‘Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Wheat Free’ – The truth behind ‘Free From’ Foods


There seems to be a common misconception that is building that gluten, dairy and wheat are ‘unhealthy’ and many people are choosing to remove one or all of these things from their diets. Sometimes as a weight loss strategy, others believe it’s a healthier way to live. This may be due to the increase in ‘Free From’ foods appearing on our supermarket shelves or the popularity of diets like ‘Paleo’ which encourages the avoidance of gluten amongst other things! The truth is that unless you have an intolerance or allergy that has been diagnosed there is absolutely no reason to remove any of these things from your diet.

milk_jug_bread_food_96582_1920x1080Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. All of which can be included as part of a healthy diet. More importantly if you do choose to remove grains from your diet in an attempt to remove gluten, you could be missing out on some important vitamins and minerals which are vital to a healthy body such as iron and B vitamins. We are all aware of the importance of calcium in our diets and dairy products are one of the best and most convenient sources of calcium. Unless you are choosing alternative foods fortified with calcium avoiding dairy could leave you with a calcium deficiency.

Many of these processed ‘Free From’ foods are sold to us as a healthier alternative to real thing. They are very often placed in a ‘Whole Foods’ section in supermarkets or in health food shops which instantly gives us the impression that they must be better for us right? Not necessarily! When you remove an ingredient from something like bread, for example the wheat flour, it needs to be replaced with something. This is often a flour alternative or starch like potato flour – nothing wrong with this on its own but its lack of gluten means it does not give the same nice ‘bready’ soft texture we are all used to, so very often chemicals are added to aid this. Taste is also compromised so very often fat and sugar is added to improve flavour. If this wasn’t enough more often than not these products are more expensive than their original cousin.Egg White

So you get the idea – unless it is a dietary requirement to remove these things from your diet using their removal as a tool in weight loss, or as a way of leading a healthier lifestyle we suggest you instead focus on including lean protein like our liquid egg products, lots of fresh vegetables and fruit as well as grains, pulses and dairy. Good health is about balance so in future if you see any ‘diet’ that restricts an entire food group do your research before trying it out.

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