Gluten-free products are becoming easier to find in the grocery store, as well as the health food store. But that doesn’t mean they are the most nutritious choice for you. While they may help you avoid the bloating, abdominal pain, fatigue and skin rashes associated with gluten intolerances, they may also be loaded with added sugar. Alternative health expert Bryce Wylde gave Vancouver’s Breakfast Television Extra viewers his gluten-free, fiber bar recipe. These sweet snack bars offer a fiber boost, without any uncomfortable side effects.
Gluten refers to the proteins found in wheat, barley and rye. Gluten helps hold dough together and provides a chewy texture. Unfortunately, it can also cause havoc for people with celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder. “One in 117 people have full-blown celiac disease,” explained Wylde who added, “what’s even more shocking is that 97 percent of them don’t even know it.” Many other people are sensitive to gluten. “At the end of the day, whether you are celiac or gluten-sensitive,” Wylde warned, “gluten-free foods may not necessarily be healthier.” These products are often high in sugar and low in fiber. Wylde suggested making your own bars for an easy gluten-free snack which is rich in essential nutrients.
Gluten-free, Fiber Bars
2 cups gluten-free granola
2 tablespoons of nut butter (almond, cashew, peanut etc.)
1 tablespoon organic honey
¼ cup low-glycemic dried fruit, such as dried cranberries
1 tablespoon of antioxidant-rich cacao powder
1 scoop Sunfiber
Mix ingredients together until it forms a paste. Depending on the granola, you may need to add more nut butter. Place onto wax paper and roll into a log. Chill until firm, and then slice into individual servings.
Sunfiber is a gluten-free soluble fiber. It helps you meet your daily fiber requirement without any uncomfortable gas or bloating as with some other fiber supplements. We were glad to see it included in this recipe.
Soluble fiber is especially good for digestive health because it supports the growth of beneficial gut bacteria. “This fiber is imperative for an overall healthy gut and immune function,” said Wylde.