Besides not have the variety of choices as those indulging in wheat products that affects shopping and restaurant selections, there is also the increased expense of those GF food options.
More important is the lost nutrients from a GF diet. Many foods are nutrient fortified such as breads and pastas. Other foods made from whole wheat often contain good sources of antioxidants and fiber. These nutrients may prevent or reduce your risks of many major illnesses.
The GF diet contains less fiber. Fiber, as you know, is essential for bowel health. Beyond bowel health, a high-fiber diet may lower cholesterol, help control blood sugar levels, and help you maintain a healthy weight. The elimination of wheat in your diet, puts these health benefits at risk. To combat this deficiency remember that fiber is readily available in our gluten-free vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and gluten-free whole grains such as quinoa, brown rice and gluten-free oats. Inexpensive fiber alternatives include beans, peas, and other legumes.
Anyone else ready to snack on fiber-rich popcorn, dried fruit, carrots, nuts or an apple with the skin-on? Join me in eliminating this downside of a GF diet.