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If you want to eat healthily you need to be a vigilant shopper!

Early on in the year I watched an episode of Food Unwrapped on TV in which there was a piece about gluten free diets.The point being made was that many people choose to go gluten free without any real need.They do so on the premise that it is a healthier way of eating when infact many,' gluten free products,' have been found to be higher in fat, sugar and salt than their non gluten free counter part. A valid point but what I really object to was that what was being compared was the fat, sugar and salt content of a regular Bakewell Tart versus a gluten free equivalent. I'm sorry, but there really is only one answer to this,
' Its a Bakewell Tart for crying out loud!'
Lovely as they might be there really isn't anything healthy about a Bakewell Tart with or without the gluten. If we want to eat healthy foods we really do need to be vigilent in our food choices particularly when buying highly processed mass produced items from supermarkets.  
Re the point about people choosing to go gluten free without any real reason, this is a huge topic in its own right but just a few points to think on:
  • Wheat has been modified in recent history to contain more gluten than it once did.
  • Gluten is very difficult to digest and can be very abrasive to the digestive tract.
  • Wheat like many grains need to be soaked for 12-24 hours to make it more digestible and modern bread making methods simply don't allow this to happen.
Even if you are not intolerant or allergic to gluten cutting back on gluten and/or being extra vigilant about the quality of the gluten products you buy makes a lot of sense especially if you have symptoms of poor digestion. This can be easily achieved without having to buy mass produced, refined foods from the gluten free isles of a supermarket. Vary your grains to include some naturally gluten free alternatives such as buckwheat, brown rice quinoa and bulgur wheat which are all delicious! If you do like your bread a Spelt loaf made by a traditional bread making methods may be a good alternative. Spelt does contain gluten but in much smaller quantities than your average bread making flour. Alternatively try The Artisan Bread Company which produce a wide range of gluten and yeast free breads which are delicious! 


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