Monday afternoon I switched over to my personal email to find this waiting for me from Jillian Michaels: “Myth Busters: Does a Gluten Free Diet Aid in Weight Loss?” With all of the bad information celebrities, celebrity doctors, and major retail chains have been putting out in the last couple of weeks (check out this post, and this one , and this, and might as well look at this one), my stomach dropped. Was this going to be another case of bad information or someone getting it right?
Obviously, I totally destroyed all the suspense by saying that she gets it right!
Right off the bat she states that only 1% of the population in the US should be GF due to Celiac, which she correctly identifies as an autoimmune disorder! Go Jill!
–Sbe correctly identifies what gluten is and where you can find it. Added bonus — she identifies places one might not think gluten would be found. Oh, my heart is happy.
–Gluten allergy and gluten intolerance are mentioned as other reasons to be GF.
–Tears when she mentions a Canadian study comparing average GF products to normal ones and found the GF ones were 242% times MORE expensive. But we all knew this shizz wasn’t cheap!
–Direct quote time: “Gluten is found in many whole-grain foods that have an array of vitamins, minerals, and fiber and are vital to a healthy diet. People who eat three servings of whole grains a day are 30 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes. The right mix of healthy carbohydrates, like whole-grain products, is the best way to control your blood sugar and avoid diabetes — plus they help to keep you full throughout the day. Whole grains are also the vehicle for many of nature’s disease fighters, like phytochemicals. Without these foods, we’d be sitting ducks for cancer, heart disease, and more. So when you’re cutting out gluten for no real reason, you’re losing all of the nutritional benefits found in foods with gluten.” See, it’s a good thing if your body can process it! Eat it people!
–FINALLY someone mentions that GF foods tend to have more carbs and sugars in an attempt to taste “real”. She also mentions that people on a GF diet tend to be vitamin deficient. Again, things we know but that is not getting press.
This whole article made me happy. You can read it here. Take her or leave her for being a tough lady, I am leading the cheers for getting GOOD information out there.