Gluten Free Isn't All It's Cracked up to Be Here's Why You Should Keep Eating It ...


My son eats gluten-free because he has an intolerance that makes life pretty miserable when he does eat it. However, when we began our quest to find out what was going on with his digestion, all of the experts we consulted strongly cautioned against going gluten free unless there was a medical reason to do so. For some reason, eating gluten free has gained in popularity among the Hollywood crowd. You should never start eating gluten free without advice from a doctor because it does pose the risk of health issues if you don’t do it properly. Here are several compelling reasons to skip the gluten free trend unless you have to eat that way.

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You Need Carbs

Yes, you can get them from other sources, but many people make the mistake of thinking that no carbs is a good idea. The truth is that your body needs carbs because they are your main source of energy. The trick is to get them from the right sources. Whole wheat is one prime carb and eating gluten free means you can’t eat it. Other whole grains are helpful too.


Nutritional Deficiencies

Foods that contain gluten – mainly the grain foods - are a great source of a bunch of vitamins and minerals you need for good health. Skipping them sets you up for the risk of deficiencies. That includes iron and B vitamins. Be cautious because this can lead to anemia, lowered energy levels and other scary health issues.


Fiber Intake

One of the most challenging things I face when shopping for my son is the fiber content in gluten free products. Much of them are made with white rice flour or potato flour, which puts him at risk of not getting enough fiber. Skipping grain foods poses this risk to anyone on a gluten free diet. You’ll have to shop very carefully to find foods rich in fiber as replacements. Unless you have to be gluten free, it’s easier to just eat the normal stuff.


It’s Hard

Once you go gluten free, eating becomes something you’ll have to be much more conscious of. Going out to dinner will require careful scrutiny of the menu and shopping for groceries takes longer as you’ll be reading all the labels to be sure you can eat a given item. Trust me – if you don’t have to, don’t do it!


Not a Weight Loss Cure

The likely reason you lose weight when going gluten free is because you aren’t eating as many carbs. Regardless of how much gluten you’re eating, that can lead to pounds lost. However, as I said above, you need some carbs for energy. If you want to lose weight, it’s better to just make sure you’re burning more calories than you consumer rather than trying to eliminate gluten for no reason.


It’s Not Always Healthier

Many people make the mistake of thinking that gluten free is healthier. That’s simply not true. A jumbo marshmallow is gluten free, but that doesn’t make it a good food choice, right? Just because something is gluten free doesn’t make it an automatic healthy thing to eat.


It’s Pricey

Let me tell you that you don’t want to shell out for gluten free food unless you have to. How about this for a reality check - $7 for a loaf of bread, $4 for one muffin and $2 for a single cereal bar. If I didn’t have to buy those things, I wouldn’t. I would never compromise my son’s health for a few bucks, but those gluten free items can really jack up your grocery bill.

Do you eat gluten free? What are your reasons?

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Usually results are due to the initial shock the body endures when making such drastic changes.. See how you feel in 3 yrs and then decide ...

Gluten free isn't the answer for weight loss

I have type 1 diabetes and since i started a gluten free/poor dieet my iron deficiency has gone up and it has been low my whole life, not only that but i dont need insulin anymore wich is amazing, i agree its hard and i wouldnt do it if id didnt make these big of a changes ( and because my parets force me to 😂 ) but iam glad i dont need insulin because of gluten free anymore

I've been coeliac for ten years and it is the hardest thing I've ever had to do

I have been gluten free for almost 5 years now (I have celiac) and i completely agree with this article. I would never choose to go gluten free willingly. And gluten free food costs so much money,every time I buy food it makes annoyed.

Some autoinmune diseases have been linked to gluten, so they get much better when you go gluten free, as Hashimoto's hypothyroidism and some Diabetes 2, and arthritis.... The reason to go Gluten free is not only being a Celiac, if you yurt feel better, it Is enough reason to do it!

I disagree with this, our bodies a hard time digesting gluten as it is

I've been medically diagnosed as allergic to gluten. I've been so much happier and more energetic since becoming gluten free two years ago!

My health has improved since going gluten free. I have more energy, ive lost weight and grocery bill is less since i dont buy a lot of what i used to. So...

I don't see what the big deal with going gluten free is. I don't eat bread, of any kind. I don't need muffins, donuts, cakes, cookies or pasta. I don't eat any special gluten free foods, they are expensive. I get fiber from fruits and vegetables. I made my choice for health reasons and it has helped drastically. Do what is right for yourself, regardless of marketing, articles, people's opinions etc. It is YOUR body, take care of it.

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