The trend for gluten free products has significantly gone up over the the last 5 years. More and more people are claiming to be gluten free. The funny thing is, if you were to ask them what that even means, half of them couldn't tell you. When new clients come to sit with me during their first nutrition consultation, many express their concern for a gluten free diet and tend to be the most over weight. If gluten free has the assumption by most to be a healthier alternative, then why are most finding it hard to lose weight. In fact, most people who reach for gluten free products don't have celiac disease and or even a sensitivity to wheat.
However, the grocery stores have capitalized on this trend and have created specific gluten free sections just for you! Funny though if you really look at what's on the shelf, its simply stocked with processed corn products and fake sugar that has no nutritional value. But hey, it's gluten free! Some are high in saturated fat cholesterol and others may be high in calories. A slew of herbal remedies have also hit the market, promising to ease gluten sensitivity. There’s little evidence that any of them help.
So what is celiac disease.....
Experts estimate that about 1% of Americans have celiac disease. The condition, caused by an abnormal immune response to gluten, can damage the lining of the small intestine. In turn, this can prevent important nutrients from being absorbed. If you haven't been tested, there are other ways to stay healthy.
The basis of a healthy, gluten-free diet, as with any diet, should be natural foods. Lean meats and fish, organic fruits and vegetables and low-fat dairy products are all safe for people with celiac disease. Grains that don’t contain gluten, such as quinoa and amaranth, are another healthy option. More and more products are being made with such grains, from bread to pasta.
Before you start a new diet or meal plan, make sure you are eating food based on your specific personal goals. Remember, you don't have to guess anymore. Set up your free consultation over the phone with me @email@example.com. Let us plan together!