But It Doesn’t Stop There..
You see, it's important to realize that gluten-free doesn't equal low-carb or healthier. In fact, its quite the opposite. So if losing weight is your goal, eating processed gluten-free product, may mean you are merely restricting your diet for no reason. Don’t get me wrong here, I’m not suggesting you eat gluten based products (ie grains such as wheat, oats, rye, spelt, Barley, Bran and Semolina) til your heart is content… If you read my previous article on the dangers of the Brisbane diet with high Wheat, Soy and Corn, you will know why – click here find out why.
Did you know that when manufacturers create a gluten-free product, they remove the
wheat protein from the food by swapping wheat flour with a starch such as:
o Rice starch (or brown rice starch)
o Tapioca starch
o Corn starch
o Potato starch
Furthermore, the missing gluten makes it difficult for breads and bakery products to retain their shape and softness when being cooked, so to alleviate this, additives (such as xanthum gum and hydroxypropyl methylcellulose) or starches named above are introduced. Extra sugar and fats are also added to the products to make them tastier.
Again, this results in gluten-free bread and products actually adding even more inches around your waistline.
To be honest, I don’t know why… In fact, I must admit, I nearly got sucked in the
word myself – it just sounded right. But those who know me well, know that I always do my research… I suppose people go with gluten free products because they experience some real or perceived sensitivity to gluten, and they replace wheat and gluten with gluten-free grain foods, provide similar convenience
Gluten Free Product (ie where gluten has been removed) – BIG MISTAKE?:
Gluten-free ingredients can have the following harmful effects on our body:
o It raises our blood sugar levels worse than wheat. If you don’t already know, wheat
is one of worst macronutrient for causing high blood sugar. Gluten free foods
added with junk carbohydrate ingredients is even worse.
o High blood sugar leads to insulin resistance and eventual diabetes
o Makes us put on weight especially abdominal visceral fat (well known cause of
hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer)
o High Blood sugar also leading to high triglycerides relating to dangerous small LDL
particles that cause heart attack.
o Glycation, which is a glucose modification of proteins, that is linked to cataracts,
knee and hip arthritis, hypertension, and heart disease.
So in my research, gluten-free foods can be a MIGHTY MISTAKE.
This poses the question SHOULD WE BE EATING GLUTEN-FREE FOODS, at least as they are currently consumed? Obviously if you have gluten sensitivity and/or celiac disease you shouldn’t eat gluten based foods. And if you are trying to be wheat or grain free, you shouldn’t eat gluten based foods as well..
So Why Minimise Wheat if You Are Healthy?
If you read my previous article on the dangers of the Brisbane diet with high Wheat, Soy and Corn, you will know why – click here find out why. The are a few other reasons I’d like to point out:
1. Did you know the gliadin protein in wheat is an opiate that stimulates appetite and
increases calorie consumption by an extra 440 calories per day. So if you need to
reduce your daily calorie count by around 440 per day, cutting wheat down is a
healthy way to do it.
2. The lectin in wheat, wheat germ agglutinin, is known to be directly toxic to the
intestinal tract causing multiple inflammatory diseases and leaky gut.
3. Disrupts fat burning hormone, leptin, causing sensitivity to fat burning
4. Two slices of whole grain bread increases blood sugar higher than 6 teaspoons of
Obviously there’s plenty more concerns of a high wheat diet, and I’m sure you get the gist now. When it comes to wheat with or without gluten, there is thought it may be a carefully crafted poison to the human body.
Wheat has been known as such a real destroyer of human health that it blows me away to think how many Brisbane People living on salad and ham/chicken multigrain sandwiches / wraps for lunch everyday, think they are actually eating a healthy meal… hmmm
Summing Up Gluten Free…
We now know converting to gluten free foods does not necessarily make you healthier or lose weight. I want you to think it this way:
o a gluten free muffin or a normal muffin is still a muffin (plenty of sugar and bad fat)
o a gluten free pizza is still a pizza (plenty of low GI carbs, sugar and bad fat)
o gluten free bread is still bread (Two slices increases blood sugar higher than 6 teaspoons of sugar)
o gluten free pasta is still pasta (it will give you a spike in your blood sugar levels)
o a gluten free cookie is still a sweet cookie (plenty of sugar and bad fat)
You see, they are still going to be high (in fact, probably higher) in sugar, carbs, additives and wrong fats.
So next time I wear my Brisbane Personal Training hat and someone asks me “What are
the best meal ideas with gluten free processed products?”.. I am gong to say “Why?” and “None... Why not enjoy a healthier choice of fresh vegetables or salad with an enjoyable protein balance where no gluten based grains, or sauces where gluten is present" - Isn't this Gluten Free?
So What Should I Eat If I’m Gluten Intolerant or Want to Reduce my Wheat Consumption …
HAVE FAITH & TAKE ACTION!
Helfi Joe, is the Owner & Chief Fitness Officer of Health and Fitness Australia of in Brisbane Southside, located in
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