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The Fallacy of Gluten-Free Products and Weight Loss  

Seems like many are falling prey to thinking eating a gluten-free diet is the key to health, happiness and weight loss.

Unfortunately if it were that easy we’d all be thin and disease-free.

One of the new books I’m working on is a healthy cookie book.  All the cookies and treats are gluten-free and low in sugar and free of fake sweeteners, additives and preservatives.  It was challenging but I finally came up with a high protein flour that works with all the recipes.

Part of this process allowed me to look more closely at what manufacturer’s put in gluten-free goodies – cookies, crackers, chips, etc. as well as how to formulate a real gluten-free product.

What I found is that most of these products contain white rice flour, and multiple sources of starches.  Although these products are gluten-free, they are full of high glycemic high carbohydrates.   Many contain more carbohydrates and calories than the products they are attempting to replace.  Remember 15 grams of carbohydrate on a label is equal to the amount of carbohydrate in a slice of bread so check to see how much you are consuming per serving size.

Of course those with Celiac need to avoid gluten completely, and there is a spectrum of the population that are sensitive to the proteins in wheat – gluten and possibly gliadin, a second protein in wheat.  Avoiding wheat can assist with lowering inflammation and increased health.

However, if one is not sensitive to wheat, avoiding it and switching to gluten-free products, particularly processed ones, can send someone in the same direction they are trying to avoid.

If you are trying to eat healthfully avoid processed gluten-free products and consume healthful sources of carbohydrates without a label – fruits, veggies, nuts/seeds, squash, yams, quinoa, brown rice, etc.   Making that change in itself may be enough to send you in the health and weight loss direction you are trying to achieve.

And if you want a healthy gluten-free treat my cookie book is in the works and will be available hopefully by October 2013 with a bonus gluten-free healthy dog treat recipe for all you dog lovers.

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Reader Comments (1)

Couldn't agree with you more Susan!

It's so disappointing to see the effects of marketing labels and their halo that comes with them. Low fat, gluten free, dairy free, natural, wholegrain, you name it, it's all the same. If it's packaged up and is a pretty spot on replicate of the original version, it's still no better for you.

Your cookbook sounds great - looking forward to seeing it!

Kind regards,

Larina Robinson
The Body Dietetics

June 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLarina

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