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Does Gluten Free mean healthy eating?


 

What is Gluten? Why is everybody talking about it? Why do we make Gluten Free Products at INBITE?

Before beginning to develop today’s theme we need to know that Gluten is a protein you can find in wheat, rye, spelt (and other grains) that helps hold the food together like glue. It is not in corn, rice, or oats, but be careful because oats are mostly contaminated during processing, you would need to buy ones that are certified gluten free (meaning they were processed in a gluten free facility). 

 It is also important to know that almost all processed food contains gluten for one reason or another: thickening, flavor, as a binder, or as a major ingredient in pasta, pizza, cakes, bread, cookies. It is also used to stop stuff sticking together, like prepacked grated cheese, the one you find at the supermarkets; hard to believe but true. It is also used in many pharmaceuticals, in makeup and household products. Gluten is everywhere.

The fact is that we are considering now if Gluten is good or bad when we have been consuming Gluten all our lives.
Celiac and non-celiac gluten intolerants can't eat even a little bit of gluten without causing themselves serious long term health problems like bowel cancer, alzheimer's and short term ranges from headaches and brain fog, pains in the joints, diarrhea, constipation or indigestion for example.
Also some studies relate Autism seems to be a dietary problem. Many families have discovered that by quitting gluten, casein (a similar protein in milk products), soy and some other things they helped their children behavior.

However most of the people who reach for gluten-free products do not have any celiac disease or even a sensitivity to wheat, Peter H.R. Green, MD, director of the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University, told WebMD. "The market for gluten-free products is exploding. Why exactly we don’t know. Many people may just perceive that a gluten-free diet is healthier."

 “Experts estimate that about 1% of Americans have celiac disease. The condition, caused by an abnormal immune response to gluten, can damage the lining of the small intestine. That, in turn, can prevent important nutrients from being absorbed.” (www.webmed.com/digestive-disorders)

Some people may be sensitive to gluten but do not have outright celiac disease. These people may feel better on a diet with less gluten.

Controversial topic indeed. By eliminating gluten from your diet, you can increase the absorption if iron through your intestines and enjoy energy that lasts throughout the day and into the evening. This is a much healthier alternative to coffee and caffeinated drinks. Also Improving your digestion. Not only that, but eliminating gluten can stop bloating, meaning you look and feel healthier all the time.

A number of autoimmune diseases have recently been associated with gluten. These diseases are conditions that are a result of the immune system attacking the body, as opposed to pathogens or viruses that are dangerous to you (celiac diseases, lactose intolerance, new types of Diabetes etc.)

Now all of this does not mean gluten is “bad or good” by itself. It is just different! Whether you choose to buy gluten-free products or not, my advice is always understanding the importance of eating well balanced meals and eat as many vegetables as you can, look for whole grains and always listen your body.

At INBITE we are in a constant search for quality ingredients and promoting healthy alternatives. We develop products to satisfy particular health issues no matter if you have a health condition or you are sensitive to a specific product or you want to have a healthier lifestyle. We give our customers the best offering low carb, Paleo, Gluten free, lactose free and low sugar products.

Ana R.