When most people hear that I’m gluten free or see something that’s gluten free they immediately assume that it’s healthy. But gluten free is not a synonym for healthy.
Doritos, cheetos, funyuns, french fries, and a whole slew of candy bars all fall under the gluten free category but are unhealthy AF.
Just take a look at these ingredients for Cheetos (which are gluten free).
To be fair, Cheetos are an extreme. Not all gluten free packaged foods are this bad. But, even on a “cleaner” scale, you can see how much gluten free diets can vary on a scale of nutrient void to nutrient dense.
Gluten free diets can be dirty and they can be clean.
And they can be somewhere in the middle.
When I was first diagnosed with Celiac my diet heavily relied on processed packaged foods because I was learning what was gluten free and what wasn’t – and it helped when labeling on a bag told me “Gluten Free”.
The more comfortable I got with knowing what was and wasn’t gluten free the more I was able to step outside of packaged foods and start making better choices.
Of course I still eat these packaged foods, I’m not a savage. Every once in a while I like a good bag of gluten free vegan cheese curls. But I make it a point to eat as little packaged food as possible; sanely possible. Because ain’t no body got time to make EVERYTHING from scratch.
But if you’re looking for ah-mazing made-from-scratch brownies then you have to try my gluten free avocado brownie recipe!
Question of the Day
In terms of dirty vs clean gluten free, where does your diet fall on the scale?