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Gluten Free

Gluten Free?

Gluten intolerance is when a person reacts badly to the protein gluten which is found in wheat, barley and rye products. More and more people are reporting symptoms of bloating, nausea, skin conditions, diarrhea, joint pain directly after consuming gluten. The increasing popularity of the paleo diet and it’s “no cereal grains” on top of this, has resulted in the gluten free aisle you may have noticed in your supermarket becoming bigger and bigger.

However it seems as though the recipes you can find online and the ready made gluten free products have also been dubbed “healthier” options. Customers seem to be buying things like gluten free bread buns or using online recipes for gluten free muffins and assuming that they are somehow healthier and a better option for someone looking for fat loss. So if you’re trying to lose weight is gluten free really something to be concerned about?

In my opinion that really depends on you. Try an experiment, completely remove gluten from your diet for a couple of weeks, reintroduce it and see how it makes you feel. If you feel any of the symptoms I mentioned above, then that could be a good sign that your body doesn’t react well to gluten and you can make a conscious decision to avoid it. Try and make a decision on how the food makes you feel rather than being told whether it is “good” or “bad” for you. I personally don’t actively avoid gluten, I would stick to my usual macro goals and if gluten happened to be part of that in some cases I wouldn’t worry about it. My diet choices tend to steer me away from gluten anyway so I don’t worry about it.

The only issue I have with gluten free is the idea of people making a choice thinking that the calories, fats and sugars are much lower and will fit into their macros. This is of course not always the case.

For example, I found 2 recipes for lemon meringue pie, one is gluten free, one isn’t. Here is a simple macro breakdown.

 

 

NORMAL

GLUTEN-FREE

CARBS

47g

49g

FATS

33g

35g

CALORIES

525

545

 

This is for one serving by the way!! So the gluten free recipe actually contains slightly more calories than the normal one. If you’re worrying about whether something is gluten free when you’re eating things like this you probably need to get your priorities right. Try to focus on if the macros work for you rather than if gluten is present. Many of the ready made products also contain various weird and wonderful ingredients to try and keep the same taste and texture, as someone who recommends trying to stick to “real” or 1 ingredient foods I wouldn’t recommend this type of product. Just look at this list for gluten free bread.

 

So perhaps try the gluten free test and see how you react to it. If you feel as though it doesn’t make you feel great, you can make adjustments to your eating habits to feel healthier. If you don’t notice a reaction, then don’t worry about it.

If you’d like to contact me, David, for nutritional or diet advice call 07919353614, email bally26@msn.com or via twitter @ballavont

 

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