There’s no reason to avoid gluten if you aren’t gluten sensitive or diagnosed with celiac disease. Some people mistakenly think that switching from gluten-based products to gluten free products will result in better health or weight loss. This isn’t necessarily true. Some gluten free foods are just as unhealthy as their gluten-full counterparts (think gluten free cupcakes and pizzas) and contain the same number of calories. That being said, switching from a highly refined carbohydrate diet to one that is more plant-based (swapping standard pasta for spiralized veggie noodles) can boost the nutritional profile of a meal and help fill you up with fewer calories.
How do I know if I'm gluten intolerant?
If you experience any of the following symptoms after eating wheat, rye or barley, there is a possibility you may have a sensitivity to gluten:
Diarrhea most days or worse after eating foods containing gluten
Severe bloating and or cramps after eating foods containing gluten
Regular headaches or recurring migraines that are worse after eating gluten
Constipation or irregular bowel movements
Is gluten free sports nutrition better for performance?
It depends. If you need to avoid gluten (i.e., if you are sensitive to it) the presence or absence of symptoms associated with eating gluten containing sports products could be affecting your performance. If you are having GI issues because you accidentally ate something with gluten (a sauce you had at a restaurant the night before a big event, for instance), it could negatively impact your race the next day. If you have no issues with gluten, however, there isn’t compelling evidence to suggest any benefits by removing it from your diet in the days leading up to events.
I like Stroopwafels, but I'm gluten intolerant.
That’s totally fine! We formulated all of our Stroopwafels to contain the same amount of sodium, carbohydrates, and branched chain amino acids to adequately fuel your performance. If you have a sensitivity to gluten, you can confidently choose Salted Chocolate, Coconut or Wild Berries without fear of missing out!
What GU is gluten-free?
Myth busting questions + answers:
Should I go gluten free?
Only if you have an intolerance or food sensitivity to it.
Who should eat a gluten free diet?
Those who have an intolerance to gluten.
Should everyone be gluten free?
Should you eat gluten free if you are not allergic?
Not necessarily! Instead, focus on eating whole foods with minimally processed ingredients to support a diet rich in various nutrients.