‘Gluten-free prod­ucts of­ten con­tain ar­ti­fi­cial in­gre­di­ents’

Woman (UK) - - Health Report -

Jenna Hope is a nu­tri­tion­ist reg­is­tered with the as­so­ci­a­tion For nutri­tion. For more, visit jen­na­hopenu­tri­tion.com.

‘as a re­sult of mod­ern so­ci­ety’s fast­paced lives and daily stresses, many in­di­vid­u­als are suf­fer­ing with im­paired gut health. this, com­bined with the pop­u­lar gluten-free trend and rise in gluten-free prod­ucts, means peo­ple have be­gun self-di­ag­nos­ing with gluten al­ler­gies and in­tol­er­ances. how­ever, only 1% of the uk pop­u­la­tion have gen­uine coeliac dis­ease. Gluten-free prod­ucts are help­ful for these con­di­tions to stop suf­fer­ers miss­ing out on treats, such as cakes and bis­cuits, but these prod­ucts shouldn’t be eaten ex­ces­sively. You’re bet­ter off fo­cus­ing on a nat­u­rally gluten-free diet – your body and purse will thank you later! Some peo­ple wish to avoid gluten as they feel bet­ter with­out it, but they need to be aware that gluten-free prod­ucts aren’t nec­es­sar­ily health­ier. they of­ten con­tain more ar­ti­fi­cial in­gre­di­ents, to main­tain the struc­ture of the prod­uct, which changes when gluten is re­moved. and, even though an item is free from gluten, doesn’t mean that it’s free from sugar, ar­ti­fi­cial sweet­en­ers and chem­i­cals. What’s more, gluten-free di­ets can be higher in sat­u­rated fats and trans-fatty acids, as well as be­ing wor­ry­ingly low in fi­bre, and, in ad­di­tion, you could be miss­ing out on im­por­tant vi­ta­mins and min­er­als too.’

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