What is “Gluten-Free?”

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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!

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6 thoughts on “What is “Gluten-Free?”

  1. Thank you for your entry on this particular subject. I was just at the grocery store yesterday and noticed some “gluten free” products on the shelf. I was actually wondering what the “gluten free” meant. I think most people that have a wheat allergy or are sensitive to such things, probably already knew what it meant but I didn’t know until you explained it. Thank you!

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    • I knew I wasn’t the only one that wondered what it was! I think too many people accept bolded and highlighted words to mean “it’s healthy” when it comes to food. This is why I posted this to help people like you become aware. 🙂 I’m glad I could help.

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  2. Yup. I feel like it’s a sorta fad diet thing and always have. The only people who need gluten-free stuff are people with celiac disease, but those folks are few and far between. I knew someone who, while not gluten intolerant at all, said she was so everyone kept her from eating bread and junk like that. So she could loose weight. :/

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    • It’s true that avoid bread and other carbs can help with weight loss for sure but I think people should know that avoiding the carbohydrates can help you lose weight not the fact that companies claim that the product is “gluten-free.”

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  3. Not everyone knows that bread turns into sugar once it enters your body. Most people will just cut out the sugar and think that is enough, but it is not. There are other things that turn into sugar once they enter your system and bread is one of those things. I’ve learned that when my hubby became a diabetic. There are lots of things that you have to learn about when you have diabetes. Carbs is another thing. My hubby is always checking carbs on everything before putting it in the basket.

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  4. I haven’t had any gluten free products before. I have noticed an increase in gluten free options that you can buy. Even major brand names are starting to produce GF products- I was surprised to see gluten free yogurt at the store the other day. I think the yogurt was called Alpina. It’s good that people who have to eat gluten free for health reasons have more appetizing food choices. As far as people who are on this diet for reasons besides health, I think GF is a fad diet and will past kind of like paleo is too.
    Interesting article on gluten free food being just as bad: http://www.petersbooth.com/2015/07/06/new-study-finds-gluten-free-food-just-as-unhealthy/.

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