Not long ago, a consensus panel of nutrition experts claimed that gluten-free diet was a risk-free option for those who sought to both lose weight and increase their energy levels. All the hype (most of the times misleading) around the particular diet has turned many people into devoted followers in an attempt to lose weight and lead a healthier life. Even global franchise brands such as Pizza Hut and Domino’s have jumped on the “Gluten-Free Express” bandwagon. Supermarkets such as Tesco and Sainsbury’s now even stock ‘free from’ (Gluten free) ranges. These ranges are great for those actually suffering from a Gluten intolerance but this does not mean they are necessary ‘clean’ or ‘healthy’. The image below shows Sainsbury’s ‘Freefrom’ christmas cake and pastry range. These products may not be any healthier than other cakes or pastry just because they are advertised as Gluten-free.
What Is Gluten?
Before we determine the nature of the gluten-free diet, it’s important to find out a bit more about this misunderstood (ot not?) compound of proteins. Grains are a rich source of gluten with wheat, rye, and barley being its most popular representatives. However, gluten can be found in numerous other food products and alcoholic beverages such as cereal, soy sauce, and beer. When gluten cross-links with other substances, it tends to thicken making the dough elastic. This glue-like consistency is responsible for the chewy and rich texture of bread, cakes, cookies, pasta and everything that contains gluten.
How Did The Gluten Free Diet Come To Life?
It’s not often that a diet trend emerges out of the need to treat a serious medical condition, but in the case of the gluten-free diet, it couldn’t be more necessary. The truth is that some people suffer from the Celiac disease or are intolerant to gluten. This disease is a hereditary autoimmune disorder that attacks the small intestine each time the sufferer consumes foods packed with gluten. As a result, not only can’t these people eat certain foods, but they also may experience pain and severe discomfort.
Why Going Gluten-Free Isn’t Always A Healthy Choice
Going gluten-free has turned into one of the hottest food trends nowadays. This ever-growing craze is evident just by taking a quick look at the supermarket shelves. Gluten-free products have flooded the market encouraging people to adopt this diet. Meaning, you risk getting exposed to gluten-free foods that are not healthy. What does that mean? The gluten-free industry is booming right now. So, there is high chance that certain foods available on the market are not as healthy as they are supposed to be. In particular, some were found to be high in saturated fats, cholesterol and carbs such as sugar.
Gluten-Free Products and Sugar
While these products are the ideal choice for those who need to stay away from gluten due to medical reasons, they are not as healthy for those who are not suffering from the disease. The lack of gluten in the particular products is made up by adding more fat and sugar to make them more appetizing. As a result, such products tend to contain lots of sugar which may be harmful to your health and physique down the road. Such sugar overdose in simple products such as cakes and cookies can have a substantial impact on your blood sugar levels (among others). Some of them are also stripped out of their fiber and mineral content during the production process.
How To Choose The Best Gluten-Free Products
Considering all of the above, choosing which gluten-free products to consume can be a tricky business. However, here at The Naked Deli, the once-complicated and potentially harmful choice of gluten-free products became a walk in the breeze. Our Deli’s uses nothing more than natural products in an attempt to hi-jack foods with sugar and fat. As a result, all gluten-free products by The Naked Deli are not only delicious, but they are also healthy and stripped of refined sugar.
The True Point of Gluten-Free Diet
A gluten-free diet is the direct outcome of people’s need for “clean” eating and natural foods that offer them a way out of this unhealthy and commercialised world of processed food. In fact, this was the initial idea behind the gluten-free diet. According to it, people should eat fruit and vegetables, lean meats and fish, dairy products as well as grains that don’t contain gluten with amaranth and quinoa seeds being just two of them – this is our exact ethos here at The Naked Deli. There is no place for excessive amounts of sugar, fat, carbohydrates, and cholesterol which can only wear and tear your body functions.
Just keep it simple – there is no Gluten-free alternative to natural whole foods such as fruit, vegetables and meat – an apple doesn’t come with a Gluten free sticker! Wether your Gluten interlorant or not, if you eat natural, simple and real foods you will not need the Gluten free ‘alternative’.