27 Nov Why go Gluten Free?
If you are thinking of going gluten free but are trying to research why go gluten free? We have put a short informative blog together to help you decide.
What is Gluten?
Gluten is found in three grains, wheat, rye & barley. It is part of a protein that lends elasticity to foods like bread or dough. Acting like a ‘glue’ binding and holding foods together. While some people are lucky enough not to have allergies or sensitivities, some people aren’t so lucky with gluten damaging parts of their small intestine & lining the gut to prevent the absorption of nutrients (to the upmost extent).
Foods that naturally contain gluten
Wheat is a very prominent ingredient in foods like bread but it also hides in soy sauce, malt vinegar, couscous, beer and wine, some broths & most pre-packaged foods & processed meats. Other relations to wheat, including spelt, kamut, farrow, durum, semolina and triticale will also trigger allergies.
Foods that are free from gluten
Many people ask if oats contain gluten and while they do not, they may be contaminated during processing. Examples of naturally gluten free whole grains include brown rice, whole corn, gluten-free oats, millet, teff, sorghum, wild rice, buckwheat, amaranth and quinoa.
Wheat allergy or gluten intolerance is an adverse immunologic reaction to wheat proteins, a classic food allergy affecting the skin, gastrointestinal tract or respiratory tract. Seek medical or dietary assistance if you feel you may have an intolerance or allergy.
Gluten intolerance is more common and widely acknowledge now and we have seen a huge shift to healthy wholesome diets with whole foods. Even grocery stores, restaurants or take away places are giving consumers an increased selection. This is great news for those who choose to live without gluten in their diets as they can now keep some normality in their everyday routines and social calendars.
Eating Gluten Free
While there is a greater range of pre-packaged options, we feel strongly that if you are going to make this dietary change and commit to a no gluten diet for health reasons then you need to find foods like fruit and vegetables, chicken, beef, pork, fish, milk or yoghurts, all naturally devoid of gluten. There are so many recipes and resources to tap into on the internet and ancient grains like quinoa, black rice and amaranth are gluten free and all the rage right now.
Consult a professional
Just make sure you do your research or consult a professional as people often mistake gluten free for eating grain fee. This can result in an inadequate intake of iron, fibre and vitamin B which is important for cellular functioning and metabolism. Another reason to consider any whole good alternatives over pre-packaged is that some gluten free foods are also high in fat, trans fat and sugar. As with all processed foods, we believe that a natural source should always be chosen over packaged products.
Gluten free with Zestio
As there is no nutritional value in gluten, we believe it is best to try and omit it whenever possible. Choose to eat foods that are naturally gluten free and make you feel good, which will improve your nutrient absorption and give you more energy. Why not try eliminating gluten from your diet to see if your health improves….
For healthy eating options with your children, don’t forget that Zestio have a great range of products including their Zestio Reusable Food Pouch and their Zesty Pops. Which make great storage and lunchbox options – giving choices that are free from gluten!
Hope this helps you answer your question…Why go gluten free??