Is Gluten-Free Food Healthier?

How many people do you know that are gluten-free?  It is amazing that many people have jumped onto the gluten-free simply because they believe it is ‘healthier’ – but in actual fact, it often is not.  This week we are going to investigate why a gluten free diet is not necessarily healthier and can even be damaging to your weight loss.

Gluten-free is not necessarily healthier OR will help you lose weight

Gluten-free is not necessarily healthier OR will help you lose weight

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gluten refers to the protein found in wheat. It is also part of other cereal grains — including rye, barley and oats.  People with coeliac disease have a problem with digesting gluten:  basically, the immune system reacts abnormally to gluten causing small bowel damage.  This causes digestive problems such as pain, nausea, vomiting, diahorrea etc.  Once gluten is removed from the diet, all is cured.  They believe that 1 in 70 people suffer coeliac disease in Australia.

It is amazing that non-coeliac people are choosing to be gluten-free as these foods really are not necessarily any healthierThe reality is a gluten-free diet has no special health benefits, and many gluten-free foods are less nutritious; tend to be higher in carbohydrates and fat and lower in protein, lower in vitamins and minerals and lower in fibre than their gluten-containing counterparts.  Not only that, on average, gluten free foods are around 242% more expensive than their gluten-containing counterparts – EEK!

Sometimes, people go off gluten to lose weight end BUT up gaining weight instead. That’s because they consume gluten-free packaged products that are often just as high in saturated fat, sugar and sodium as other junk food, and these products often contain high-glycemic refined ingredients like white rice flour or ‘starch’ fillers that can affect your blood sugar and trigger cravings.  Rice is a gluten-free grain so a LOT of gluten-free food is made from it.  But with white rice having a high GI (80-90) which means it has a bad effect on your blood sugar levels and encourages the production of more insulin (i.e. fat-storing hormone) AND can make you feel less satisfied after you eat.

If you are not coeliac, there is really no need to switch to gluten-free foods.  However, if you are trying to lose weight and not getting anywhere, maybe it is because you are eating too much wheat (and other carbs)….this is where we can help you.  Your The Natural Way consultant will assess your current diet and health status and then tailor an eating plan to help you find the path to successful weight loss.

Don’t wait – call your nearest clinic on 1300 SLIMMER (1300 754663) and make a FREE appointment to find out more about how our program works.  We also have a successful ‘At Home’ program that you can follow if you can’t make it into the clinic – email cora@thenaturalway.com.au to find out more.

Visit our website to find out more:  www.thenaturalway.com.au

 

About Lose Weight With Sue

I am a naturopath for The Natural Way. We have 24 clinics nationally that help people to lose weight & educate on how to keep it off.
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