What is Gluten-Free?

September 22, 2014 No Comments »
What is Gluten-Free?

Keep hearing about ‘Gluten-Free’ but still not familiar with what it means? 

Celiac

Celiac disease is an autoimmune digestive disease that damages the villi of the small intestine and interferes with absorption of nutrients from food.

One in 133 Americans has celiac disease. An estimated 3 million Americans across all races, ages and genders suffer from celiac disease.

Did you know that 95% of celiacs go undiagnosed or are misdiagnosed with other conditions?*  In fact, the average time that a person waits for a correct diagnosis is 6-10 years!**

Celiac disease can lead to a number of other disorders, including infertility, reduced bone density, neurological disorders, some cancers, and other autoimmune diseases.

There are NO pharmaceutical cures for celiac disease. A 100% gluten-free diet is the only existing treatment for celiac today.

Why Go Gluten-Free?

Many people adopt a gluten-free diet because it is a trend in stores now. Here are some pros and cons:

Pros:

§  Going gluten-free can be a great way to try new grains. Amaranth, corn, rice, and quinoa are all gluten-free. Make them whole grain and low in fat and sodium and you have a winning base for a meal!

§  Giving up gluten and wheat might mean giving up a lot of unhealthful refined wheat choices, like croissants, cookies and white bread.

Cons:

§  Gluten-free foods can be expensive — often two to three times the cost of their gluten-tastic companions.

§  Gluten-free products can still be high in sodium, sugar, and/or fat. Gluten-free does not automatically mean a food is healthful. Check the Nutrition Facts panel before tossing a new food in your cart.

foodandhealth.com

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