For Faddish Foodies or Clever Carrots?
It seems ‘gluten-free’ is right up there with skinny jeans and french bulldogs as this season’s hottest accessory. Restaurants and cafes are falling over each other to come up with the most instagrammable gluten-free delight. So is gluten-free just the latest food fad or a legitimate means to better health?
What is gluten?
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, barley and oats.
Why go gluten-free?
Ever experienced abdominal pain, diarrhoea, bloating, excessive wind, lethargy, poor concentration, mental fogginess and general aches and pains?...Yep, us too.
Evidence suggests that cutting out gluten could spell the end of these symptoms, and 1.8 million gluten-free Australians agree.
In some people these symptoms may be a sign of gluten sensitivity. In others, it could be a sign of autoimmune disorder ‘Celiac Disease’ that impacts the digestive tract and other parts of the body.
While a diagnosis forces many down the gluten-free path, others decide to restrict or eliminate gluten to improve general health and wellbeing.
What are the benefits of a gluten-free diet?
Reducing or eliminating gluten from your diet can improve bowel health, concentration, energy levels, nutrient absorption and metabolism; while reducing flatulence, bloating and inflammation. Sounds pretty great right?
So if it’s gluten-free it must be healthy, right?
Next time you pick up a gluten-free cake pause before you give yourself a pat on the back. Just because it doesn't contain gluten doesn’t mean you’re out of the unhealthy woods quite yet. Gluten-free treats may still contain other elements that aren’t great for your health, such as sugar so always check the ingredients.
If you eliminate foods containing gluten and replace them with fresh fruits, veggies and nuts you will get more of the essential vitamins and minerals your body craves.
Will going gluten-free help me with weight loss?
Gluten-free does not necessarily equal fitspo. Foods containing gluten are typically those associated with weight gain (think pasta, bread, cakes, biscuits, pastries, pancakes and muffins). Replacing these with healthier alternatives can improve your wellness, but keep in mind that going gluten-free will not necessarily lead to overnight weight loss.
Is gluten-free only for gym-junkies and the latte-set?
Anyone can benefit from eliminating starchy foods from their diets if these are replaced with healthier options such as veggies, fruits and nuts. If you suspect you suffer from a gluten sensitivity or Celiacs disease consult your doctor.
What gluten-free foods will help me on my gluten-free journey?
Wherever you are on your health and wellness journey, Nuts about Life have you covered.
Start your day with our healthy gluten-free quinoa, cook up a big batch and serve it cold with almond milk and fresh fruits for breakfast.
Rid yourself of chocolate cravings with some goodies from our range of dried fruits or nuts - a healthy gluten-free alternative.
Got them Martha Stewart vibes?
Why not whip at some delicious baked goods using wheat-flour substitutes teff flour, organic coconut flour or almond meal?
The possibilities are endless!
Check out our full gluten-free range here.