February 04, 2022 2 min read
Because starches such as rice, potato, tapioca flours are quite widely used as a wheat substitute in gluten-free diet programs, if used on a regular basis, these tend to raise your blood sugar. Instead opt in for almond flour, hazelnuts, and fresh fruits and vegetables instead of going on a “gluten-free” diet.
Gluten is one of the major components found in cereals such as wheat, rye, and barley. The elimination of wheat gluten removes the offensive agent that destroys the intestinal lining. Once the intestinal lining regenerates, better absorption of vitamins, minerals, and calories becomes possible.
There is a growing increase in gluten intolerance in the United Staand abroad. Gluten intolerance results in diarrhea, constipation, and bloating. Many people, therefore, resort to a gluten-free diet to help address these issues. Having said that, recent research has shown that the mainstream gluten-free diet can raise blood sugar!
It’s not a stretch to say that the mainstream gluten-free diet as we know it is deeply flawed. Nutritionist established that wheat increases blood sugar more profoundly than table sugar decades ago. The glycemic index (GI) is the measure of how much blood sugar levels rise in the 90 to 120 minutes after food consumed. Interestingly enough and whole wheat has a GI of 72 and table sugar has a GI of 59! Other foods that have a high GI other than wheat are starches such as tapioca starch, rice starch, potato starch, and cornstarch.
Foods like walnuts, salmon essentially have a zero glycemic index and have no effect on the body’s blood sugar. What’s so concerning is that these starches are central to the “gluten-free” diet!
Here are some foods that you must compulsorily avoid if going gluten-free is your choice:
Even when you are avoiding these items, nourish your body with raw nuts, proteins, healthy fats like olive oil, avocado, and coconut milk.
Gluten is only present in abundance in a handful of naturally occurring foods. It is, therefore, a better idea to steer clear of individual food items.