Paleo Diet is more than a gluten-free diet
The Paleo diet is not only gluten-free, it is totally grain-free.“Gluten-free” is one of the most popular trends with the recent increased awareness about gluten intolerance and celiac disease. Food manufacturers are trying to take advantage of this market by producing gluten-free bread, pasta, breakfast cereals, granola bars and cookies using rice flour, potato flour, quinoa, corn, buckwheat, amaranth and oats. Although these grains do not contain gluten, they share the same other culprits as gluten-containing grains.Most gluten-free grains, just like regular grains, contain:
- hard-to-digest irritating and inflammatory proteins (zein in corn, avenin in oats, kafirin in sorghum and oryzenin in rice). These proteins are not gluten, but they can be equally problematic, trigger food intolerances and lead to various health problems.
- phytic acid, lectins and other antinutirents that prevent you from properly absorbing the nutrients your body needs.
- a poor nutrient density, which means that they do not contain any important vitamins and minerals your body needs; in fact, they are not nutritious at all!
- a high carbohydrate content, especially refined and high glycemic carbohydrates that bring your blood sugars on a roller coaster. Read more about carbohydrates here.
- the FODMAPs
, or short-chain fermentable carbohydrates, found in many gluten-free grains can contribute to digestive problems.
Gluten-free “food” products are NOT real food.Many mistakenly believe these products are healthier alternatives
, but they are NOT.
They are highly processed and usually contain a lot of sugar
, seed oils
or other chemical ingredients
. Moreover, they usually have a HIGHER carbohydrate content per serving
, which can be a very bad idea if you have blood sugar issues (insulin resistance, diabetes, hypoglycemia, PCOS or polycystic ovarian syndrome)
or weight problems
Consuming gluten-free products could be preventing you from getting healthier, especially if you suffer from digestive disorders (IBS, SIBO, celiac disease, gluten intolerance, fructose malabsorption, etc.)
More info about grains from the Paleo dietitian:What’s wrong with grains? - 10 reasons to avoid them
. Learn all about why "healthy whole grains" are NOT healthy at all: gluten, phytates, lectins, antinutrients, high carbohydrate content, FODMAPs...
What about fiber on the Paleo diet?Are you worried that you won't get enough fiber without eating "healthy whole grains"?
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