The gluten free diet has become more mainstream these days. It’s not that celiac disease is really on the rise, it just seems to be catching on more with people looking for a way to lose weight. Yes, there are topics about the genetic re-engineering of grains such as wheat and how they may be making us sick in some ways. And I do know that there are genuine gluten sensitive people who experience less bloating, less stomach cramps and other health benefits from eating a gluten free diet.
But I’m not talking about people like this, I’m only referring to people looking for a weight loss option.
So what exactly is gluten? Wikipedia’s definition is “a protein composite found in foods processed from wheat and related grain species, including barley, rye, and spelt.”
When I see signs for “Gluten Free Doughnuts” and “Gluten Free Cupcakes”, I can’t help but cringe for the majority of people buying these products. There is a misconception that gluten free = healthier. Don’t forget that when you eat a doughnut or cupcake that there is still a ton of sugar and fat in these products whether it’s gluten free or not.
That is simply the point I’m trying to get across. If you are only wanting to eat gluten free for weight loss reasons don’t get tricked into eating doughnuts and cupcakes thinking that they are ok since there is no gluten. Sugar and fats will still be a part of the product.
Check out this funny video from Jimmy Kimmel about people eating a gluten free diet without even knowing what gluten is.
If you’re going to jump on the no gluten bandwagon at least know that it’s not a good weight loss tool. Stick with the old fashion lower calories, more exercise to get you to your goals! 🙂