Whether you’re gluten-free by necessity or choice, finding healthy energy sources that don’t contain gluten can be a challenge. Carbohydrates play a vital role in a healthy diet for a number of reasons:
- They provide energy - your body uses carbohydrates as its main fuel source.
- Protect against disease – evidence has shown that whole grains and dietary fibre reduce your risk of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and digestive problems.
- Controlling weight – fibre content aids weight control by helping you feel full on fewer calories.
Here are the 5 best gluten free choices, which you can add to your diet today:
As one of the only alkalinising grains, millet is packed full of magnesium and great for boosting your energy levels and metabolism. With a distinct nutty flavour, it’s a favourite for heath enthusiasts despite its bird-food-like appearance.
Extremely high in protein and rich in manganese, Quinoa is a grain like seed that contains all nine of the essential amino acids. In addition it contains two flavonoids, Quercetin and Kaempferol, that have been studied for their anti-inflammatory (1), anti-viral (2), anti-cancer (3) and anti-depressant (4) effects.
Although this grain can be cross contaminated since is grows so close to wheat, there is no need to avoid this fibre-rich and protein packed grain unless you are extremely sensitive to gluten. Studies have found that eating 3 grams of oat fibre per day (the amount found in a one-cup serving), can lower your total cholesterol by 8-23%.
This ideal energy source is packed full of potassium and is the fourth most consumed crop in the world, behind rice and wheat according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Potatoes are also a good source of vitamins C and B6, phosphorus, niacin and pantothenic acid.
Considered a whole grain, brown rice is rich in selenium and packed full of anti-oxidants. At the top of the list of foods that help prevent colon cancer, it can also help stabilize blood sugar levels making it an ideal grain for those with diabetes.