Over the past week I have been sharing tips for a gluten-free lifestyle. One of the most challenging things that I have seen is the GF labelling that seems to be appearing everywhere. It’s become more of a marketing tool as opposed to helping the consumer to make better choices. Gluten-free eating has become a buzz word for the latest ‘diet’ program.
Making the decision to choose a gluten-free lifestyle is not as simple as it sounds and you are definitely at risk for making poorer health choices when it come to food if you haven’t taken the time to educate yourself or work with a professional when making a change. There is lots of great information on the Celiac.ca website – this is a website for those with Celiac Disease, which is an autoimmune disease where the surface of the small intestine that absorbs nutrients from food is damaged by a substance called gluten. This is the link that I find a bit disturbing though – Certified Brands – the first brand is Lay’s, yes the potato chips. The President’s Choice items are all baked goods. I understand that as a person who has celiac disease that is it essential to have certified gluten-free products but should we even be eating these products in the first place?
Before you buy it, ask yourself, would I eat this product if it wasn’t gluten-free?