All Things Gluten Free!

Gluten... what exactly is it? Well, despite being associated with 'carby' foods (bread, oats, cakes), gluten itself is actually a family of proteins found in those products. Gluten is also present in wheat, therefore gluten intolerant people are wheat intolerant, but wheat intolerant people aren't necessarily gluten intolerant. Got it so far?

Coeliac disease is the medical term used for a lifelong auto-immune response to gluten. While a wheat intolerant person may be able to eliminate wheat for a time, and reintroduce it further down the line without issues, a person with coeliac will always have to follow a completely gluten-free diet.

One of the issues with the demonisation of gluten is that people self diagnose, or assume that gluten free foods are healthier. Most people can tolerate gluten just fine. Digestive issues are on the up, there is no doubt about that, but stress, dairy, caffeine, FODMAPs and a hundred other things could be at the root cause! For those with coeliac disease, eating gluten can cause a severe inflammatory response which can cause permanent damage to the intestines, and lead to serious deficiencies due to the inability to absorb nutrients. If you suspect that you may have an issue with gluten- please see your GP. And as far as gluten-free foods being healthier... the likelihood is they just used a different flour or oats in their usual recipe.

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Gluten Free Basics Stack

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Due to the severity of coeliac disease, extra care needs to be taken when selecting supplements. Not all brands clearly label allergens on their packaging or choose to display the 'GF' symbol. We've taken some of the stress away and suggested some of our favorite gluten free products.

Applied Nutrition Critical Whey

Applied Nutrition Critical Whey is gluten free, halal certified and has been batch tested for the benefit of natural athletes. Applied Nutrition as a whole is very inclusive of special nutritional needs.

 

PhD Nutrition Creatine

Creatine monohydrate, without added ingredients, is completely gluten free. This can be added to a shake to enhance benefits to strength and power gains.

Battle Oats Flapjack

Made using gluten free oats, these tasty flapjacks each contain 15g protein and 8g dietary fibre. The perfect healthy snack for between meals!

Muscle Moose Protein Pancakes

Unlike other protein pancakes, these use gluten free oat flour. One serving comes in at just under 200 calories, 26g protein and less than 1g sugar! These make an excellent quick, healthy breakfast or meal around a workout.

Meridian Peanut Butter

Use this to top your pancakes! This natural peanut butter contains no added sugar or nasties. Peanut butter is high in vitamin E, B vitamins, minerals including magnesium and potassium, and 'good' monounsaturated fats.

Walden Farms Calorie Free Syrup

The final addition to your perfect healthy, GF breakfast. Sugar free syrup!

About the Author

Savannah Westerby, BSc Sport and Exercise Nutrition. IG:@savannahwesterby
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