Meeting Nutritional Needs on a Gluten Free, Dairy Free Diet

Once you stop eating gluten and dairy, are you sure you are Meeting your Nutritional Needs with a Gluten Free and Dairy Free Diet?  Both dairy and gluten based grains are two very large groups of food to eliminate from your diet.  What nutrients are you losing and are their other foods that include these important nutrients?

My featured post today, which answers the questions above, is from the Gluten Free Cooking School.  Here are some of her tips:

Eating SoupHow to Get Your Nutritional Needs Met on a Gluten-Free, Casein-Free (GFCF) Diet

Important Nutrients Most People Get from Gluten Foods:

  1. Fiber: Dietary fiber is a carbohydrate that mostly passes through our digestive system intact. It helps maintain intestinal health, keeps us from becoming constipated, slows down sugar absorption in our bodies after eating, and helps maintain a healthy cholesterol level
  2. B-vitamins: B vitamins are a group of water-soluble vitamins sometimes called the “B complex”. People commonly associate them with energy production, though they also serve other purposes.
  3. Iron: Iron is an important mineral that helps form the structure of proteins, plays a critical role in the function immune system and the production of energy, and plays a role in the growth and differentiation of cells.

Important Nutrients Most People Get from Dairy Foods:

  1. Calcium: This mineral is best known as a major building block of strong bones, but it plays other roles as well. Calcium helps the body’s muscles move and helps nerves conduct messages from the brain to other areas of the body.
  2. Protein: Proteins are made up of chains of amino acids, and various proteins are required in order to repair and maintain the body. Dietary protein is required by our bodies for the replication of DNA, stimuli response, and the transport of molecules from one location to another.

How to Meet Your Nutritional Requirements Without Dairy & Gluten …..

Makes sure to READ THE FULL ARTICLE to see what is suggested to fill the needs for the nutrients missing.

Personally, anyone who is careful to have a full range of grains, seeds, fruit and vegetables, will meet most, if not all, of these needs.  Often though, I find people who continue to eat unhealthy gluten free vegan diets — adding LOTS of processed food — which, you probably know contains very little nutrient value.

Without dairy, people are often concerned that they are not getting enough calcium.  It may surprise you to know that may vegetables, ounce for ounce, have more calcium than most dairy products.   In fact, most vegetables, especially leafy type, contain lots of the nutrients we need for optimum health.

But don’t take my word for it …. read the article!!




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