The what and why behind the 'free from' food movement
You'll likely have noticed a slew of 'free from' foods appearing on supermarket shelves. Things like lactose-free yoghurt, sugar-free chocolate and gluten-free snacks are popping up all over. If you're wondering why this is the case, and whether you should be trying them yourself, read on. Why free from?
Some people simply can't tolerate certain foods. They may be sensitive to the foods (often in the case of gluten) or allergic (nuts and fish). Others choose not to eat certain foods for a number of reasons (like vegans, who avoid all animal products). That's why free from foods are very important.
Gluten is found in wheat, oats, barley and rye. It's a protein that gives bread and other baked goodies their 'bounce'. Bloating and stomach pain are two common symptoms of gluten intolerance.
The lowdown on dairy
Symptoms of dairy intolerance include stomach pain and a stuffy nose. A diet that's free form dairy excludes milk, cheese, butter and yoghurt.
That sugar thing
Added sugar simply isn't good for you. There are a number of reasons for this but what you most need to know is this: excess sugar causes weight gain, increases your risk of developing diabetes and is believed to increase your risk of developing heart disease.
Intolerant? Allergies? Vegan?
Swap this for that ' gluten-free
Processed foods ' homemade foods
Wheat flour ' specially prepared gluten-free flours/almond flour
Regular granola ' gluten-free granola or chia
swap this for that ' dairy
Butter ' nut butters
Dairy milk ' nut 'milk' or rice 'milk'
Dairy yoghurt ' soya yoghurt
Swap this for that ' sugar
Chocolate, cakes and biscuits ' treats with raw cacao, coconut suga
Packaged soups and sauces ' alternatives made with no added sugar
Soft drinks ' coconut water
' Half of the people who have Type 2 diabetes in South Africa are unaware of it.
' Seven out of 10 women and four out of 10 men in SA have a lot more body fat than what is believed to be healthy
' Research indicates 1 in 100 people suffer from coeliac disease, a serious form of gluten intolerance that damages the digestive tract.
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