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 index1not 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: 
  1. Catherine Saxelby’s September Foodwatch Newsletter - foodwatch.com.au/blog/handy-stuff/item/September-foodwatch-newsletter-is-gluten-free-better-for-you.html
  2. Coeliac Australia - www.coeliac.org.au/diagnosis/


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