Walk Talk Nutrition on the gluten free fad

GlutenFreeWe are annoyed by the “gluten-free” hysteria.

While we don’t dispute that people with true celiac disease absolutely must avoid foods containing the protein gluten, we do dispute the use of the term “gluten-free” to imply that a food is healthy.  Main point: Gluten Free does not equal “healthy”.  Sometimes quite the opposite.

Popular Misconceptions

  • Gluten is a toxin
  • Gluten makes you fat
  • Wheat is higher in gluten now than before due to plant breeding
  • GF foods are always healthier for you – health halo
  • Food labels with misleading “GF” tags on foods that ordinarily would never have GF to begin with.  Analogous to “fat-free” labels on juice.

WTNreducedlogoJimmy Kimmel’s hilarious YouTube video featuring ‘gluten-free’ Los Angelenos:  https://youtu.be/AdJFE1sp4Fw

Whole Grains Council information on GF whole grains:  http://wholegrainscouncil.org/whole-grains-101/gluten-free-whole-grains

Sample GF meals that include both from scratch and GF processed foods:  https://celiac.org/live-gluten-free/7-day-gluten-free-meal-plan/

Meals you can make at home with GF ingredients:

  • Oats* + dried fruit
  • brown rice + salmon + grilled asparagus
  • corn tacos with fish, chicken, beans, cheese, etc
  • Kasha (buckwheat groats) + milk
  • Quinoa salad with feta cheese
  • Stir fried tofu and broccoli, garlic, etc
  • Grilled chicken, sweet potatoes, green beans
  • Cobb salad
  • Smoothie

WebMD on Celiac & Gluten sensitivity:http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/celiac-disease/features/gluten-intolerance-against-grain

Celiac disease basic info:  NIDDK:  http://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/health-topics/digestive-diseases/celiac-disease/Pages/facts.aspx

Gluten-free grains

  • Amaranth
  • Buckwheat
  • Corn
  • Millet
  • Oats*
  • Quinoa
  • Rice
  • Sorghum
  • Teff
  • Wild Rice

*Oats are inherently gluten-free, but are frequently contaminated with wheat during growing or processing. Several companies (Bob’s Red Mill, Cream Hill Estates, GF Harvest (formerly Gluten Free Oats), and Avena Foods are currently among those that offer pure, uncontaminated oats. 

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