If you have watched the news lately or picked up a paper you’ve probably seen something about gluten, gluten free products, or gluten intolerance. Do you truly understand gluten? If not, read on for our wellness guide to gluten.
To understand how gluten impacts your body, you must first understand what gluten is. Gluten is the general name for one of the proteins found in many grains. This elastic protein provides the “glue-like” structure that holds flour products together. Gluten is commonly associated with wheat, but in fact it’s found in several grains including spelt, udon, faro, kamut, orzo, couscous, farina, barley, bran, and rye. Sometimes gluten is hiding in products where you would never expect them, like hot dogs, ice cream, and lipstick.
Gluten has been in the news a lot in recent years because of studies about the effect on health. People who suffer from celiac disease cannot tolerate gluten when it comes in contact with the small intestine, resulting in a variety of maladies including weight loss, bloating, diarrhea, gas, abdominal cramps, or vitamin and mineral deficiencies. When patients totally eliminate gluten from the diet, the lining of the intestine has a chance to heal. But, increasingly, even non-celiacs are turning to gluten-free products. That’s because many people have noticed that following a gluten-free diet helps them feel better and have more vitality. And this increased demand has led to a veritable explosion of gluten-free products in the marketplace. There are now better quality, better tasting gluten-free products than ever before, and they are available in your local grocery store.
For more information on gluten and making gluten-free changes to your diet check out: http://www.celiaccentral.org/Gluten-Free-Food/; there are great tips and tricks on everything from recipes and cooking videos to shopping and restaurant guides.
Also, if you want more information about gluten check out the:
Gluten Free Expo this weekend, October 26-27!
Plano Convention Center, 2000 East Spring Creek Parkway, Plano, TX 75074
For more information visit: http://gfafexpo.com/locations/dallas/
Buy tickets at: http://gfafexpo.com/locations/dallas/#tickets
Leave us a comment: Have you tried gluten-free products; if so what’s your favorite?