Gluten Free Diet (GFD)
Hey Team, today I want to start a series of posts addressing popular diet trends we see and quickly give you a better understanding of the pros & cons so you can make more informed decisions before adapting your own eating regime.
Let’s kick things off with GLUTEN FREE DIET (GFD)
What Is GLUTEN?
Gluten is a protein that is found in wheat and similar type products. The standard NZ diet is generally high in products containing gluten due to ease of production, versatility and nutritional content. We have been led to believe that we should ingest a large amount of these types of foods from the healthy food pyramid since the day we are born.
Who should AVOID:
Who should RESTRICT:
What does the research show?
Outside of the 1% of the population unlucky enough to have Celiac Disease then avoiding gluten is unlikely to promote any substantial health benefits or aid in weight loss. 100% I believe the majority of us could do with reducing gluten or carb intake especially if you suffer IBS or IBS like symptoms then try removing gluten from your diet to see if that eliminates those issues. Also be aware gluten is a very common product in processed foods so perhaps rather than eliminating whole food sources of gluten eliminate/minimise processed foods first, over time reintroduce various forms of gluten to your diet to better understand your body and what it tolerates. Knowledge is power!
If you want to try a GFD regime here are some naturally GF occurring foods: