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The cost and advantages of going gluten-free
Not many people would accuse me of being a health nut – at least not those who knew me in years past. But these days, with plenty of my life dedicated to walking park trails, running 5Ks on the treadmill and “beasting out” boot camp workout classes, my focus has changed to healthier eating and living.
To that end, last night I performed an interesting experiment in my search for gluten-free foods on Amazon. After having an eye-opening revelation whilst reading the best-selling book titled Wheat Belly by William Davis, MD, I realized I wanted to go the gluten-free route to test out its multi-faceted benefit claims, none the least of which is the lesser-known finding that gluten-infused wheat and other substances with the protein added as a binding agent can cause acne. It doesn’t hurt that plenty of Dr. Davis’ patients also lost weight and experienced improved joint pain and many more positive results after removing gluten from their diets.
So I was ready to go gluten-free, but how much would it cost?
The cost of gluten-free products
The first step that many folks probably take along their gluten-free journey is in reading up on what’s exactly on the “safe list” and what’s not. In general, whole fruits like bananas, oranges and strawberries – along with veggies like Romaine lettuce, tomatoes, green peppers and so on are the stuff that gluten-free dreams are made of and relatively easy to spot in the grocery store produce section. Add to that lean meats like steak and chicken – the ones with no breading added and such – and you’ve got yourself a gluten-free meal.
Yes, some people have noted that switching your grocery-shopping menu from buying a lot of cheap boxed preservative microwave meals to fresher, healthier items can raise your bill approximately 20% – but with the benefits of better health, clearer skin and untold improvements, the increased cost seems well worth the price. (If you need more information about gaining funds, visit this website.)
How much exactly do gluten-free products cost? Well, most of us know the relative prices of produce, but in scrolling through the best sellers in the grocery category on Amazon.com, I was quite surprised to see that the top selling items were gluten-free fare, some with hefty prices. The breakfast snack bars called “KIND” – loaded with almonds, peanuts and chocolate – were nearly $15 for a box of 12 bars, not too shabby. That price was actually a lot better than the nearly $30 commanded for a 5-count box of Pamela’s Products Wheat Free and Gluten Free bars. Beyond that, a 4.5-ounce Crunchmaster Cracker package of sea salt-flavored gluten free crackers chimed in at more than $17, quite an expensive little pack of snacks compared to a bag of potato chips.
Is going gluten-free worth the cost?
That’s the ultimate question one must decide when embarking on a new way of eating. If reducing the amount of dairy, gluten and sugar you eat improves your health tremendously – after all, different people have differing levels of gluten sensitivity to all-out Celiac disease or diabetes – enough to prevent worsening health issues, or allowing you to reduce your medication taken for existing conditions under your doctor’s advisement, then the answer would be a resounding, “Yes!”