Gluten Free: What Does It Mean?

Gluten Free: What Does It Mean?

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 really needs diets that are totally gluten free. They have celiac disease and gluten can cause damage the lining of the small intestines. Another 6% of the population has a milder reaction to the gluten which can cause gastrointestinal distress. The rest of the population should have no problem digesting gluten products.

Many foods are naturally gluten free. Examples of these include dairy products, nuts, fruits and vegetables and fresh meat. These foods should be made with soy, rice, corn or another gluten free grain. If you plan to follow a gluten free diet then avoid any pasta, bread, desserts; beer, cereal and a long list of other foods are on the banned list.

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.

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 baked 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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