Specialist Gluten-Free Food Is Packed With Sugar and Calories
For many people following a gluten-free lifestyle is essential to staying healthy as they are fully diagnosed with Coeliac Disease, however, some people choose to follow the diet as they believe they have an intolerance. Whatever the reason, experts now warn that gluten-free food is packed with more sugar and calories than regular food and so is more likely to encourage weight gain.
More people than ever are buying into the gluten-free trend.Not necessarily because they are suffering from coeliac disease, but because it is has achieved a bit of a ‘health halo’ status. Just the mention of ‘gluten-free’ on a packet seems to endow some mystical health benefit to it.There has been an explosion in gluten-free products, fuelled in small part by a genuine growth in coeliac disease which has increased fourfold over the past 20 years. However, much of the drive behind the increase is due to many other things.The publicity around a lower carbohydrate diet, celebrity influence and manufacturers’ knowledge that they can charge a premium for gluten-free products – more than twice as much in many cases – has all garnered interest.
This is not good news for Coeliac Suffers, who want to maintain a healthy body by changing their diets and do not want to then gain weight unnecessarily. Manufacturers have packed the range of goods available with sugar and salt to make them taste more appetizing. So in conclusion, if you are a coeliac and therefore need to follow a gluten-free lifestyle then it may be best to stick to a “meat and 2 veg” type of main meal!