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New research has looked at gluten-free foods, look at 1,700 products and found that gluten-free foods had more fat, saturated fat, salt and sugar than similar, traditional offerings.
Researchers at the University of Hertfordshire discovered that all gluten-free items had less fibre and less protein, but were 159 percent more expensive.
If you need to swerve gluten for healh reasons, make sure you’re picking your food wisely.
As you embark on your grain-free journey, it’s important to note that gluten-free doesn’t always equal healthy. In fact, there are some gluten-free ingredients you should absolutely always avoid.
Here are 4 top foods to steer clear of when buying gluten-free foods:
- Rice flour
- Tapioca starch
- Potato flour
These are the four ingredients most commonly used in gluten-free processed foods. They are awful for health and will completely shut down any hope of weight loss, often resulting in outright, sometimes outrageous, weight gain and inflammation.
Managing carbohydrates to improve control over metabolism and health means 100 percent avoidance of these terrible products marketed to an unsuspecting public thinking it’s eating healthy by avoiding gluten.
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Nothing raises blood sugar higher than the gluten-free junk carbohydrates in, say, gluten-free multi grain bread or gluten-free pasta—higher than even table sugar. Blood sugar that results from eating two slices of whole grain gluten-free bread made with potato flour, rice flour, and millet can easily top 180 mg/dL (in those without diabetes) over the first hour after consumption, regardless of the mayonnaise, meat, cheese, or other foods in the sandwich.
There are indeed some food producers that have developed gluten-free and grain-free products that don’t use junk carb ingredients and don’t raise blood sugar and so are safe, but they remain in the minority. (Better ingredients include coconut flour, almond meal and flour, and chia seed and flour, among others.)
Some of these healthier meals/flours cannot be purchased pre-ground and will need to be ground in a food chopper, coffee grinder, or food processor. This process usually only takes 30 to 60 seconds. Grind the whole food just until the desired texture is obtained—and no more, or you’ll end up with nut or seed butters.
This article originally appeared on rodalewellness.com; the tips come from William Davis, M.D.’s new book: Wheat Belly, 10-Day Grain Detox.
Still unsure whether to take the plunge? A new study suggests going gluten-free reduces fatigue & boosts brain power.