January 30, 2012

Gluten Free Diets CAN Be Healthy!

This is a repost, but it bears repeating!
This Gluten Free Vegan Crumbcake would be an occasional treat!

I am so tired of hearing people and articles claiming/implying that gluten free diets have LESS nutrition, you get LESS fiber, and it is LESS healthy in general...what are they CRAZY???

...if you take the wheat, barley rye and oats, bread cakes and cookies and replace it with starchy, empty flours like potato starch and tapioca starch and arrowroot and white rice flour it WILL be as good as eating white flour even if it is Gluten Free! (You need to cut back on baked goods in general, bread, cakes and cookies should be occasional treats)

But Raw Food diets can be gluten free, as can Macrobiotic diets, and Paleo diets, these are incredibly healthy diets! ...if you take the wheat, barley rye and oats and replace it with whole grains and whole grain flours,(or avoid the grains altogether) have beans, veggies and fruits etc. You WILL be healthier than when you were eating wheat, barley, rye and oats! You can use bean flours, nut flours and whole grain flours like quinoa, millet, buckwheat etc.
(Also don't have too many baked goods as flours, even if the flours are whole grain they are still processed foods, you should eat the whole foods as they are in nature as much, and as often as possible)

Healthy and delicious gluten free foods

Brown Rice
Flax Seeds
Eggs (if not allergic/intolerant)
Milk/Dairy/Yogurt (if not allergic/intolerant- and my opinion from my research is milk is NOT digested properly by 75% of people so it does more harm than good-you can get calcium from many plant sources- see link below)
http://www.vrg.org/nutrition/calcium.htm scroll down to see "table one" for plant based calcium sources
Almond or other non Dairy milks
And many more!

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