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As I have said before, it’s tough to find high-quality, yet healthy, GFCF snacks for your family. This week’s review is of Mrs. May’s Pineapple Fruit Chips. According to the company website: “Pineapples are rich in bromelain, a group of sulfur-containing proteolytic (protein-digesting) enzymes that not only aid digestion, but can effectively reduce inflammation and swelling, and has even been used experimentally as an anti-cancer agent.” As many people who follow a GFCF diet know, it’s very important to eat natural foods that can help with digestion and/or reduce inflammation. And, here’s a product that can do both! Plus, there are only 40 calories in a serving and only 7 g of sugar (no added sugar).
Mrs. May’s Pineapple Fruit Chips are one of 5 different flavors of fruit chips that the company offers. The other flavors are: Apple, Strawberry, Pear, and Mango. The only ingredient in the fruit chips is the freeze-dried fruit. There are no added nitrates or preservatives that often get put onto dried fruits. And, the package is small enough to fit in a purse or lunch bag very easily.
Mrs. May’s Pineapple Fruit Chips are tangy and just a tiny bit sweet. They have a nice crunchiness to them, but don’t taste like bland cardboard (as other brands of dried fruit often do). I’m actually not a huge fan of eating pineapple on its own because of the strong acidic flavors, but I enjoyed these chips and I would like to try their other varieties too. I think these freeze-dried fruits would also be an excellent thing to have in an emergency food kit since they can provide you with real fruit that won’t need refrigeration.
You can purchase Mrs. May’s Pineapple Fruit Chips at most grocery stores, natural food stores, and even shopping clubs like Costco.
Welcome to Part 1 in my Diet Comparison series. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be comparing three different diets (Paleo, GAPS, and SCD) to the GFCF Diet. Many people wonder what the differences are between the diets and/or if they can follow one of the other diets and still avoid gluten and casein. I hope this series will help to dispel the rumors and provide you with more extensive information.
Comparing Paleo to the GFCF Diet
The GFCF Diet, also called the Autism Diet, certainly seems to help alleviate a number of the symptoms associated with the autism spectrum. It effectively deals with gluten and casein intolerances and the digestive issues associated with both. There are a few other diets out there that are also gluten-free and casein-free. Today, we’ll take a look at ancestral diets, which go by several names such as the Caveman Diet and Ancestral Eating.
What is Ancestral Eating?
The principle behind paleo eating plans is the idea that humans began eating grains and animal milks in abundance far too quickly. Because of this, our bodies didn’t have a chance to properly learn how to digest either. Some cultures started incorporating both earlier than others. It is possible that this could explain why some people have fewer intolerances to grains and dairy than others.
The following food groups permissible on the paleo diet:
- Coconut milk and oil
- Lean meats
- Vegetable and nut oils
While that may not look like a lot of choices, they include any food from any of the categories. There are a few foods to avoid in addition to dairy and grains. These include starchy vegetables like corn and potatoes. Meats high in saturated fat should also be avoided. However, free-range cattle is often less fatty, and you can trim traditionally raised beef.
Legumes, which includes soybeans, chickpeas, peanuts and black beans, are not allowed, and obviously, refined sugars and overly processed foods are not permitted. Some versions of the Caveman Diet also advise that any food that cannot be eaten raw should not be eaten at all. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t cook the food though! Our ancestors had fire and cooked food, however, that wasn’t always an option.
How does GFCF Compare to an Ancestral Diet?
Like the GFCF Diet, the ancestral eating plans also see gluten and casein as major contributors to certain health and behavior issues. It is far easier to eat gluten-free and casein-free while following a caveman diet than it is the GFCF Diet or the similar Autism Diet. The reason lies in the fact that all the permitted foods come from the produce, meat and seafood sections of the supermarket. There is no guesswork or scrutiny of food choices involved.
However, just because it’s easier to avoid gluten and casein, that doesn’t mean the diet is easier to follow. The Autism Diet allows flour substitutes and small quantities of sugar to make things like breads, pastas, and desserts. Paleo diets allow neither, and while no sugar is healthier, it is difficult to get kids on board with giving up “normal” food and the occasional sweet treat.
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