Dairy-Free and Gluten-Free Dieters Don’t Get Enough Nutrients
Haven’t you heard?
A few months ago I was clicking my way from blog to blog, following tantalizing recipes, when I stumbled upon a post that changed my entire path. I don’t think the blogger had any idea how her “kind” recipe post would spur someone to action, but it did.
She was sharing a recipe for what she called “antioxidant” cupcakes, and the story that led to their creation. She was going to an office party where one of her coworkers was dairy-free and another was gluten-free. She noted that “free-from dieters are nutritionally deficient” – specifically stating that dairy-free people do not get enough calcium and vitamin D and gluten-free foodies do not get enough fiber. So her pomegranate-infused cupcakes (still filled with sugar) were somehow going to bring needed nourishment to these poor malnutritioned soles.
Though her intentions were sweet and should be honored (which is why I am respectfully not linking to that post), I was utterly shocked by the incorrect information that is obviously being pushed through our society. The notion that cutting a single food, or two, or three from ones diet would automatically lead them down an unhealthy path. As many free-from dieters know, it is usually the opposite that is true.
Within an instant, I knew my new path. My first step, creating Dairy-Free & Fit to discuss delicious health and living life well. My next step … lets just say there is much more to come on the foodie, fitness, and health front. Stay tuned!
To get the ball rolling on awareness, I would like to clarify that dairy-free and gluten-free diets can be more than nutritionally sufficient – in fact, most free-from foodies I know follow a primarily whole foods diet that is rich in nutrients and light on the cupcakes!
So tell me, whether you follow a vegan diet, a low sugar diet, a primal diet, or some other type of free-from diet – what diet myths and misunderstandings have you come across in everyday life?