Gluten-free living has become quite the trend – some people are even unnecessarily cutting out a lot of foods from their diet, all in the name of going “gluten-free”.
Avoid these 4 disastrous ways you could potentially be causing your body more harm than good.
Gluten-free diets can often improve inflammation and energy issues, inspiring people to start eating gluten-free hoping it will fix their ailments.
But they are not considering the bigger picture – is the relief you feel because of the gluten or is it because you are suddenly not eating cookies every night?
Furthermore, often, there are a multitude of things involved with inflammation, and it requires some mindfulness and awareness to get wise to the true symptoms and triggers. Take some time to examine how your body feels so you can feel confident that the effort you are putting into improving your health is working.
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A gluten-free diet and a low-carb diet are two very different things. If you are trying to lose weight, going gluten-free may not be necessary, but avoiding processed wheat like cookies and pastries, processed carbohydrates and sweets, and increasing your vegetables, proteins and plant fats may be the best choice.
Fact: gluten-free breads and cookies that may be calorically and nutritionally worse than the gluten-rich product. If you want to follow a low-carb diet, you do not have to go gluten-free.
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Many blame gluten for their inflammation issues.
Yes, gluten could be the culprit, but it might be all the other processed ingredients. Rather than cutting out gluten (and not seeing results!), focus on clean eating and decreasing all the added ingredients that are found in processed food, and you might get the results you want.
It is easy to jump on the latest fad. Instead, create a plan that makes you feel good. Read ingredients, pay attention to your body and be sure you are eating in line with your goals.
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Avoiding gluten is not necessarily a guarantee of improved health.
Gluten is what makes food have great texture, bounce and fluffiness. Have you tasted some of the gluten-free breads out there? Not so fluffy. When food manufacturers remove the gluten, they usually have to add a lot of ingredients and fillers – all gluten-free, mind you – to make the food tasty.
A gluten-free cookie is still a cookie, and if it is filled with dozens of processed ingredients to improve texture, it might be unhealthier than a “normal” cookie.
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By Jae Berman, The Straits Times, adapted from Washington Post, February 2017
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