Did you know, popular ‘readily available’ gluten free foods can be nutritionally lacking, often filled with sweeteners, rice and maize flour and leaving people susceptible to vitamin and mineral deficiencies? Here, James Jensen from Australian Nutrition Centre shares his top gluten free food tips to correct deficiencies and improve your overall well-being.
1. ENSURE YOU’RE EATING WHOLEFOODS DAILY
Eating wholefoods daily ensures consumption of the maximum amount of original nutrients in the right proportions. While it’s great there are quick options available, a diet rich in fresh fruit, vegetables and wholegrains are still naturally gluten free and quick too!
2. GET ENOUGH FIBRE
Fibre is vital for gut health and the overall wellbeing of our body. It feeds our gut bacteria and keeps them healthy. Gluten free food alternatives are notoriously lower in fibre so being able to supplement this is crucial. Fortunately, there are many healthy and delicious foods that are naturally gluten-free. Some suggested foods include: fruits, vegetables, legumes and chia seeds.
3. CHECK THE LABEL TO SEE IF IT IS GLUTEN FREE
It might seem self-explanatory but processed foods can be labelled ‘gluten free; if they have no detectable gluten and are always safe. Look out for may contain statements! A voluntary statement declaring possible allergens is never a good sign. If any gluten containing grains are listed the product is not safe for Coeliacs due to cross contamination. There are many other naturally gluten free foods such as fruit, vegetables, unprocessed meat, milk and cheese which don’t require labelling and can therefore slip through the cracks