actual fact, there are other foods that may be fortified with gluten. There are others that may contain gluten due to genetic engineering adventures in which genes from foods in the wheat family are introduced into other foods. So identifying the foods to avoid if you want to go gluten free becomes a real challenge.
The second challenge that you may encounter in your attempt to tap into health benefits eating gluten free foods is that of successfully eliminating gluten rich foods from your diet. If you identify all gluten-containing foods, and eliminate them from your diet, you end up with a rather limited range of things you can eat. You start feeling as if you are restricting yourself too much, and this leads to loss of motivation for you to stay on the gluten free diet.
The third challenge that you may encounter in your attempt to tap into health benefits eating gluten free foods is that of identifying suitable alternatives to substitute the gluten rich foods with. It is, for instance, hard to get a perfect substitute for wheat. It can be similarly hard to get perfect substitutes for barley and rye though, admittedly, those two are not crucial to most people’s diet like wheat. In the final analysis, you may be forced to forget ‘perfect substitutes’ and simply focus on getting ‘suitable substitutes.’
The fourth challenge that you may encounter in your attempt to tap into health benefits eating gluten free foods is that of affording the gluten free diet, in the long run. A gluten free diet is likely to be expensive. if you are not a person who has immense financial resources, you will probably have some difficulties affording this sort of a diet.