1. Commercial gluten-free breakfast foods
If breakfast cereals are no good partly because of the gluten they contain, then gluten-free breakfast foods should be a healthy alternative, right?
Well, it depends. If you’re talking about having an avocado with an egg and a banana (all these foods are naturally gluten-free), then yes, that’s a nutrient-packed breakfast. (And you should give yourself a pat on the back.)
Unfortunately, commercial gluten-free breakfast foods are often nothing but ‘frankenfoods’. Next time you see a box of gluten-free breakfast foods, check the ingredient list and you’ll see what I mean.
WHAT LURKS IN COMMERCIAL GLUTEN-FREE BREAKFAST FOODS?
LOTS of sugar – To make up for loss of taste, consistency, and texture, food manufacturers will often add more sugar to the product.
Artificial sweeteners or sugar alcohols
More carbohydrates in the form of rice flour, potato starch, corn or other refined flours
Food colorings since gluten-free products usually don’t become as nice and golden as the gluten-containing versions
Added gums to help things stick together (gluten holds this function in baked products)
Additives to increase the product’s shelf-life since the various ingredients added don’t last long.