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10/12/11 9:25 A

If you are not sensitive to gluten, I don't think there's a reason to avoid it. It would be a pain to do so, and I do not envy those sensitive to it who have to avoid products with gluten.

10/12/11 9:21 A

true, processed gluten-free foods that are a stand-in for foods that typically contain gluten are usually pricier. though there are all sorts of foods that are naturally gluten-free (fruit, veggies, meat, dairy, etc don't contain gluten anyway)...if you stick to those foods it doesn't cost any extra to eat gluten-free. I tend to avoid most processed foods and very, very rarely eat grain-based foods so my gluten-free eating has not incurred any additional expense.

My daughter is also gluten-free (she does eat grains) and there is little additional expense for her foods. I buy Pamela's pancake and baking mix from amazon in bulk and make pancakes/muffins/quick breads with it and I buy brown rice penne pasta at Trader Joe's for 1.99/pkg. Those are really the only gluten-free products I buy. We just don't eat a lot of processed convenience food here.

My husband and son are not gluten-free and I do buy bread and tortillas for them. Their gluten-containing items cost a little extra, too, since I buy the whole grain option.

And the few times a year I buy a cake mix to make a birthday cake I opt for gluten-free so my daughter can have some.

But really if you steer clear of processed foods and junk food snacks in general the cost is not a huge factor. Though I agree there isn't much point in going gluten-free without cause. Most people who do so as a means of losing weight would likely be better served by avoiding processed foods and opting for whole foods.

Edited by: DANNIELLEMARIE at: 10/12/2011 (09:46)
MLAN613 Posts: 19,048
10/12/11 9:13 A

I have gluten intolerance, so I avoid the foods mentioned before. If you don't have a problem processing gluten containing food, it isn't "harmful" to you. People have survived on gluten containing foods for centuries. You can find plenty of healthy foods containing gluten. Also, many gluten free foods are VERY expensive ($5 to $7 for a loaf of bread), higher in calorie than "regular" bread, and often taste DISGUSTING , so if you don't have to be gluten free, I honestly don't recommend it. emoticon

Edited by: MLAN613 at: 10/12/2011 (09:18)
KELEKONA Posts: 605
10/10/11 3:00 P

The health benefits of a gluten-free diet for someone who isn't sensitive to the protein is mostly from paying attention to what they eat... Twinkies aren't gluten-free.

MSG and HFCS avoidance are almost as good, since those also make it difficult to buy convenience foods.

10/10/11 2:34 P

I thank both of you for your help. I was just wondering if it's something I need to avoid health wise.

10/10/11 2:29 P

Gluten is only harmful if you have Celiac disease or a gluten intolerance (I do and therefore avoid gluten). It's a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. It's not necessarily harmful in much the same way one person might be allergic to peanuts or have an intolerance to lactose and another person can eat peanuts and dairy with no ill effects. It's only harmful to your body lacks the ability to properly assimilate the protein gluten.

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10/10/11 2:26 P

Here is an article that will help you identify some of the foods containing gluten:

10/10/11 2:19 P

Are considered gluten? I've been seeing gluten free and wonder what foods have it. Just how "harmful" is gluten?

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