46% of Whole Foods customers believe that if a food item is labeled gluten free, it is of higher quality and can lead to weight loss or weight management. Since the majority of these foods are often times void of nutrients and are the type of carbohydrates that lead to weight gain such as cookies, cakes, pizza, bread, and pasta, even gluten free will not create a leaner or healthier physique. Here are some examples of gluten free foods that are marketed as healthy, yet are the same foods nutritionists recommend avoiding when seeking weight loss and improvement in health.
Glutino’s breakfast bars: These breakfast bars are offered in several fruit flavors such as blueberry, strawberry, apple and cranberry. Althought the front of the package shows a filling full of fruit, the ingredient list shows the filling is comprised of more sugar, 13 grams per serving, and grape or apple juice than actual fruit.
Whole Foods Gluten Free Bake House baked goods: The frozen all natural vanilla cupcake that Whole Foods advertises as gluten free contains more calories than a 150 pound woman should consume for a snack. One cupcake provides 480 calories, 13 grams of saturated fat, and 7 teaspoons more than the recommended 5 grams of sugar necessary per day for weight loss.
Food Should Taste Good Sweet Potato Chips: Reading the ingredient list on these natural chips may surprise shoppers. Although this brand is lower in sodium and higher in fiber than other store purchased chips, they are primarily made from corn and oil. It’s best to use fresh sweet potatoes to make your own at home.
Glutino’s Gluten Free Yogurt Covered Pretzels: With words like premium, yogurt, and gluten free advertised on the front of the package, many unsuspecting shoppers would assume these pretzels would be a healthier snack item than other brands. 9 pretzels, which is one serving, provide 160 calories, one fourth of the day’s allotment of saturated fat, 2 1/2 teaspoons of sugar, and none of the vitamins, minerals, and protein the body would benefit from one serving of yogurt.
Although food manufacturers would like consumers to believe these newly created foods for celiac sufferers are better for our bodies and can lead to weight loss, it is best to choose truly gluten free foods such as vegetables, fruits, beans, low fat dairy, seafood, and poultry. The best part about true gluten free foods is that they are readily avaiable at any Fort Worth grocery store.