• Is Gluten Free Worth It?

    by Dr. Susan Sklar
    on Jun 4th, 2014

Those with celiac disease enjoy more gluten free options! That’s the advertising for a food guide that offers 44,000+ foods in gluten free form.  Maybe there is a gluten free vendor expo in your city.  These have been popping up all over the country.  The food industry, not wanting to miss out on a financial opportunity, is promoting health damaging gluten free products.  Yes, you can damage your health eating pretzels, English muffins, macaroni and cheese, etc. etc. etc.  These are foods that damage your health even if you eat them gluten free.  They damage your health even if you don’t have celiac disease.  How?  They are refined carbs (starches and sugars).  They are harmful for health in many ways.

1. They wreck havoc on your blood sugar regulation system.  Whether gluten free or not, refined flours (white and whole wheat) cause an abrupt rise in blood sugar.  This causes inflammation, the underlying cause of all chronic diseases (cardiovascular, cancer, Alzheimer’s).  We know that diabetics have a higher rate of heart disease and Alzheimer’s because of this.

2. They sap your energy.  After your blood sugar skyrockets from eating refined carbs, it then comes crashing down.  This causes you to feel very tired about 1 ½ hours after eating.  What do you do to increase energy?  Maybe have a donut or candy bar with some sugar laden coffee and start the process all over again.

3. They make you fat.  High carbs in your diet turn into fat that goes on your mid abdomen and into your liver, causing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NALFD).

4. They sap your essential nutrients.  Magnesium, B vitamins and chromium are some of the nutrients that get depleted when you eat refined carbs.

5. They change the composition of the healthy bacteria in your gut.  This makes you more likely to gain weight, feel anxious or depressed, and have gastrointestinal symptoms.

Is that enough reason to avoid eating refined carbs, whether gluten free or gluten containing?

So, what’s the alternative?  Eat grain free.  That’s right.  I know you’ve been told that grain is the staff of life and that you get important vitamins from grains.  These myths have been promoted by the food industry and the grain lobby (very powerful). 

Author Dr. Susan Sklar

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