Wheat Free vs. Gluten Free

Are you confused about the difference between gluten free and wheat free?

Let me give you the run down…………….

  • All wheat items CONTAIN gluten- BUT, wheat is not found in rye, barley and oats (think flours that are used to make biscuits, pizza, pasta, crackers, cakes, bread, most beers)
  • Gluten is in wheat, but it can also be in other items such as soy sauce, condiments and gravies.

And what about grain free?

Popular diets such as paleo, GAPS, SCD, AIP (auto-immune paleo) and Whole30, are all promoting a grain free diet.

To make it easy for you, print off your gf-guide

There are many reasons why you may need to follow a certain diet. Generally, people with celiac disease have an allergic reaction to gluten. The other group of people just feel better by not including gluten in their diet.

But there are many health conditions today (IBS, Crohn’s, SIBO, IBD, MS, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Diabetes Type 2, CFS, Fibromyalgia and other autoimmune diseases), that get aggravated while eating gluten (and therefore are gluten free).

Sometimes going gluten free is not enough for these conditions, and it’s the grains/sugars that make inflammation worse. This is probably the reason why paleo diets have proven to be a relief for the majority short term.

The long term complications can cause systemic acidosis. This is where things start to get a bit tricky and loading up on high acid foods such as meat protein can cause a major skew towards acidosis (the opposite being more alkaline).

Hey, I’m the first to put my hand up and admit that I eat high acid forming foods (I follow mostly a GAPS/Paleo diet), but my acid/alkaline balance has suffered. So even though I might have my meat stock in the morning for breakfast, I will have a green smoothie for lunch. My focus is to out way the acid forming foods with high alkaline foods (leafy green vegetables and fruit).

If you need help with your diet, contact me today.

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