With so many advertisements blasted in our faces every single day, it is so easy to believe all the marketing jargon that we’re slapped with. If you were to ask five different people around you what is Gluten Free my theory is that they won’t be able to tell you. Perhaps one will have an actual answer but is it accurate? Well this is why I’m writing this blog post today. I didn’t know what Gluten Free meant so I decided to do a little research. “Gluten-Free” does not necessarily mean it’s healthy or good for you, that is a common misconception.
What ignited my curiosity of the topic was one day when I was reading a comment from an article I was reading. I don’t remember what the article was exactly but it was about someone’s opinion of how they couldn’t stand when people had special requests when it comes to food. He went on to say if you’re allergic to something and can’t risk eating it – do the world a favor and don’t eat out. I now wish I kept up with the article so I can quote her but I’m just going to have to go by memory here.
Celiac Disease is what she had which is a terrible condition where her immune system attacks her small intestines because of a protein found in wheat and other related grains.
Gluten Free products are ideal for those that have wheat allergies. I personally have never known anyone to have a wheat allergy. As a matter of fact I’ve grown accustomed to believe that wheat is good for you, how it’s healthier to eat wheat bread over white bread. Either way, it’s bad if you have a wheat allergy.
If there is not an alarming amount of people who are allergic to wheat and other grains then why is Gluten Free pointed out so often? I think they do it because it is something to talk about. It’s a marketing tool advertisers use to catch people’s attention. If it sounds healthy the chances of them picking it up and buying it. Yes that “gluten-free”Betty Crocker brownie mix still has 150 calories (50 calories from fat), 25g carbohydrates, and 18g of sugar. Compare it to Betty Crocker’s Milk Chocolate Brownie Mix which has 180 calories (70 calories from fat), 25g carbohydrates, and 17g of sugar. It is not that much healthier at all. Opt in for a banana or any other fruit or heck just grab a chocolate protein shake if you’re hunger and just feel like having something chocolaty! I personally like Premier Protein Chocolate Shake. Compared to cake it has less calories from fat (25), more protein (30g), less carbohydrates (5g), and other important nutrients such as potassium, calcium, zinc, and many others. I like to drink this stuff for breakfast or lunch when I throw it into the blender with coffee ice cubes and a banana. Yum!
So there it is folks, if you see “gluten-free” on a product it doesn’t mean it’s healthy for you or that you should buy it. If you have a wheat allergy then you must know about this already. For those that are not sensitive to wheat (or the protein found in wheat and other related grains) perhaps this article will help you steer your attention and help you make a smarter buying decision in the future. 🙂
I would love to hear your thoughts on the matter, please comment below!