A Free Meal!

 
Nutrition, a once simple subject, has become more complex and in depth than ever before. Amongst other reasons, the main reason is because of the specific diet people are asking for and the many intolerances that have developed. There are many different types of diet because of health reasons or ethical reasons. I’m going to share with you a few of these specific diets, their appeal, and how to do each one.
 
Egg Free – There are a few different perspectives from which people choose not to eat eggs. For one thing, anyone that calls him or herself vegan won’t eat animal products with eggs included. Some may worry about the cholesterol value in eggs yolks others may worry about the way they affect their digestive system. Whatever the reason may be, egg free diets are becoming a more popular way to eat by the day.
 
Gluten Free – Quickly becoming one of the newest diets, gluten free has swept America. It seems that all the celebrities and people of influence have switched over, but why? Well gluten intolerance, also referred to as Celiac’s Disease has been an issue for many people, but is just now beginning to gain more notice. If you are gluten intolerance, you will notice digestive issues ranging from bloating to even lactose intolerance. In some severe cases, the hair begins to fall out due to the lack of nutrient intake. There are a plethora of gluten free options available, even gluten free oats! 
 
Wheat Free – While some absolutely love wheat, there are some that like people with gluten intolerance, don’t have the enzymes to digest it. More often than not, people choose to go wheat free due to it’s effects on the digestive system over the flavor of it. Because wheat is hidden in various products that we eat, it can affect one more than we even realize. Eating wheat free doesn’t have to be difficult as there are many other grain options such as Quinoa, Cous Cous, and Amaranth. 
 
Dairy Free – Well when you cosider the fact that dairy comes from cow’s milk, it seems to make a little bit of sense that people have begun switching over to a dairy free diet. Some because of the flavor, more because of the idea, and most people because of the way dairy products affect their digestive system. Many people especially people of Asian decent, don’t have the enzymes required to digest the main protein in dairy, called Lactose. This is why dairy intolerance is referred to as lactose intolerance. Fortunately with this being such a growing problem, dairy free is becoming more popular by the day, thus there are tons of dairy replacements available, mainly made from soy. 
 
Nut Free – Nut allergies aren’t something new, but it is something that’s affecting more and more people. If you have a nut allergy, you’re probably well aware as this can be a life or death matter. It is rare to have mild intolerances to nuts, because the chemicals they pack are in such high quantities. For people allergic to nuts, a few of my favorite replacements are sesame butter instead of peanut butter, olive oil instead of peanut oil, and corn meal instead of almond meal. Although a bit trickier to avoid than most allergies, it is very possible and can be just as enjoyable to eat a nut free diet. 
 
Sugar Free – Though it’s flown under the radar for many years, sugar and its various health effects are coming to the light more and more by the day. Refined sugars are quite possibly one of the most damaging things on our immune system. When we consider this, it makes sense that various people are being diagnosed with diabetes and switching over to a sugar free diet. When you switch to a sugar free diet, you feel better and will live longer. The health benefits can be tremendous. Not too mention, you won’t have to deal with sugar highs and sugar lows. Some of my favorite sugar replacements, would be honey, agave nectar, and fruit juice. 
 
Low Sodium – It seems like every day, a new acquaintance of mine is diagnosed with high blood pressure. Unfortunately, this can be a heart breaker if you’re a fan of salty foods. If you’re one of those people, or don’t want to become one of those people, it is important to find foods high in flavor and low in salt. There are a few different salt replacements on the market with my favorite being Lo-Salt, which is 2/3 Potassium Chloride, thus reducing the sodium and creating a great tasting replacement. Eating a low sodium diet doesn’t have be a struggle, as there are many great tasting products low in sodium. 
 
Vegan – Be it because of ethical reasons, or just the way that meat sits in our stomach, vegan is increasing popular, especially with the younger generation. Many people choose to be vegan because of the ethical concerns over killing and eating an animal. This seems to make a bit of sense, but it is important to remember when going vegan to get your amino acids and protein from different sources, as this can leave you nutrient deficient if your not careful. Some great sources of protein and amino acids would be nuts, seeds, beans, and grains such as quinoa.
 
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