Many people have discovered that they are sensitive to gluten, completely intolerant of gluten, or highly allergic to gluten. Gluten can wreak havoc on our immune and digestive systems. Gluten can cause inflammation and pain in our bodies, rashes on skin and other problems. Many believe there is a connection between gluten and cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes, chronic pain, depression, mood issues, obesity, and other illnesses. The information available on the topic is endless!
I have known that I have gluten intolerance, and have had to choose to eat differently for several years. Eating gluten can make me physically ill. Causing my joints to ache, bloating, stomach pain, skin rashes and other problems for me.
Over the past several years, gluten-free products have hit the grocery store shelves like there’s no tomorrow! These foods offer many options for people who cannot eat gluten – breads, cookies, crackers, flours for baking, and the list goes on. While these foods may be okay on occasion, eating highly processed foods still isn’t a healthy choice even if it says gluten-free on the package.
Creating or following Paleo bread and dessert recipes made from scratch in your own kitchen are a much better choice. They are generally more nutrient dense and lower in unhealthy carbs and sugars.
Let’s face it – dessert is dessert. Carbs are carbs. If we eat too many of them they slow us down, and can halt weight loss and fitness goals. However on occasion, eating a Paleo dessert made from scratch is a wonderful way to keep from feeling deprived, to celebrate, or have that weekend food that we all enjoy!
Steer clear of packaged choices whenever possible. And always remember just because there is a gluten-free option, it doesn’t equate a healthy option.