GLUTEN FREE vs. LOW GLYCEMIC
Gluten free diets are not necessarily healthier diets or recommended for weight loss and diabetes. Many gluten free products are high in calories and are made with ingredients such as sugar, potatoes and rice that raise blood sugars, insulin levels, and promote the storage of fat.
Approximately 3 million Americans have a true gluten allergy or celiac disease and need to be on a gluten free diet. Many people complain that they have a “gluten intolerance” or unpleasant gastrointestinal symptoms when they eat wheat. Let's look at what's causing these two phenomena, celiac disease and gluten intolerance.
The correlation of the increased incidence of celiac disease and gluten intolerance is directly correlated to the increased use of the pesticide “roundup” that is sprayed on American wheat. Many folks with celiac disease and gluten intolerance report improved tolerance to wheat products made in other countries, such as Italy, that do not treat their wheat with the pesticide "roundup".
The epidemic of diabetes and obesity effect many more Americans than celiacs disease. 125 Million Americans have either diabetes or pre-diabetes, and 58% percent of the US population is overweight or obese. These diseases can lead to serious complications such as heart disease, high blood pressure, kidney disease, amputations and blindness.
So why is everyone eating gluten free diets for weight loss and diabetes? The confusion and misinformation caused by diet fads can be deadly and have serious consequences. Some people notice weight loss when they give up white bread and flour products. This is probably more to do to a reduction in total calorie intake by giving up white bread and flour products.
While it is wise to give up non organic American wheat products, replacing these foods with gluten free foods is not the answer for diabetes and weight loss. Gluten free flour products made with potatoes, rice and added sugars, are not healthy for diabetes or obesity and may contribute to weight gain and worsen diabetes control.
What we recommend for all those affected by diabetes, rather than a gluten free diet, is a low glycemic index diet.