It’s really easy to think that all food that is labeled “gluten free” is healthy. I fell into that trap! When I realized that wheat products were affecting the mobility of my wrists, I exchanged the wheat-based crackers and cookies for rice- or corn-based crackers and cookies. Both challenge blood sugar and insulin balance and provide empty calories. Gluten Free Healthy Living eating plans can lack vitamins, minerals, and fiber just like diets containing wheat-based carbohydrates. Gluten free healthy living has to be intentional.
You’ve likely noticed the growing areas at the market for gluten free items. People with celiac disease absolutely cannot tolerate gluten; they don’t have a choice. Gluten causes serious damage to their intestinal lining and thwarts the absorption of nutrients. Other people, like me, choose to eliminate or minimize it. I feel better without it and believe that my gut is much healthier too. As I posted earlier this week, the herbicide glyphosate plays a huge role in my decision to stay away from non-organic wheat.
To LIVE YOUNGER, your body must have what it needs for repair and restoration. Daily living creates oxidation products that must be removed. Fruits and vegetables can provide many of the antioxidants to keep you running smoothly. Our “vehicle for life” needs certains kinds of fuel.
Gluten is the primary protein found in wheat. It contains a “gliadin” molecule that may be responsible for the increased inflammatory response along with glyphosate. Corn, rice, rye and buckwheat contain gluten but do not contain the gliadin molecule. Hence, they are usually safer, especially when organic. They key is to START SOMEWHERE a step at a time to eat organic as much as possible.
Whole grains that don’t contain gluten:
If you want to strictly avoid gluten, then the label must say Gluten Free or GF. Here are a few common ingredients and wording to avoid if you decide to stay away from gluten:
- Bran (rice and corn bran are safe)
- Vegetable protein
- Malt (corn malt is safe)
- Natural flavors
- Soy sauce (unless labeled GF)
This post only touches the surface on this controversial issue. If you are reading this, you obviously want to take better care of your body. There are many good books on the market. One that I enjoyed is Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter. Gluten free healthy living must be intentional. START SOMEWHERE today to give your body more of what it needs to LIVE YOUNGER. You can do it. I will help you.