Hi, I’m Health Coach Tara. I’ve had a lot of questions lately about all kinds of products on the market that are marketed as low-carb or keto-friendly. Today, I’m going to talk about if Carbquick is a healthy flour blend for using on a keto or low carb diet.
Be sure to stay till the end because I have some bonus content you won’t want to miss.
To figure out if this product is a healthy option for the keto diet we will dive into the ingredients list.
Is Carbquick Healthy For Keto?
The Ingredient List
The first ingredient is Carbalose flour which is made up of enzyme enriched wheat, vital wheat gluten, wheat fiber, high-protein patent wheat flour, soy fiber, canola oil, salt, emulsifiers, enzymes, and ascorbic acid. So, are these ingredients healthy?
Are These Ingredients Healthy?
Like many other products on the market labeled as “keto-friendly”, this product contains gluten. So, the question is “Is gluten healthy on the keto diet”.
Gluten, in all forms, contains a protein called gliadin which helps form the gluten network that is so desirable in our bread and baked goods. What is important to understand here is that gliadin along with intestinal bacteria creates a protein called Zonulin that leads to intestinal permeability by opening the tight junctions between our intestinal cells. When these junctions open, things that shouldn’t be able to get in between our intestinal cell walls now can get in.
This leads to an immune response and a cascade of symptoms known as leaky gut. This condition can lead to a whole host of problems and I’ll link a well-researched article at the end. For now, know that a leaky gut often contributes to inflammation, a weaker immune system, and even cravings for sugar and carbohydrates.
Is This A Problem For You?
But, is this a problem for you? If you’ve watched any of my other videos, you know I’m a fan of putting on a detective hat and doing some investigative work.
I’ll tell you what happened when I did this with vital wheat gluten. In early 2020, I was at a conference in Omaha, Nebraska. I had eliminated gluten and wheat from my diet completely for the three months prior to this conference and did a little experiment with a keto pizza that used vital wheat gluten in the crust.
The morning after my two slices of pizza, I woke with my face and body puffy and swollen feeling and a dull headache. My mom who was there with me had the same reaction. I took the leftovers home to my husband Jeremy who tried the same experiment. The next morning he woke up with unexplained muscle soreness but didn’t notice the puffiness my mom and I had experienced.
Now, remember that this type of experiment requires you to remove the food from your diet for at least 4 weeks before testing it out because it can take this long, or longer, for the inflammation to be reduced in the body.
Do Your Own Experiment
Health Coaches and nutritionists often use this kind of elimination diet to see how clients respond to certain foods. I also partner with a naturopath in Australia that does accurate food and chemical sensitivity testing.
If you’d like to learn about this, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you information on how to get this type of testing done. He can even create therapy drops to help you be able to tolerate a food you are sensitive to in the future.
Why Are Companies Using Gluten?
So if vital wheat gluten isn’t a healthy ingredient, why are companies using it? Well, they’re trying to find a way to please the taste buds and sell a product. The gluten network is what gives bread its structure so it makes sense that companies are using science to take out the carbs from wheat flour so they can use it in products like Carbquick.
Canola Oil And Emulsifiers
Now, there are a few other ingredients I’m not a fan of in Carbquick. One of which is canola oil...which we now know is a bad fat that causes inflammation in the body. But, canola oil marketing has many confused. It was so aggressively pushed for years as being a healthy fat. I also don’t like that they say “emulsifiers” and don’t list out what specific emulsifiers are used.
What You Can Do
Alternatives To Carbquick
Instead of using products like Carbquick, explore my website with keto bread, roll, waffle, pancake, and other recipes using healthy keto ingredients. I’m constantly developing and adding new recipes, so be sure you bookmark it and check back often.
If you want to be the first to know about new recipes, be sure you’ve subscribed to my email list. We send out a “what’s new” email each Saturday so you’re sure not to miss a new recipe. To sign up just go to wholebodyliving.com and choose any of the freebies on the front page. With these recipes in your arsenal, you won’t need to buy anything with vital wheat gluten in it ever again.
If you enjoyed this, please be sure you’ve subscribed. If you’re new to keto, you can get our freebies like our free keto food list and free keto meal plan on this website at wholebodyliving.com.
Until next time, this is Health Coach Tara wishing you the very best of health.