Is giving up wheat the answer to losing those extra pounds you just can't shift? We talk to expert nutritionists to find out the pros and cons of saying goodbye to bread and pasta. For good.
1. ‘The main disadvantage of a wheat-free diet is having to look further for wheat-free alternatives, as most grab-and-go options are based on wheat in the first place,’ says Vicki Edgson. ‘Look for buckwheat wraps, and other yeast-free flatbreads, such as corn tortillas.’
2. ‘Many processed foods, including sauces, gravies, ready meals, and even sausages, contain wheat flour – so, unless you prepare all your meals from scratch, you have to look very carefully at the labels, and your options are often much more limited,’ says Cassandra Barnes.
3. ‘Another – perhaps more serious – problem can occur if you don’t replace the wheat with healthy alternatives: you can miss out on important calories and nutrients. This is why it is recommended to see a nutritional therapist if you decide to embark on an exclusion programme,’ adds Cassandra.