The number of people following a gluten free diet has tripled over the last few years. While many celebs have promoted the weight-loss benefits of going gluten-free, eliminating gluten won’t do your waistline special favours if you’re just replacing processed, packaged foods with their gluten-free versions.
However, if you’re someone who suffers from celiac disease or has a gluten sensitivity, following a gluten-free diet is the BEST way to manage your condition and prevent symptoms, such as bloating, gas, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. But keeping up with a gluten-free diet means more than just avoiding bread. There are many foods with hidden sources of gluten, like soy sauce, deli meats, potato chips, and salad dressings.
3 Mistakes That Are Common With a Gluten-Free Diet.
1. You’re binging on highly processed gluten-free foods.
From cookies and cakes to breads, crackers, and pasta, there are many gluten-free food options at the grocery. While these foods are convenient, many of them aren’t exactly healthy. In many cases, the gluten-free label is just a health halo.”In these products, gluten is often replaced with extra fat or sugar to get more flavour. Instead, focus on eating whole foods that are naturally gluten free, such as fruits and vegetables, lean protein, healthy fats, beans, nuts and seeds, and dairy. Reserve packaged foods as an occasional treat.
2. You don’t read the ingredients labels of foods carefully.
To be successful on a gluten-free diet, you’ll need to learn how to read labels. Gluten is a protein found in many different whole grains. Keep an eye out for wheat, barley, rye, brewer’s yeast, spelt, farro, oatmeal, wheat, germ, and wheat bran. Brewer’s yeast can be found in both beer and wine, so be sure to read the labels. Many canned soups use wheat flour as a thickener, deli meats and soy-based meat substitutes may have wheat, and granola bars—even those that are nut-based—may have traces of gluten. Check out this list of foods from the Celiac Disease Foundation that may have hidden sources of gluten.
3. You’re forgetting non-food gluten culprits.
Believe it or not, hygiene products might not be totally gluten-free. Products like toothpaste, mouthwash, lipstick, lip balm, and nutritional supplements and certain medications may contain gluten. . Keep an eye out for these products you might ingest.
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