Gluten Free... Is Going Gluten Free Healthier?
There is a lot of information in the news about gluten-free diets and how wheat is a toxin. Unless you have a specific allergy to gluten, which is found in more than just wheat, then wheat is not a toxin. The foods made from rye, barley and wheat contain gluten and there is a long list of foods that contain gluten. In this no-more-gluten blog, we look at the truth about foods that contain gluten and health.
Gluten-free is it Healthier for You?
The answer to this question is maybe. You can go gluten free, but if the food choices that you opt for are not healthy then what have you gained? Foods that contain gluten include pasta, bread, cookies, pastries, cereals, and even beer. The thing to consider here, with the exception of beer, is that these foods are highly processed. That means in your body they turn into glucose quickly. So ditching foods that are made with gluten can be a healthy step in losing weight and gaining health.
However, if you replace cookies made with gluten with cookies made without gluten then it pays to read the label as one may have more calories, salt, or even sugars even though it is not made with gluten. Serving size is important if you want to consider the health-level of foods.
Gluten-Free and Healthy Alternatives
Gluten is a glue made from the proteins found in wheat, rye, and barley. You can make healthier food choices by opting for foods that are gluten free and that are different from the gluten-based foods that you would normally consume. For example, vegetables and fruit are gluten-free and you can replace many of those heavily processed foods with vegetables, fruit, nuts, and healthy grains such as brown rice or quinoa. If you replace a gluten-based food with a similar product, be sure to read the label. Just because the label say that a product does not contain wheat, does not mean it is gluten-free. Remember that rye and barley also contain gluten.
Healthy Lifestyle Changes
Going gluten-free is healthier for you if you opt to avoid those food types altogether. A good resource for learning to spot healthy foods is the Metabolic Research Center. Here you can find an abundance of literature on healthy foods, resources on living a healthier lifestyle, and even support to help you lose weight and gain health.
Is gluten-free right for you? It is right for most people, even if you do not have a gluten allergy. The trick is exchanging gluten-based products with food choices that are healthier, delicious, and satisfying. Check out the Metabolic Research Center and their library of healthy menus.
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