Top 15 Reasons Why You Might Want to Think Twice About Going Gluten Free

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Going on a gluten free diet is all the rage right now, with celebrities and health “experts” all weighing in on just how healthy, clean, and wonderful it all is. Just in 2010, Americans shelled out more than $206 billion on gluten free foods. By the end of 2014, that number is expected to reach $7 billion, according to statistics by the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness. Why has the market for gluten free foods gone through the roof? It’s not because there are more and more people being diagnosed with Celiac disease (which is a complete intolerance to gluten), but rather because many people are looking for a quick fix for their health problems, especially for those who are hoping to drop some weight. But is a gluten free diet really as wonderful as celebrities such as Paris Hilton says it is? Or is it more hype to sell you something you don’t really need? Find out the delusions about a gluten free diet. Many people look to certain groups of foods as “bad” or as the cause of all their problems. They imagine that if they drop gluten (or some other food) from their diet that all their weight problems will disappear, they will have pristine health, and get a promotion at work. Well, OK, so maybe you don’t imagine the promotion part, but if you are serious about going gluten free, here are a few things you should consider before you do so.

1. Going Gluten Free Does Not Necessarily Mean Healthier Eating

Many people think that if they cut all gluten out of their diets that this means that they are eating a super healthy diet. Unfortunately, too many people decide to start their new gluten free diet by going to the store and stocking up on gluten free foods, such as gluten free bread, cake, ice cream, and anything else they can find in the supermarket that has a gluten free label on it. Substituting gluten free cake for regular cake is not a healthier exchange! It’s like substituting brown sugar for white sugar; it’s still sugar, no matter what color it is. If you truly want to make your gluten free diet healthier, you should be substituting those things you would normally eat for more fresh, organic fruits and veggies, looking into alternatives such as zucchini or squash pasta, and making fruit cups for dessert. Gluten free does not automatically equal healthier eating or healthier eating habits!

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  1. Joss

    Feb 19, 2015 at 1:15 am

    This article is horse shit. Why are you trying so hard to dissuade people from going gluten-free? A huge factor that you don’t seem to understand is that for people who are going gluten-free for health reasons often do their research and end up going completely grain-free. That’s where you’ll start to see health benefits; it’s also where your article falls short. On an ending note:

    “Kids in school who suffer from Celiac disease often have food thrown at them or they are called ‘special.’ People will smirk at you behind your back, laugh at how ridiculous you are being, call you ‘high maintenance’…”

    Are you kidding me? Did you try to go gluten-free and someone bullied you? This is absolutely ridiculous. People, do your research- this “writer” sure didn’t. He or she also doesn’t seem to edit his or her work before publicizing. Only 6 shares, thank goodness!

    • mike3481

      Feb 19, 2015 at 2:18 am

      Exactly, and their ”research” failed to turn up the nasty (to them) little fact that humans are not designed to eat grains… PERIOD!

      I’d recommend they view the documentary “In Search of the Perfect Human Diet”, other than the guy who nearly dropped dead of a heart attack at 28, everyone else in the doc. is a M.D. or a PhD and their evidence is irrefutable, that is if one is intellectually honest.

      • StevetheHun

        Feb 20, 2015 at 6:53 pm

        Bravo! That is a great movie.

        Also read Taube’s book, “Why we get fat”.

  2. StevetheHun

    Feb 20, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    Worst. “reasons” Ever.

    Yes, gluten is bad. Eating a carbohydrate based diet is bad. Avoiding wheat and then eating a lot of other grain based carbohydrates instead of wheat is bad. We give grain to cows to make them fat. They get sick when we feed them grains.

    But we’re supposed to believe that eating a grain based diet will make us thin. Who was the idiot who thought that one up?

    Fact is, you need to eat a ketogenic diet that burns fat.

  3. StevetheHun

    Feb 20, 2015 at 6:54 pm

    I don’t get called names by idiots because I don’t speak to idiots. Problem solved.

  4. Jiro Miyashita

    Jun 25, 2015 at 7:42 am

    Eating a gluten-free, clean, fresh, and healthy diet will go a long way in helping you boost your metabolism, lose weight, get lean, and put you on the path to the healthiest you have ever been.