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Posted on 03/14/2017 in Category 1

Does a Gluten Free Diet Really Cause Diabetes?

Does a Gluten Free Diet Really Cause Diabetes?

So we’ve been reading a lot in the media lately about a gluten free diet causing diabetes. Like most media reports this will be conflicting in time to come. I remember when I was pregnant with my daughter 10 years ago reports came out that eating peanuts during your pregnancy caused nut allergies in your baby. 9 months later reports came out that eating nuts during your pregnancy reduced the risk of your baby developing a nut allergy...... confused I was!

So let’s take a look at this latest report about diabetes and a gluten free diet. Taking into account I am a nutritional therapist but I am not a medical expert and this blog is my opinion not a medical blog.

When I started dabbling with a gluten free diet back in 2011 there were few gluten free alternatives. Eating gluten free bread felt like I was being punished so I decided no bread was better than the poor quality replacement they had on offer at that time. Buying a gluten free biscuit required taking out a second mortgage it was so expensive. So I decided to play around with gluten free recipes and make my own. Being into fitness and nutrition I didn’t really have biscuits or cakes in the house anyway but I did like a good energy source so started to make gluten free (and dairy free as I also can’t have dairy products) with agave nectar and used bananas or pureed apple as binders. Many of the kids in the neighbourhood loved my buns and had no clue they were so high in nutrition and so low in rubbish.

As the years have gone on and the gluten free industry has grown and so has what is on offer. Now let me clear one thing up, My Gluten Free Life has been created for everyone and anyone who has to or chooses a gluten free diet therefore we will promote ALL gluten free products and businesses and let YOU the consumer choose what you do and don’t eat.

However my personal opinion is that I never had chicken goujons in my house for my daughter (she can have them as a treat when we eat out), we aren’t a household who buys a lot of cakes and we don’t even have a biscuit tin; but I do think as a society we need to be mindful not to just ‘replace’ gluten junk foods with their gluten free alternatives.

We all know by now that gluten is a binder. It comes from the Latin word ‘glue’ and that’s what is does. Therefore if we don’t have the natural ‘gluten’ in the gluten flour we use we need to bind it with something else. Many gluten free alternatives are full of fat, sugar and added ingredients that are no good in ANYONES diet.

So I am not here to lecture you on your eating habits gluten free or not but I am asking you to be mindful of how you eat gluten free. Gluten free doesn’t mean ‘healthy’; it can be but as we see in the supermarkets now, there are plenty of high fat, high sugar gluten free alternatives that are just as bad as their gluten filled buddies.

I try to stick to the basic principle of the Paleo diet (also known as the caveman diet), meat, fish, nuts, seeds, fruit and vegetables. There is actually plenty you can do with this diet to make really yummy recipes. Like my famous buns with almond flour, agave nectar and eggs – pop a banana in for a super charged energy bun!! (recipe below)

Gluten free buns

¼ cup of coconut flour or almond flour sifted

¼ teaspoon baking powder

¼ cup agave nectar

1/8 cup grapeseed oil

2 eggs

Let us know what you think about the diabetes hype we would love to hear what you have to say.

Have any awesome day.

Heidi xx

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