Besides Gluten giving foods their lovely texture, it is an addictive substance, which is why it is popped into everything we eat.
When it is put into a muesli bar, it makes you want to eat more than one – this means you will buy more! It is the lovely stuff which makes bread soft and fluffy, and just so tasty, you just have to have one more piece. It is the texture in your cakes and the glue which binds your lollies together.
But remove gluten from your biscuits and bread, and suddenly that need for a second biscuit or slice of bread goes as well.
So what else is addictive? Sugar! As Julie Andrews in Mary
Sugar! As Julie Andrews in Mary
As Julie Andrews in Mary Poppins sang ” just a spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down, in the most delightful way”, we are more likely to reach for another mouthful of gluten free deliciousness if there is a large spoonful of sugar in it.
With more and more people opting for a gluten-free diet for health reasons, either because they have read that it is healthier for them, or that, like myself, they have issues with their digestion when they eat it, food companies are (at long last) jumping on the gluten-free bandwagon producing more and more gluten free options.
I spend a huge amount of my shopping time reading the back of labels – to see if gluten free foods contain dairy (as that is out for me too), but also to check for sugar. Just like ordinary bread, many gluten free options have sugar in them, as do cereals, nut bars, muesli bars etc etc.
So, unfortunately, by deciding to go Gluten Free, it does not instantly make the food healthy for you.
A few ways to ensure that your gluten free choices are in actual fact healthy is to look for Vegan and Paleo foods.
The Paleo diet does not include sugar as a food source, and most people who choose a vegan diet choose it for health purposes. I find when I pick up pre-packaged foods which say they are either, usually the product is full of healthy wonderfulness!
Picture courtesy of Natural news.
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