When taking the plunge to go on a gluten-free diet, the aforementioned grains, or foods derived from them, must be removed completely from the diet…and that can include toothpaste! Now this is where many get tripped up…Pasta, bread, crackers, and the like are the easiest to remove, but it’s the sneaky foods below, just to name a few examples, that cause issues with gluten free living, including:
- sauces (think soy sauce)
- vitamin and mineral supplements
- french fries (that were dusted in flour before frying)
- processed cheese (picture Velvetta)
- root beer
- veggie burgers
- even cross-contaminated oats (unless certified gluten free),
Who knew? Many don’t! And so while you might be eliminating healthy grains or the obvious pasta, you might still be ingesting gluten through more covert sources. It takes diligence to keep gluten at bay. What’s more, when gluten is removed, salt, sugar, or hidden sugary starches are typically added to compensate for gluten’s omission, and so healthier eating is assumed. The reality? You might be consuming additional, but unrealized calories, sodium, or sugar, all at the cost of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and more!
Now is a good time to drop the notion:
“I’m healthier because I’m (paleo) and/or gluten free!’
TRUTH: I’m shooting straight!
IF you suspect you have a gluten issue or celiac, work with your physician to diagnose correctly with a blood test, and unless you are diagnosed with celiac disease or gluten allergies and/or sensitivities, there’s no reason why healthy amounts of gluten rich grains cannot be a part of your healthy diet. There’s really no scientific evidence to back gluten-free foods as being healthier, and truth be known, any change to one’s diet will almost always result in some weight loss, since more mindful eating is required to omit foods/food groups.
If you are drowning in the vast sea of nutritional confusion, you’re not alone! In my 3 and 6 month programs, we will work together to identify your personal health goal and the lifestyle to support it! No confusion! It starts with a thoughtful conversation. Are you ready?