A gluten-free diet does not need to be hazardous to the health. Recently published information implies that gluten-free foods can lead to nutrient deficiencies and illnesses as well as unnecessary weight gain and that these risks far outweigh the benefits of a GF diet.
Speaking as a patient whose wheat allergy took an elimination diet to diagnose and whose medical problem created the non-typical list of symptoms including a weight gain of 25-35 pounds of unwanted fat, additional weight gain from the types of foods ingested is not a pleasant option. There are ways to combat this risk that are simple and may be implemented without a lot of stress or frustration and certainly without nutritional risk.
Consumers have been counseled for years that the most nutritious foods found in any grocery store tend to be located in the aisles along the perimeter of most grocery stores. This is not always true but is a good rule of thumb when searching for foods that are gluten-free, healthy, and filled with vitamins and minerals. Produce, meats, dairy (if dairy is not a health risk for the patient), and frozen vegetables can all be found in the outer aisles in many of the stores visited in the Southern New Jersey area.
Two favorite locations are the Shoprite on Landis and Lincoln Avenues in Vineland and the Shoprite located on Delsea Dr. in Millville, NJ. When you first enter both facilities you are almost immediately greeted by a deliciously well-stocked produce section which is filled with the colours needed to get necessary nutrients a body will use to live, thrive and heal. It is a proven fact that the more colours that are added to a cart (or diet) the more nutritional factors it contains.
Additionally, a variety of gluten-free grains to keep fiber high and varied nutrients in the food supply is essential to a balanced diet. Grains such as quinoa, amaranth, millet, and sorghum are excellent sources for bread-making that provide nutrients that the body requires. Admittedly these grains do not always equal the sometimes higher protein levels found in wheat but they will be helpful resources for anyone trying a gluten-free diet. These seeds tend to be filled with essentials like amino acids and complex carbohydrates which will keep a body energized and healing. Some grains are missing one or two vitamins needed by the body for proper function but these nutrients can be obtained through a balanced diet of vegetables and fruits in conjunction with the new grains added to the (new) food regimen.
It is essential when undertaking any dietary change that a healthcare provider be included in the plan to monitor any changes in health and wellness.