Gluten-Free Does NOT Mean It's Healthy!

As a Holistic Nutrition Educator, over and over I hear people say, "It's Gluten-Free" - like that's a GOOD thing! 

While reducing or avoiding gluten in our diet may be a healthier choice, especially for those with Celiac disease or "wheat intolerance", replacing it with highly refined gluten-free food products isn't a good idea. Just because an item in labeled "gluten-free" does NOT mean it's healthy!

Gluten-free products are often made with highly refined grains and are low in nutrients, loaded with sugar, salt, unhealthy fats, and preservatives, and are high in calories.

The problem with gluten-free products is that they’re even more refined than their gluten-containing counterparts. I encourage all of my patients to avoid processed foods, because the original food loses a great deal of nutrients during the refining process. In order to process gluten-free flours, manufacturers use other grains and starches such as flours made from rice, potatoes, corn, and tapioca. While these flours are naturally free of gluten, they’re still highly refined grains that can cause a spike in blood sugar higher than that of their whole grain counterparts.
— Dr. Amy Myers

A healthy, gluten-free diet includes nutrient dense, anti-inflammatory foods such as healthy fats, lean clean proteins, organic produce, and gluten-free whole grain (rice, quinoa, buckwheat, amaranth, millet, etc.). As always, if you choose to consume cookies, breads, and snack "foods", they should be consumed only as occasional treats - whether they're gluten-free or not.

Happy, Healthy, Gluten-Free Living!