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Tips for Following a Healthy Gluten-Free Diet


Have you ever considered going on a gluten-free diet? Despite popular belief, avoiding wheat doesn’t necessarily improve your health, especially if you don’t live with celiac disease. According to The University of Chicago Medicine Celiac Disease Center, celiac disease affects about 3 million Americans. Sales of gluten-free foods have increased tremendously over the last decade, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture doesn’t expect that to stop anytime soon. Is that because more cases of celiac disease are developing? Not necessarily.

The truth about gluten-free foods
According to a survey conducted by the National Restaurant Association, 30 percent of adults in the U.S. try to avoid or cut back on gluten in their diets, and that number is only expected to increase. Not because they live with celiac disease, however. The reasoning is a result of following a “fad diet” that most believe is the healthier option.

“Some gluten-free labeled foods have GMOs and MSG.”

It’s a common misconception that going “gluten-free” means you’re automatically switching to a healthier diet. In fact, Natural News reported that many of the gluten-free foods aren’t healthy and wholesome – they’re actually loaded with hidden forms of GMOs and MSG. Unfortunately that means many of those gluten-free options are actually just as unhealthy – and often more so – as the processed foods you’ve been avoiding. When in doubt, choose foods clearly labeled “non-GMO.

If you’re living with celiac disease or would simply like to cut back on gluten, just make sure you’re eating the right foods. Here are a few tips for following a healthy gluten-free diet:

1. Read food labels
Just because the label says “gluten-free” doesn’t mean it’s the healthiest option. To avoid picking up a product that’s just as bad as processed foods, carefully read the nutrition label. BBC Good Food said you can tell if the label is lying by reading the ingredient list – look out for wheat, rye, barley and spelt. In all reality, it’s best to avoid foods with a mile-long ingredient list that contains words you can’t pronounce.

2. Eat real foods
Raw, real foods without the label are your best natural gluten-free options. A nutritious diet rich in raw fruits, vegetables and nuts – such as the Hallelujah Diet – is a great path for those looking to avoid wheat. Acquiring a gluten sensitivity doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice taste – there are so many ways to create delicious gluten-free dishes! Pick up our book, “Gluten-Free Resolutions” for a variety of combinations that use only the best raw, real foods – your taste buds will be just as happy as your body’s other systems as your health and well-being improves.

Raw foods makes your best options for gluten-free.Raw foods make your best options for gluten-free.

3. Consider a supplement
If you’re searching for a gluten-free supplement to boost your overall health, our BarleyMax makes an excellent option. Since this product is harvested before the head of grain develops in the barley plant, it’s gluten-free, and has been lab tested to ensure the fact. Consuming BarleyMax is a health-conscious decision, as it provides the body’s vital cells with resources to support the immune system from developing disease and chronic conditions.To learn more about this gluten-free product, click here.


  1. I appreciate this information. I do try to avoid processed foods and gluten most of the time. I can see that gluten free foods can be just as unhealthy as gluten if they’re loaded with hidden forms of GMOs and MSG.

    The explanation of Barley Max being gluten free is helpful.

  2. Annette Whitworth May 19, 2020

    This was some great information about how to know what is Gluten free. I have to agree with this statement…Raw, real foods without the label are your best natural gluten-free options. The barley max is a great food to eat too, I love eating mine each morning. Thanks

  3. Victoria C. May 21, 2020

    Many people talk about gluten and celiac. However, we went gluten free for a condition called “leaky gut syndrome”, which I have heard some doctors say is non-existent. I beg to differ. My autistic son’s “melt-downs” melted down to zero after two weeks off of gluten. My own periods of mood swings and depression also subsided significantly. His doctor asked, “Where do you think he got it?” Depression is not always the terrible sin my Mom claimed; sometimes it is the gluten and/or caseine (milk)! So, my son’s condition is said to be responsible for about 85% of the autistic children who are on Ritalin. Add that number to your statistics, and you have something! We eliminated the Ritalin after just a few weeks, along with six other “partner” drugs. We were very glad when you came out with your new gluten free materials. It is very difficult to self finegle the bread recipes from the other book!

    • Melody Hord May 22, 2020

      WOW!! It is fascinating that eliminating gluten could make such a radical difference. I am so happy for you and your son.

  4. Wow… Thanks for this information. So many people are unaware that just because it says “Gluten Free” doesn’t mean it’s actually all that healthy for you. I guess it would be like a lot of the sugar free or fat free foods on the market. They usually add something to make it taste better after removing what made it taste good in the first place. Whole, natural foods are definitely the way to go if you want to be sure you are getting the healthiest option available.

  5. CAROLYN B CALHOUN July 1, 2020

    Gluten free does not always mean the healthest. Check the label for hidden MSG and other additives. Real food is always the best and you don’t have to give up flavor and texture to go with real foods. Thanks for the information.

  6. I agree with reading the food labels. Often for example gluten free bread contains rice flour, tapioca starch, hydrogenated oil, and preservatives which are unhealthy or difficult to digest. If there is a very long list of ingredients that you cannot pronounce, changes are it is not a health food.

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