It’s the latest and greatest diet trend. Gluten-free. Lactose- free. What does that even mean?
Gluten is a part of cereal grains, like wheat, used in many bread-type products. There are some individuals in this world with something called Celiac Disease, in which they have a very serious allergy to gluten in foods. However, the diet industry has manipulated gluten-free foods into weight loss scam. Gluten is not bad for you if you are not allergic to it. Like anything else, it should be eaten in moderation as part of a balanced diet.
Lactose is a chemical found in dairy products like milk and cheese. Again, some people have a very intense lactose allergy which should not be taken lightly. However, just like gluten, lactose is not innately harmful to our bodies when eaten within reason.
So why are people on gluten-free, lactose/dairy-free diets seeing results? Well, most of the ‘junk’ foods that we overeat contain some form of gluten or dairy (pretzels, cheese, breads, ice cream…). By eliminating these foods, people tend to automatically consume less calories by choosing more nutrient dense foods like meat, fruits, and vegetables. You see, it was not necessarily the ‘gluten’ or ‘lactose’ causing most people to gain weight, but rather the types of foods that typically contain these ingredients.
Don’t waste money on specialty diet foods that are marketed as ‘gluten-free’ or ‘lactose-free’ unless you have been diagnosed with an intolerance to these ingredients. Not only are they expensive, but many have been intensely processed with chemical additives which are not good for your body. Stick with the basics, real food always wins! For more about eating real food, check out my post here.