If you have been looking for a healthy meal replacement shake and you have gluten allergies or celiac disease, then it is very important to ask the question: “Is Shakeology Gluten Free?” The reason why this is so important is because if a person with these allergies were to mistakenly introduce gluten into their diet, they would likely experience diarrhea, bloating, and abdominal pains. This said, the only way to avoid these symptoms is to follow a strict, gluten-free diet. The great news is that Beachbody’s meal replacement shake, Shakeology, is certified to be 100% gluten-free.
Lets take a closer look at both gluten allergies and Celiac disease in view of learning why it is important that your meal replacement shake is gluten free.
People with Celiac disease are at high risk of being malnourished. The reason is that Celiac disease damages the lining of the small intestine and prevents it from absorbing essential nutrients for staying healthy. The damage is caused by the body’s reaction to gluten, which is found in wheat, barley, rye and many other grains and foods through cross contamination.The lining of the intestines have areas called villi, which help to absorb nutrients.
When someone with Celiac disease eats food or uses a product that contains gluten, their immune system reacts by damaging the villi, therefore their ability to absorb nutrients properly is compromised. It doesn’t matter how much a person eats, they will become malnourished by lack of absorption of essential vitamins and minerals otherwise taken from their foods.
This is why, for example, there is a high prevalence of osteoporosis and lack of bone density being seen in the elderly. Calcium and vitamin D are not being properly absorbed, and therefore bone density is diminishing. I won’t get too far into why the prevalence of gluten allergies and other deficiencies are so high in this particular article. However, if you would like to read a more in depth report on this, I’d highly recommend picking up a copy of ‘Wheat Belly‘. My family and I have, by choice, eliminated all wheat from our diets.
People with gluten allergies are not at such a high risk for serious or life-threatening symptoms. A person with gluten allergies might experience some side effects of itchiness, congestion, and cramps. It is still highly recommended that a person with gluten allergies stick to a gluten-free diet, but the difference is that they can gauge their sensitivity to gluten by the way their body reacts to it.
How is Shakeology Gluten Free when it Contains Wheat Grass and Kamut?
The reason that Shakeology can remain free of gluten and still contain wheat grass and kamut is because these ingredients are harvested before the grass has had a chance to mature, which is when gluten forms. Beachbody has some of the most stringent quality control procedures to ensure that all ingredients that might contain gluten, do not. It is through this certification that you can rest assured knowing that the healthiest meal replacement drink is safe to drink if you have gluten allergies or Celiac disease.
As with any health condition or allergy, it is best to be cautious with any supplement, therefore we recommend you consult your doctor before enjoying Shakeology. If you have any more question, be sure you visit our Shakeology page.