The Real Deal With Gluten Free

We have all heard the hype lately over going Gluten free. You may be asking, what is Gluten, why may it be bad for me, and how do I go Gluten free?

Gluten is  a protein found in wheat (including kamut and spelt), barley, rye, malts and triticale. It is used as a food additive in the form of a flavoring, stabilizing or thickening agent. It is estimated that 1% of all Americans have Celiac Disease (an extreme intolerance to Gluten) and as many as 10% may have a less extreme intolerance to Gluten. 

Going Gluten free is easier now than ever and you don’t have to completely eliminate gluten from your diet either. Similar to sugar and cholesterol gluten intake can be reduced and may improve the way you feel.

There are many products that are made gluten free and many grocery stores have aisles and/or sections devoted entirely to Gluten free products. Along with buying these products you can also eat foods that are naturally Gluten free. These naturally Gluten free foods are:

  • Fresh produce
  • Plain, fresh meat, chicken, eggs and fish
  • Tofu
  • Potatoes (red, white, gold and blue)
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Whole grain brown rice
  • Quinoa
  • Cultured plain organic yogurt
  • Plain aged block cheeses, as well as goat and blue cheese

The main thing to watch out for in these foods is any additives.

We hope these tips have helped you learn about Gluten and how you can go Gluten free.