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The Truth About Gluten
It seems like lately there has been a lot of talk about Gluten. It appears as if you are seeing a lot more products in stores advertising a gluten free product. In this post, we are going to discuss the truth about gluten. Why are people so concerned about gluten?
The Truth About Gluten Free Products
Rates of celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder in which people are unable to digest gluten, is now 100 times more common now than it was 10 years ago. Research has linked gluten, which is found in wheat, rye, barley, and triticale (wheat-rye hybrid), to a variety of autoimmune conditions ranging from psoriasis to arthritis to just general fatigue and lack of energy. If you are having trouble with energy levels consider the benefits of vitamin b12. In short the truth about gluten is not positive. Besides bread, gluten can be found in a lot of other places. Some common ones are listed below:
- Cooking Spray – Typically used for baking.
- Sushi – Imitation crabmeat has a wheat starch in it. And soy sauce, which contains wheat as a thickener.
- Supplements – Typically they will have “starch” or “modified food starch” on the label.
- Salad Dressings – They usually use wheat-based thickeners.
- Dried Fruits & Nuts – Usually these are made with food processing equipment and can and do become cross- contaminated with gluten products.
- Mustard – Contains flour which has gluten
- Turkey or Chicken – Usually the broths that are used for basting the meat have wheat-based fillers.
- Flavored Yogurt- Has thickeners derived from gluten grains.
- Candy – Wheat Flour is used in a lot of chocolates, licorices and other popular candies.
That is a short list compared to the many foods you consume that contain gluten. The most important thing is to check the label, read all of the ingredients and avoid anything containing starch, flour, wheat, etc. in it. By removing gluten from your diet you can experience better digestion, a greater immune system, and more energy. The truth about gluten may be surprising to many of you because it is such a new topic. Take advantage of a gluten free lifestyle and notice the benefits that follow. With more energy throughout the day you can start to notice the many benefits of an active lifestyle as well.