Free from seems to be the latest food trend, with supermarkets now dedicating aisles to wheat free, dairy free and everything-else-free products.
Whether you’re actually allergic/intolerant or not, it’s likely you’ve encountered one of these products.
It’s of course not just supermarkets but restaurants and cafes who have also jumped on this so-called bandwagon.
But why has there been an increase in free from foods? Because most modern day bodies just aren’t built to digest certain foods.
Yes, while to some this may seem a ‘trend’ to others it’s a lifestyle they have no choice but to lead.
Researchers actually now believe that 1 in 10 people have gluten issues, furthermore, many doctors who treat polycystic ovaries (PCOS) believe up to 85% of women with it have issues with gluten.
Why am I telling you this? Well, because I was informed by my doctor this week that I should no longer be eating wheat and high amounts of carbs, and actually, shouldn’t have been eating it since I got diagnosed with PCOS when I was 16.
What is PCOS and how does it work?
As explained by NHS.net, PCOS is when when your overaies are enlarged and contain fluid surrounding the eggs. 1 in 5 women suffer with it and the side effects can include excessive body hair growth, acne, pelvic pain and difficulty getting pregnant.
Why you shouldn’t eat wheat if you have PCOS
According to the PCOS Doctor and my own GP, most of us are actually affected by gluten and wheat. This is because the human body is built to digest anything which is able to be consumed instantly like meat, nuts and berries.
While I’ve luckily been told gluten isn’t off limits, (so I can still eat oats) I do need to cut out all wheat. Something which to this carb lover isn’t going to be easy.
How can you be wheat-free and still live on a budget?
While recently, more supermarkets have started to stock a lot more free-from foods, these are often more expensive than their full-of-everything counterpart. So what’s naturally wheat-free?
- Fruits and vegetables
- Pulses (chickpeas, lentils etc)
- Nuts and seeds
- Meat and fish
- Cheese, butter, yoghurt, cream and milk
- Rice, buckwheat, quinoa and oats