Living a gluten-free lifestyle has been gaining in popularity recently due to associated health benefits such as feeling better, more energy, sharper clarity and so much more. The terminology can be confusing, however, so read on to better understand what it means.

Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, barley and a cross between wheat and barley called triticale. A gluten-free diet does not include the grains wheat, barley, rye, or hybrids of these grains. This includes all varieties and forms of these grains, such as spelt (a type of wheat) and malt (made from barley). About 1% of the population needs gluten-free diets. They have celiac disease and gluten can cause damage to the lining of the small intestines. Another 6% of the population has a milder reaction to gluten which can cause gastrointestinal distress. The rest of the population should have no problem digesting gluten products.

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So what are the benefits of a gluten-free diet? People with celiac disease notice a significant difference in their overall health by following the gluten-free diet. However, these people may experience lower levels of vitamins and nutrients that are needed for the body to function properly. Make sure that you discuss your levels with your doctor and nutritionist.

1. As Sri Lankans can never give up their beloved rice and curry, perhaps switch to brown rice – whole grains are healthy and doesn’t put a dent on your wallet.

Gluten-free diets mean less prepared foods and more cooking from natural sources. Thankfully, more and more stores are stocking the ingredients to make healthy food. Make wise choices because gluten-free diets also contain more fat. Here at Three Bakers, our products are backed with a commitment to your health (as well as your taste buds!), we craft our products with all-natural ingredients and keep our salt and sugars low.

After adhering to this diet, you will notice a change in your eating habits, your health and your cooking style.

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