Gluten Free

So many people are jumping onto the gluten-free movement, which may not be wise unless you have Celiac disease. Celiac disease is a genetic, autoimmune condition, triggered by eating products containing gluten and can result in severe gastrointestinal problems.

Most gluten-free products are not healthier. In fact, gluten is usually replaced with inferior substances with poor nutritional value. Often these replacements are fats, sugars, potato starch or other fillers that cause weight gain. Studies show many people who go gluten-free actually gain weight.

Some people report feeling better by eliminating gluten from their diet, even though they don’t have celiac disease. This is more likely an effect of eliminating Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO).

For me, it is more important to be GMO free than to be gluten-free. Genetically modified organisms cause gastrointestinal inflammation, resulting in pain, bloating, gas and reflux. Eventually, this results in poor absorption of nutrients.

The best way to eliminate GMO is to buy organic grains. So far, organic labeling still means GMO free. If you still desire to purchase gluten-free, read the labels and look for less sugar, fats and fillers. Eating less grains and more vegetables is also a good choice.