Regardless of why you are going gluten-free, being inundated by all the information on the internet can get tiring. There seems to be a lot of conjecture between sites about what you can and can not have. Here Are several myths to help get you ready for your life-changing dietary needs. Please do your due diligence if this is a change due to medical reasons, your health is on the line, and a bit of fact-checking can go a long way. Of the many gluten-free myths you may encounter in your search for dietary knowledge, these are the most glaring ones.
1. I’m Not Going To Be Able To Eat Anything Good
Not eating anything good is the most common misconception with the gluten-free diet and any other diet out there. Not only are there many gluten-free alternatives, but many foods that you already eat are also naturally gluten-free. With an individual in my family that has to abide by the gluten-free lifestyle due to medical conditions, I have had ample opportunities to try gluten-free foods. Many of them are not only tasty but some you can’t even tell.
2. Going Gluten-Free For Weight Loss
Even though weight loss is possible from a gluten-free lifestyle, it is not a truly effective method for weight loss. The major benefit of this diet is reducing inflammation if the person has a sensitivity or allergy. Many other diets will help with weight loss in a more efficient manner. Some may lose weight as they substitute gluten for other options.
3. Being Gluten-Free is Better For Everyone
Only changing the gluten, you ingest is not going to benefit you in any substantial way. Many individuals continue with unhealthy habits with the mindset that being gluten-free will somehow radically make them healthier. This diet should normally be reserved for medically necessary reasons and not to try to lose weight.
4. I’ll Be Okay If I Have A Little Gluten.
If you suffer from a gluten allergy or sensitivity, even the smallest amount can cause a flare-up with extremely detrimental results. Since gluten reactions can last for several days to weeks, it may not be worth it for you to have that roll. If you’re going to go gluten-free, it should be an all-or-nothing choice, especially if it’s for medical reasons.
5. Gluten-Free Products Are Too Expensive
There is some credence to this; however, there are plenty of gluten-free options priced economically. Typically bread, pasta and many other processed foods are going to cost you more than gluten-based foods. Look for foods that are naturally gluten-free such as vegetables and the like.
Things To Do When Choosing A Gluten-Free Lifestyle
It can be difficult when switching to gluten-free, but you don’t have to go it alone. Talk to your friends and family and get them involved with your choice. Let them know you will be gluten-free and need their help, if for nothing else but to assist in making you accountable. If you are swapping because of a medical condition, talk to them and let them know what can happen if you ingest any gluten, it can be quite severe. Many people are unaware of how a gluten allergy can affect a person.
Do your due diligence; always check the label of any food products you purchase, even if it says gluten-free on the front. Some products will say they are gluten-free but still contain trace amounts of it. Check out our recipe section for fabulous meal ideas that can fit your new diet. Do not be discouraged though, we are all rooting for you!