Whole Grain Products Are Good For You – Gluten Free Is A Poor Diet Choice

wheat-harvest Source Why you shouldn’t go gluten-free
1 percent of the population has celiac disease and may need to reduce gluten in their diets.
Avoiding gluten in your diet can lead to health problems.

Gluten is a protein found in many grains, including wheat, rye and barley. It’s found in most breads, cereals and pastas.

A gluten-free diet won’t provide a benefit, said Katherine Tallmadge, a dietitian and the author of “Diet Simple.” What’s more, people who unnecessarily shun gluten may do so at the expense of their health, Tallmadge said. That’s because whole grains, which contain gluten, are a good source of fiber, vitamins and minerals, Tallmadge said. Gluten-free products are often made with refined grains, and are low in nutrients.

If you embrace such a diet, you’ll end up “eating a lot of foods that are stripped of nutrients,” Tallmadge said. Studies show gluten-free diets can be deficient in fiber, iron, folate, niacin, thiamine, calcium, vitamin B12, phosphorus and zinc, she said.

Heather Mangieri, a nutrition consultant and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, agreed. “There’s nothing magical about eliminating gluten that results in weight loss,” Mangieri said. “Any of us that eliminates or removes cookies and candies from our diets, and replaces them with fruits and vegetables is going to feel better.”

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7 responses to “Whole Grain Products Are Good For You – Gluten Free Is A Poor Diet Choice

  1. I like this blog, but I think that statement is a load of codswallop. There is nothing in grains that can’t be eaten in meat and vegetables, and I know a growing number of people who feel and function better without grains (myself included). I am slightly puzzled that other people are so..angry? or hostile? about this – my not-eating-grains is no more annoying than having a vegetarian round for dinner, or a Jewish person who must eat kosher, or a Muslim person who adheres to halal food.
    Having said that, I think “gluten replacements” such as concoctions of bizarre flours to make fake bread – I don’t see the point or the appeal.

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    • Hi, Thanks for finding time to visit my little blog.
      Unless I misread my own posting I never said don’t eat meat or vegetables, that meat and vegetables are bad for you.
      What I said was 1 percent of the population has celiac disease and may need to reduce gluten in their diets.
      Avoiding gluten in your diet can lead to health problems.
      But at you table, the choices are still yours and yours alone.

      Happy spring gardening

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      • Yes, you never said to not eat meat and veg – but what health problems does not-having-gluten cause?

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        • Eeeek, I got it! Out missed matched conversation is on the word gluten. Gluten is not at issue. The issue is that people for what ever the reason that avoid grain based products, that by an accident of nature has gluten in them also miss out on a lot of nutrition contained in grains. Fiber, vitamins, minerals, iron, folate, niacin, thiamine, calcium, vitamin B12, phosphorus and zinc are a few of them. But again whether you chose to eat or avoid grains and grain based products is a personal choice. I was simply ‘trying’ to point out you are also missing out on a lot of nutrition when you avoid grain and grain based products.
          FYI – I now have my fall holiday turkey in a brooder and plan to get another soon for a winter holiday feast.
          Happy warm spring gardening

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  2. Interesting fact! Luckily I do not have allergy and can eat almost anything/ I enjoy gluten-made mock meat usually found in vegetarian restaurant and boy do they taste like meat 😀

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  3. Amen! I think most of these gluten freebies are looking for some kind of shortcut weight loss program.

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  4. I agree! Unless you’ve been diagnosed with celiac problems, why would you pay more for something that says “gluten free” and deprive yourself of a natural food?

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