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What Gluten-Free Really Means

What Gluten-Free Really Means

What Gluten-Free Really Means.

“Now all of this does not mean gluten is ‘bad or good’ by itself. It is just different!”

What is Gluten?

A lot of people seem to roll their eyes at the mention of having a gluten-free diet, mainly because they don’t know what gluten is. For those who don’t know gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye, and triticale. Some people have developed an intolerance for gluten, but why… a couple of years ago most people didn’t even know gluten existed nor did they ever question their ability to eat bread. 

What is a Celiac?

Some people can’t process gluten altogether. Celiac disease is an intolerance to gluten, where the immune system reacts against the protein when it is ingested or even touched. Gluten can cause celiacs 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. Experts estimate that approximately 1% of the population has celiacs disease.

What does it mean to go gluten-free?

Other people may be sensitive to gluten but do not have outright celiac disease. These people may feel better on a diet with less gluten. And other people willingly choose a gluten-free diet without having any adverse reaction to gluten. Typically these people perceive going gluten-free as a healthier diet. There is compelling evidence out there for people to choose to forgo gluten.

Why would someone want to go gluten-free?

Dr. Alessio Fasano, the world’s top gluten expert, explains the relationship our bodies have with gluten. First, we as humans can’t completely break down the protein gluten, our body was simply not designed for it, yet we still eat it and most are fine. Where the real problem lies is in the process of making gluten products. Making beer or bread is a process where one allows yeast to fragment for about 10 to 12 hours. This process is crucial to let the enzymes break down and make it easier for our bodies to digest gluten. However, in the United States, the process to make gluten products is accelerated artificially for the sake of cost-effectiveness but at the cost of our wellbeing. Additionally, in the United States, a large portion of gluten has pesticides and is genetically modified, changing the grains into something our bodies are not used to processing. 

So… is gluten good or bad?

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 to always understand the importance of eating well-balanced meals and eat as many vegetables as you can, look for whole grains and always listen to your body.

At InBite we are in a constant search for quality ingredients and promoting healthy alternatives. Ana Rodriguez Fortun and Giancarlo Timotei started InBite to create an alternative source to gluten for those who are celiac, and for those who desire to have a balanced diet. 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. Click here to check out some of our amazing products.

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