Is going Gluten Free healthy?
So many people are opting to go Gluten Free. Should you join the trend?
Here's some interesting "Did you Know facts" from our accredited in-house dietitian Kathryn of Radiant Health Nutrition.
Did you Know?
- that gluten-free (GF) foods need to be eaten by people with coeliac disease or non-coeliac gluten intolerance1
- that the only way to reliably detect coeliac disease is with a small intestine biopsy2 – speak to your GP or a dietitian before starting a GF diet
- that GF eating doesn’t necessarily mean foods are healthier?
- Gluten-free eating may have been a healthier option when choosing gluten-free foods meant using GF breads and pasta, more fresh fruit and veg, dairy and fresh meat and GF alternatives. But there is now a wide range of GF junk food – muffins, pizza, biscuits, cakes, muesli bars – a person requiring a GF diet can now still eat plenty of unhealthy foods!
- that eating GF foods if you don’t need to may mean that you are eating foods with a higher glycaemic index1 – not helpful for optimal blood sugar levels in people with diabetes, and not as satisfying as lower glycaemic index foods.
Written by: Kathryn Evans
Accredited Practising Dietitian
B App Sc (Med Sc),
M Nutr Diet
For more information or to consult directly with Kathryn of Radiant Health Nutrition contact Spectrum Gym 3889 8888.
Reference Information taken from:
- Catherine Saxelby’s September Foodwatch Newsletter - foodwatch.com.au/blog/handy-stuff/item/September-foodwatch-newsletter-is-gluten-free-better-for-you.html
- Coeliac Australia - www.coeliac.org.au/diagnosis/