Benefits of a Gluten Free Diet including Recipes

Why Eat Gluten-Free?

You’ve probably heard about people who swear by a gluten-free diet. World number one tennis star, Novak Djokovic, changed to a gluten-free diet, which he claims contributed to his meteoric rise to the ATP top tennis ranking. You may not need the drastic physical performance of the Serbian tennis star, so let’s look at why a gluten-free diet could help you.

Christy Shatlock, lead dietitian for bistro MD says, “A gluten-free diet can have a variety of health benefits, such as improving cholesterol levels, promoting digestive health, and increasing energy levels, if you have a gluten intolerance.”

“Eliminating gluten, and eating a gluten-free diet can help reduce your risk of heart disease, certain cancers, and other health-related conditions, like diabetes, if you have a gluten intolerance,” says Christy. “A gluten-free diet can also help your body ward off viruses and germs, just because many of the foods you eat will be full of antioxidants, and essential vitamins and minerals.”

When you eat gluten-free, you eliminate certain unhealthy foods from your diet. Foods that you need to eliminate have a high-glycemic load and typically breakdown quickly to sugar. Some of the foods to be eliminated include:

  • White bread
  • White rice
  • Fried foods
  • Processed foods
  • Sugary snacks
  • Soda water
  • Desserts high in sugar and fat

Does eating gluten free mean you have resort to only steamed vegetables, fruit and water? Not so much. We’ve included some links to some yummy gluten-free recipes.

Try these and enjoy the food, enjoy the health!

Gluten Free Lasagna
No pasta, super easy, use fresh zucchini

Gluten Free White Chicken Chili
Many Chili recipes call for flour as a thickener, however, this recipes uses pureed cannelini beans insead.

Gluten Free Meatloaf
Super simple, best with fresh ingredients

Gluten Free Shrimp Pasta in a white wine sauce
Uses noodles made from zucchini

Gluten Free Sweet Potato Pancakes
Just sweet potatos and eggs, also can make banana pancakes by subbing out the sweet potatoes.

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