Should You Go Gluten Free?

Happy Sunday!

One of my partners, Dale’s Raw Bars, just sent out some good info on the benefits of a gluten free diet.

A gluten-free diet is a diet that excludes the protein gluten.

Gluten is found in grains such as wheat, barley and rye.

If you want to follow a gluten-free diet there are some foods you will need to avoid and some foods that you will want to look on the packaging as “Gluten-Free”.

Foods to avoid:

  • Barley
  • Bulgar
  • Durham
  • Farina
  • Graham Flour
  • Kamut
  • Matzo Meal
  • Rye
  • Semolina
  • Spelt
  • Triticale
  • Wheat

Also…avoid these foods unless they’re labeled as “gluten free” or made with corn, rice, soy or other gluten-free grain: beers, breads, candies, cakes and pies, cereals, cookies, crackers, imitation and processed meats or seafoods, oats, pastas, salad dressing, sauces (including soy sauce), soups.

Also check the label to see that they’re processed in a facility that is free of wheat or other contaminating products. Certain grains, such as oats, can be contaminated with wheat during growing and processing stages of production. If you want to eat gluten free, it’s recommended that you avoid oats unless they are specifically labeled “gluten free”. The question of whether people eating a gluten-free diet can consume pure oat products remains a subject of scientific debate.

Cross-contamination also may occur anywhere ingredients come together, such as on a cutting board or a grill surface. You may be exposed to gluten by using the same utensils as others, such as a bread knife, or by sharing the same condiment containers.

Allowed foods: Amaranth, arrowroot, buckwheat, corn, cornmeal, “gluten-free” flours (coconut, rice, potato, bean), grits, quinoa, rice, fresh meats, fruit, most dairy, potatoes, and vegetables.

A gluten-free diet is used to treat celiac disease. Gluten causes inflammation in the small intestines of people with celiac disease.

Eating a gluten-free diet helps people with celiac disease control their signs and symptoms and prevent complications.

Gluten-free diets have also become very popular with people who don’t even have celiac disease. Many have experienced less joint pain and overall inflammation, lower body fat and weight, reduced bloating, gas, constipation, thyroid dysfunction and more.

Check out a great that I just read in CNN.com–> “Will a Gluten Free Diet Improve Your Health?”

Snacking and breakfast are often tough times to be gluten free.

I like to keep things simple so an energy bar a day, sometimes two on a bad preparation day works for me.

I love Dale’s Raw Protein Bars and they are Gluten Free.

If you are looking for a great tasting and healthy gluten free bar try some of his bars–> Dale’s Raw Protein Bars. You can save up to 17% if you click on the combo pack banner.

Let’s have a great week!

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