Ten Food You Thought Were Healthy But Are Not (With Pictures)

3. Certified “Gluten Free” Products

food you thought were healthy but are not

There exists great confusion over gluten and its actual role in the human diet. Gluten is simply a protein that is contained in wheat and other related grains. Gluten actually helps keep your baking goods together and is thus a vital component in bread, pasta, cookies, etc.  However, many people have sensitivities to gluten. In the most severe cases, people with gluten sensitivity are diagnosed with an autoimmune condition known as Celiac Disease. Those with Celiac Disease are unable to properly digest gluten which causes damage to their small intestine.

On a less severe scale, there exist people who have adverse allergic reactions to gluten. These people are said to have gluten intolerance. You can think of this as a food allergy. However, if you are not allergic to gluten there is no need for you to avoid it. Often times people equate “gluten free” with healthy because they are unsure what gluten really is. Also consider that in order to achieve the same texture as gluten containing products, gluten free foods often have excess ingredients and have undergone additional processing.  Just because a food is “gluten free” doesn’t mean it is better that its gluten containing counterpart. Therefore it among food you thought were healthy but are not.

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