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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