Gluten-Free Diet May Tip the Scale in the Wrong Direction

You don’t have to look far to find someone promoting the health benefits of a gluten-free diet. A simple Google search reveals 2.5 million references to gluten-free dieting, recipes, and cooking tips.

And if you have Celiac disease or an allergy/sensitivity to gluten, it makes sense to avoid foods that contain it. Gluten used to be found primarily in foods made from barley, wheat and rye. But now gluten shows up in soy sauce, potato chips, candy, and even ice cream.

Before food manufacturers created a long list of processed foods for gluten-free dieters, whole foods was the only real option.

But now every grocery store is stocked with a long list of processed gluten-free foods. And that may be a problem, according to a recent study presented at the European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology Hepatology and Nutrition’s annual congress.

Researchers looked at over 1,300 gluten-free products, and found that many contain higher amounts of fats, and lower amounts of sugar and fiber. When these products become the staple of a gluten-free diet, researchers believe the nutritional imbalances may contribute to weight gain and obesity.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. You could stick with preparing your own gluten-free meals from fresh ingredients at home. But that takes a lot of prep time at the grocery store, and in the kitchen.

Fortunately, we tasked our team of professional chefs to create gluten-free meals made from fresh ingredients. And they came up with 40-plus delicious and healthy meals and side dishes.

gliten-free vegetable stewThey’re easily stored in the freezer, only take minutes to prepare in the microwave, and don’t contain the processed ingredients found in manufactured gluten-free foods.

Hungry for a Gluten-Free meal made from fresh ingredients? Check out some of our best sellers like Vegetable Stew, Salmon Caponata, Crustless Spinach Quiche, Chicken and Artichoke Spinach, and even Panna Cotta dessert.