The G-Free Diet Review

by The Diet Critic on January 21, 2015

The G-Free Diet Review

The G-Free Diet is a gluten-free diet and book from American television personality and talk show host, Elisabeth Hasselbeck. In her book, “The G-Free Diet: A Gluten-Free Survival Guide”, Hasselbeck explains how to cut gluten (ex. wheat, rye, barley, and other products containing it) out of your diet. She provides you with the necessary tools required to start living a gluten-free life at home, when you are away from home, when you are dining out and how to manage the diet with family and friends.

Hasselbeck has Celiac disease. This is an autoimmune disorder of the small intestine that is triggered by gluten, which causes an inflammatory reaction when ingested and can damage the small intestine, preventing it from properly absorbing nutrients from food. Therefore, eating gluten-free is extremely important for those who have this disease.

On the official G-Free Diet website, the benefits listed for going gluten-free are: increased energy, lower cholesterol, weight loss, ADD/ADHD help, better health and IBS control. Following this diet will mean avoiding all foods that contain gluten. This includes any food that is made with rye, wheat, and barley, such as fried foods, beer, soy sauce, dairy substitutes and any food that has been processed in the same facility as wheat, such as some oats. Essentially if it contains gluten or has come in contact with it, it is off limits.

Hasselbeck recommends exercising to maintain overall health.

Pros

It is possible to lose weight on this diet, as many products that contain gluten are high in fat and calories. In her book, Hasselbeck provides plenty of useful information including tips on how to avoid gluten when dining out, how to decode food labels, how to create g-free shopping lists, recipes and more. This diet is likely to be very useful and beneficial to anyone with Celiac disease.

Cons

This is a highly restrictive diet and may be difficult for some people to follow. Furthermore, while the G-Free Diet may be a good diet for individuals who are sensitive to gluten and who have Celiac disease, it is not necessarily a healthier or smarter option for those who are not allergic to gluten. The reason is not only is purchasing gluten-free products more expensive, but these products can be very high in carbohydrates, calories and fat. In fact, some people who choose to go gluten-free actually gain weight. Therefore, it may be better to simply reduce the amount of gluten you eat instead of cutting it out of your diet entirely. It is best to eat a calorie-conscious balanced diet.

Keep in mind that Elisabeth Hasselbeck is not a medical expert. Before you decide to eliminate any food from your diet, or if you suspect that you might have Celiac disease, it is recommended your first talk with your doctor before making any major dietary changes.

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