Gluten is a mixture of proteins that trigger a reaction from people who have gluten intolerance and from those suffering from celiac disease. But exactly what is gluten and how can it affect you?
Gluten, as mentioned, is a mixture of proteins found in wheat and other grains such as rye, barley, and oats. It is also found in soy even if soy is technically gluten free because soy is usually planted in the same field as wheat which makes it highly susceptible for gluten contamination. Because wheat and its cousins are found in a variety of products such as bread, pasta, cereals, granola bars, and the like, it is very limiting for a person who suffers from gluten intolerance and celiac disease to enjoy food that contains gluten.
People suffering from celiac disease, also known as celiac sprue, experience intense bloating, persistent diarrhea and/or constipation, and vomiting among others. Those who suffer from this disease are unable to tolerate the gliadin which is the alcohol-soluble fraction of gluten.
Eating food that has gluten triggers a strong reaction in their immune system which makes it almost unbearable because of the wide-ranging reactions that they get the minute they eat something that has even a trace of gluten. Eating gluten actually affects the small intestine the most and can even lead to a point where the body becomes inefficient or unable to absorb nutrients from the food that you ingest.
Gluten intolerance can lead to painful bloating, upset stomach and indigestion.
The best way to avoid the reactions whether they be as mild as getting itchy hives all over their body or as severe as needing medication for persistent diarrhea is to avoid eating food that contains gluten altogether. Even those who have no proven record of being gluten intolerant has decided to go gluten-free because of the many benefits of following this diet.
Gluten can be found in different kinds of food because this protein that is derived from wheat helps food retain its shape and it also adds flavor and texture to it. Pasta, cereals, bread, pizza, and pastries often require the use of flour as the main ingredient for its base which is why a lot of people who have decided to go gluten free are learning to do without these food items.
Gluten can be found in food items that includes wheat in its ingredients list.
Oats and soy, which are inherently gluten-free are not because of how they are planted. Since crop rotation is often done in farms, it is no wonder that these two products experience what you call cross-contamination. They might also be processed and milled where wheat has also been processed and milled which means they have some amount of gluten that becomes attached to them. This is also the reason it is easy for a lot of products that are available in the market to have some gluten content because various products are processed in one place and usually, wheat is one of the products that are often processed as an ingredient or raw product.
Reading food labels is very important when you’re wanting to go gluten-free because you would want to make sure that what you buy has not been contaminated with gluten. Especially if you are suffering from celiac disease where even a minute amount of a product that has gluten can trigger a reaction. By making sure that there are no allergen contamination labels in products and by checking the list of ingredients or the method by which the product has been processed, you can ensure that what you are planning to buy is gluten free.
A lot of people think that going without the gluten-laden products would be difficult because it does affect a lot of food products. But in reality, there are a lot of gluten-free alternatives that you can choose from that will make your lifestyle shift easy and totally enjoyable. Because the health and fitness society are becoming more aware of the risks of having gluten as a part of their normal diet, the alternatives for wheat-based products have increased phenomenally.
It’s possible to still have pasta but instead of using the usual flour-based, store bought ones, you can opt for vegetable noodles using a spiralizer that turns your vegetables into long noodles that you can use for your pasta dishes. You can also use rice noodles as an option for your red sauce pasta dishes or to be used in noodle soups and casseroles.
For desserts, you can make use of starchy vegetables like pumpkin, sweet potatoes, and a variety of nuts and nut-based flours to make your dessert of choice. Not only are they delicious, but they will also be a lot healthier. There are also bread recipes that do away with flour such as cloud bread, and there are also all-purpose gluten-free mixes that are ready to use for your recipes instead of the regular wheat flour that’s available in your local grocery stores.
Rice noodles similar to the ones used in pad thai is a great gluten-free alternative to wheat pasta
Spiralized zucchini is a great fluten-free substitute in pasta dishes.
We have also created our products because we believe in supporting the community’s desire to eat whole foods that are inclusive and enjoyable for everybody. Our cereals, granola bites, and trail mixes were created so that you can have the flexibility of having healthier alternatives to food that you enjoy. We want to make sure that we are able to help the community in building better and healthier lifestyle choices that are supported in every way possible.
The growing awareness about gluten and its effects has led to a lot of people opting to go gluten-free, which in turn lead to the rise of healthier and better gluten-free options that are readily available for those who suffer from gluten intolerance and those who are afflicted by celiac disease.The discussion about gluten has not only made people aware of the possible reason for their outbreaks, for their allergies, or their bad health in general, but more importantly, it has made people wary of the food that they eat and have encouraged them to be mindful of what they put into their bodies.
Organic, sprouted nuts and seeds that are 100% gluten-free.
We only get to have one body in this lifetime and they are the vessel through which we grow and nourish not just our lives but those of the people we love and care about; and the best way that we can take care of others is by taking care of ourselves first. Knowing that you have a community that supports your decision to live a better, healthier lifestyle is crucial in ensuring that you are able to achieve long term success.
At Lark Ellen Farm, we support your decision to live a healthier lifestyle. We always make sure that our products are 100% gluten free so that we can always deliver top notch quality options for you and your family. We stand by our dedication in ensuring that our products will give you healthy and delicious options that you will always love and enjoy.