Going gluten free is the latest diet trend today. Many people believe that after going gluten free, they seem to be enjoying life more, sleeping better, having healthier skin, improved sex life and losing weight. The question is, how important is gluten in your diet?
A number of people are leaving their regular diet and opting for this new fad. Thus, researchers are publishing reports that suggest quite the contrary to the popular belief. Here are 6 reasons why gluten free diet is not the best option for you.
1. Why is going gluten free bad for you?
People who are coeliac intolerant cannot digest gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, barley and oats. For them, the only way to lead a healthy life is to avoid food and products containing gluten. This kind of diet is followed for a lifetime. But the same cannot be recommended for others. Simply because this kind of diet lacks many important nutrients that sums up to a proper healthy balanced diet. Also, a gluten free diet contains other elements that pose danger even to a healhty person. In fact, your body requires gluten as much as it requires other important nutrients. A Consumer Report shows that the protein found in gluten can assist you in reducing blood pressure, and maintaining a healthy triglycerides. It also keeps up with the healthy bacteria found in the digestive system.
2. Contains more fat, sugar and calories, leading to weight gain.
Products without gluten, especially commercially packed ones, are loaded with sugar, fats and calories in comparison to their gluten containing equivalent. Many researches have found that people in gluten free diet are gaining more weight than before. On the contrary, many have informed that they have lost weight after starting the diet. Dieticians say that it is mainly because they are omitting pasta and bread, or not eating muffins or cookies. Instead, they opt for fruits or anything that contains high fibre, gluten free whole grains. Next time you are grocery shopping, compare the calories, fat and sugar contain at the back of a gluten free pack with a non gluten free pack.
3. Less protein, lower in iron, calcium, and folic acid.
If you have a digestive system that can digest gluten, then you are blessed. Proteins in barley, wheat, oats are quite important for our metabolism. If you are cutting down on them, you are missing out on the proteins. Also, most of the gluten free food lack iron, calcium and folic acid. So, if you are really serious about going gluten free, you should substitute natural iron, folic acid fortified food with supplementary pills.
4. Contains artificial preservatives and processed oils.
Not only does a no-gluten product contains additional sugar, fats and calories, it also contains artificial preservatives, colouring, and flavours. In many cases, some products aimed for sugar free diets contain artificial sweeteners. Apart from these, many products contain processed oils such as vegetable, soy and corn. If a person who is allergic to gluten may also be allergic to corn. Make sure you buy products that are free from preservatives and processed oils.
Going on a no-gluten diet is expensive. Almost all the products you will find are more pricier than the regular counterparts. One of the main reasons assumed for such higher in price is based on the additional costs a manufacturer has to pay for certification and labelling regulations.
6. Don’t fall for the fad.
Let’s face it, many gluten free dieters (who are not coeliac intolerant) are following their favourite celebrities who are directly promoting gluten free diets. If a star like Gwyneth Paltrow says how amazing she feels after going gluten free doesn’t necessarily means you will feel the same. She may not be telling you in details her regular gluten free diet. More over, even if the front of the package shows a big gluten free written on it, you should check the list of ingredients at the back.