Tuesday, March 31, 2015
This week I did some research on the differences between gluten free and gluten containing foods. Many people are going gluten free as the latest fad diet. The March 2015 Self magazine featured an article on the gluten free craze. For the people that are sensitive to gluten, have celiac, or are on a gluten free diet for autoimmune conditions gluten free is necessary. For the rest of the population gluten free is not the best option for weight loss or for your health. It typically has more sugar, carbs, and fats. In addition, it is not fortified with nutrients that we need. Many breads, pastas, cereals, and even junk food are fortified with B vitamins, iron, magnesium, and calcium. These are necessary nutrients to our diets. These vitamins and minerals are found to be deficient in people on a gluten free diet. Many studies have shown that people with Celiac and others on gluten free diets need to take supplements. The problem with undiagnosed Celiac is the damage has already occurred to the small intestine and makes absorption of these vital nutrients impossible until healing has occurred. People that think they have celiac should an tested before going on a gluten free diet.