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    "Eating gluten-free is not meant to be a diet craze," says Rhonda Kane, a registered dietitian and consumer safety officer at FDA. "It's a medical necessity for those who have celiac disease. There are no nutritional advantages for a person not sensitive to gluten to be on a gluten-free diet. Those who are not sensitive to gluten have more flexibility and can choose from a greater variety of foods to achieve a balanced diet."
    FDA says "gluten-free" is not for fad dieters - The Checkup - The Washington Post

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    I think everything she's saying is true... it's just that it neglects to recognize that many people are sensitive to gluten without have celiac disease, and without recognizing it. I don't think anyone will argue that most primal dieters have more leeway with eating the occasional wheat-containing soy sauce than someone who actually has celiac disease does, even if they are not purposely Primal.

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    • #3
      Sometimes it's what isn't said that makes all the difference.

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      • #4
        This is more in reaction to everybody and their mom buying gluten-free brownie mix and whatnot because it's "healthier."

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        • #5
          I would argue that gluten-free brownie mix IS healthier than regular brownie mix and is a small step in the right direction.
          If you are new to the PB - please ignore ALL of this stuff, until you've read the book, or at least http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-blueprint-101/ and this (personal fave): http://www.archevore.com/get-started/

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          • #6
            Originally posted by tfarny View Post
            I would argue that gluten-free brownie mix IS healthier than regular brownie mix and is a small step in the right direction.
            Agree 100% ! I always marvel at friends who say their child's stomach bloat faded or their own intestinal pain subsided when the family went gluten free. It is a step in the right direction.
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            • #7
              I don't think I've ever met anyone who went gluten free and didn't feel better. And I've known a LOT of people who went gluten free....


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              • #8
                I agree that gluten-free is a step in the right direction. American's are also starting to get the message abut refined sugars too. We're aiming to raise awareness in the community about primal eating. We have alot of gluten-free customers and they like us because we use much less sweetener than other gluten-free bakeries. We provide them all with info about the primal/paleo lifestyle.

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                • #9
                  it also doesn't hurt that many celebrities are going gluten-free. We can build on this momentum.

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                  • #10
                    *shrug* It depends on what you mean by "healthier," I suppose. I know a lot of commercial mixes use very high-carb substitutes, and they certainly still contain refined sugar.

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                    • #11
                      By "healthier" I mean without gluten, as opposed to with gluten.
                      If you are new to the PB - please ignore ALL of this stuff, until you've read the book, or at least http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-blueprint-101/ and this (personal fave): http://www.archevore.com/get-started/

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by tfarny View Post
                        I would argue that gluten-free brownie mix IS healthier than regular brownie mix and is a small step in the right direction.
                        Agreed, but shouldn't the focus rather be on not eating brownies all the time (gluten-free or not)?

                        This reminds me of a UK TV-show I saw (Supersize vs Superskinny). In this one episode there was a very obese woman who was eating at a "soul food" buffet with her family, and after helping herself to the third or fourth gigantic portion of crappy food, she got a comment from her family for using too much salt!. After all, salt is unhealthy... (They didn't even seem to notice the fact that she ate 3-4 times the normal serving size in food). It was like they were thinking "oh, if you would only stop having so much salt on your food you would be thin and healthy in no time."

                        Sometimes, I feels like people apply the same logic to gluten/gluten free food.
                        Last edited by norak; 08-09-2011, 02:55 AM.
                        Norak's Primal Journal:
                        2010-07-23: ~255lbs, ~40.0"
                        2011-11-03: ~230lbs, ~35.5"
                        2011-12-07: ~220lbs, ~34.0"

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                        • #13
                          Ditto. I remember looking through a local Organic store one time for some decent cocoa powder. I found a "healthy diet" gluten free cookie that the lady behind the counter told me was "good and good for you" as I read the label. Produced with god-knows-what oil, each oreo sized cookie had 2g of <i>trans fats</i>.

                          The woman behind the counter was at least 270+ lb. and not that tall.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by norak View Post
                            Agreed, but shouldn't the focus rather be on not eating brownies all the time (gluten-free or not)?

                            This reminds me of a UK TV-show I saw (Supersize vs Superskinny). In this one episode there was a very obese woman who was eating at a "soul food" buffet with her family, and after helping herself to the third or fourth gigantic portion of crappy food, she got a comment from her family for using too much salt!. After all, salt is unhealthy... (They didn't even seem to notice the fact that she ate 3-4 times the normal serving size in food). It was like they were thinking "oh, if you would only stop having so much salt on your food you would be thin and healthy in no time."

                            Sometimes, I feels like people apply the same logic to gluten/gluten free food.
                            Exactly. Really, is a bowl of Quaker Oats Maple Brown Sugar Instant Oatmeal any healthier than a Wonder Bread/Skippy/Smucker's pb&j?

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                            • #15
                              Gluten free eaters simply aren't going to be eating as many carbs as those who don't eat gluten free. It's really hard to do so. And instant Quaker Oats aren't gluten free, along with most commercially processed grain-based foods. Plus, the gluten free mixes are way more expensive. So to some extent the logic does hold that it would be healthier.

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