I have celiac disease and I don’t eat ʺgluten-free.ʺ
Yes, you read that right. I have celiac disease, but I don’t eat ʺgluten-free.ʺ Stick with me, folks! It’s not nearly as crazy as it sounds! You see, ʺgluten-freeʺ is a label. And generally speaking, I don’t eat foods that have labels—or ingredient lists for that matter. ʺGluten-freeʺ really means manufactured, less nutritious, foodlike substance.
For whatever reason you’re giving up gluten, whether you’ve just been diagnosed with celiac disease, or non-celiac gluten sensitivity, or you’ve heard that, for whatever reason, gluten is bad for you and you want to be healthy, going ʺgluten-freeʺ isn’t going to do you any favors. Instead, I eat a whole-foods diet free of gluten. Why? Because a loaf of gluten-free bread costs two to three times more than regular bread—and is mostly devoid of nutrients, fiber, and flavor.