9 Dangers of Mainstream Gluten-Free Products and Recipes:
1. Too little fiber:
Many highly processed gluten-free products and recipes are lower in fiber, and can leave you feeling hungry. Fiber is also essential for healthy bowel movements.
2. Too many carbs:
GF products generally add starch to make up for the gluten in the wheat flour. A sensitive digestive system is unable to digest the large load of carbs thus creating a digestive problem.
3. It is expensive:
I used to buy a very small loaf of bread for $8.50! On average, gluten-free products are 242% more expensive than regular products. US Nationa lLibrary of Medicine
4. Many Bad carbs:
The gluten-free ‘flours’ like tapioca starch, corn starch, rice starch, potato starch etc. also cause health issues in the gut and with their high Glycemic index. Also, they are often devoid of nutrients! They are certainly not a ‘smart carb‘.
5. Too many calories:
Processed gluten-free foods contain almost twice the calories as their counterparts and are more then double the price.
6. Low in whole grains:
The benefits of good carbs like brown rice, fruits or beans are often sacrificed for other ‘bad’ carbs. You need good carbs to regulate blood sugar and bowel movements.
7. Lacks important nutrients:
Avoiding grains means that you will be getting less iron, calcium, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, and folate.
8. Often contains Xanthan Gum:
Some of the side effects from consuming x-gum are similar to the negative effects of gluten-sensitivity. Flu-like symptoms can occur, and since it used for a laxative, sometimes even a small amount might aggravate your guts according to WebMD.
9. Often full of unhealthy sugars:
Sugar is not an ingredient we want lots of if we have gut problems, as it is what will feed the unhealthy bacteria in our gut.
1. First you need to eliminate all the gluten proteins. They are found in ALL forms of wheat (including durum, semolina, spelt, kamut, einkorn and faro) and related grains rye, barley and triticale.
3. Don’t believe that because a product label or recipe says it IS gluten free that it is healthy. Read the ingredient list to find out if it is truly healthy; if there are unhealthy starches, sugars, and Xanthan Gum then it is not a healthy choice.
4. Include these 11 gluten-free whole grains in your diet: Millet, Quinoa, Brown Rice, Amaranth and Buckwheat, Cornmeal whole grain (not corn starch), Buckwheat, Oats (make sure they are pure and uncontaminated), Sorghum (whole grain), Teff, Amaranth, popcorn, and Montina (Indian Rice Grass). Read their benefits at 11 Gluten Free Whole Grains.
5. I have been working on helping gluten intolerant people for years now. All my recipes at Real Food For Life are gluten-free and healthy. It is still a work in progress. I have taken out all the unhealthy starches, sugars, and Xanthan Gum.
6. Try out my Healthy Baking Weekend Web BootCamp where I teach people to how to do baking for the holidays that is gluten-free, sugar-free, and super healthy with whole foods!
If you want to be healthy,
If you want to grow stronger,
If you want to be slim not fat,
If you want to feel trim, not bloated,
…..Then you need to eat real, whole food ….no starch, no white sugar and no refined carbs.