There are several strategies for tapping into long term benefits eating gluten free foods. This is against a background where the benefits of eating gluten free foods can be divided into two broad categories. In the first category, we have those that can be referred to as being ‘short term benefits.’ And in the second category, we have the ‘long term benefits,’ which we are focusing our attention on here.
An example of a long term benefit of eating gluten free foods would be a reduced risk of getting the various diseases that are brought about by excessive consumption of gluten-rich foods. Take, for instance, many of the people who are struggling with obesity, and the illnesses associated with obesity such as diabetes, cardiovascular issues and high blood pressure. Now it is common knowledge that many of these people wouldn’t be having such issues if they didn’t consume wheat products. So, by deduction, we come to the conclusion that you can avoid similar issues if you go on a gluten free diet (in which wheat is done away with). But to tap into this sort of a benefit, you have to stick with the gluten free diet for long. So this is an example of a long term benefit of eating gluten free foods. There are many other such long term benefits of eating gluten free foods, and we are trying to identify strategies through which you can tap into such (long term) benefits.
The first strategy for tapping into long term benefits eating gluten free foods is that of ensuring that you don’t unwittingly consume gluten. To this end, you have to develop a habit of reading food packaging labels carefully. If a food packaging label indicates that food that is contained in the package has wheat as an ingredient, then you know that, by extension, it contains gluten. If the packaging indicates that the food contained inside the package has barley as an ingredient, then you know that by extension, it also contains gluten. If the packaging indicates that the food inside has rye as an ingredient then you know that, by extension, it also contains gluten. The pattern that is emerging here is a simple one: that you shouldn’t just be looking for ‘gluten’ as an indicated ingredient. Rather, you should be going the extra mile, and avoiding foods that contain ingredients in which gluten is a core component.
The second strategy for tapping into long term benefits eating gluten free foods is that of ensuring that you adequately replace the nutrients you’d have gotten from the gluten-rich foods. If you don’t do this, you may end up suffering from the various forms of malnutrition. And it doesn’t make sense for you to pursue the health benefits that are associated with a gluten free diet if, in the process, you end up subjecting yourself to malnutrition.
The third strategy for tapping into long term benefits eating gluten free foods is that of continually reminding yourself of the benefits associated with the gluten free diet. The objective in doing this would be to keep yourself motivated to remain on the gluten free diet.