It’s common to think that a gluten-free diet is automatically a healthy diet. But while it does have its share of nutritional benefits, it can be subject to poor nutrition if not monitored closely. It’s easy that in your excitement to find gluten-free foods that you can enjoy you miss out on checking for the valuable nutrients in them.
Contrary to popular belief, you can easily adopt a gluten-free junk-food lifestyle if the majority of foods you eat are high in refined sugar and hydrogenated fats and lacking favorable portions of dietary fiber. Regularity is generally a good indicator of digestive health, and poor regularity on a gluten-free diet can be a sign of not getting enough water, fiber, or exercise.
Some other ways of not getting enough nutrition on a gluten-free diet include: too much reliance on starchy foods such as potatoes, pastas, and breads without a healthy balance of gluten-free whole grains, not eating enough fresh fruits and vegetables, eating most of your foods from a can or a package and not enough raw foods, or too many foods with just white flours or too much sugar. As with any other diet, you need to make sure your nutritional bases are covered.