When you mention the phrase gluten-free; you might get the occasional eye roll with them asking why you have to be gluten-free. People not affected by celiac disease or wanting to be healthier altogether, may not know how to react or respond. As gluten-free becomes more mainstream, the confusion on what gluten is will hopefully disappear.
What is gluten
The word gluten is still relatively new to people and can leave people scratching their heads as to what gluten is. To put it simply, think of gluten as the glue of food. Gluten acting as a binding agent keeping food from falling apart. Gluten consists of ingredients such as wheat, barley, and rye. If manufacturers were to make let’s say bread without gluten; you would have a substantially more expensive product. In gluten-free products, the gluten is replaced with ingredients that have somewhat the same qualities that gluten provides. For example, some binding agents that are used are tapioca flour, xantham gum, and quinoa flour.
Restaurants have been adapting to people with gluten sensitivities gradually. However, a standard $8 pizza will usually cost $14 to be gluten-free. Higher-end restaurants will often cater to your dietary restrictions, but fast food chains should be avoided altogether.
Effects of gluten
When somebody is allergic to gluten, their body immune response may come in many forms. Some may experience bodily functions such as bloating, diarrhea, vomiting, gas, and nausea. While others may get chronic fatigue, weight loss, fever, muscle cramps, joint pain, concentration and memory loss, and among others.
The quote “you are what you eat” really applies to food. People don’t realize that problems they may be experiencing through their day to day lives may be from the effects of their diet. Start with checking your diet and find out what you may be allergic to.
With the high price for gluten-free products and the unknown taste; we have come up with a list to help you starting out. We can assure you that you will not miss the taste of gluten after trying our delicious finds.
- Amy’s Bean and Cheese Frozen Burrito SHOP
- Nature’s Path Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Waffles SHOP
- Udi’s Gluten Free Blueberry Frozen Muffins SHOP
- Garden Sites Zucchini & Carrots Frozen Chocolate Muffins SHOP
- Nature’s Path Organic Honey’d Corn Flakes Cereal SHOP
- Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh Sliced Oven Roasted Turkey Breast SHOP
- Dannon Oikos Triple Zero Greek Vanilla SHOP
- Udi’s Gluten Free White Frozen Bread SHOP
- Udi’s Gluten Free Multigrain Frozen Bread SHOP
- Owyn Dark Chocolate Protein Plant-Based Drink SHOP
- Late July Snacks Sea Salt Thin & Crispy Tortilla Chips SHOP
- Late July Snacks Nacho Chipotle Tortilla Chips SHOP
- Late July Snacks Jalapeño Lime Tortilla Chips SHOP
- Simple Mills Farmhouse Cheddar Almond Flour Crackers SHOP
- Cedars Original Hommus Snack Pack SHOP
- Applegate Grilled Chicken Breast Strips SHOP
- Against The Grain Gourmet Gourmet Pizza Three Cheese SHOP
- Against The Grain Gourmet Gourmet Pizza Nut-Free Pesto SHOP
- Taste Republic Four Cheese Tortelloni SHOP
- Artisola Organic Spinach And Cheese Ravioli SHOP
- Saffron Road Chicken Biryani with Basmati Rice SHOP
- Saffron Road Chicken Pad Thai with Rice Noodle SHOP
- Saffron Road Chicken Enchiladas Poblano SHOP
- Modern Table Cheddar Broccoli Lentil Pasta SHOP
- Modern Table Creamy Alfredo Lentil Pasta SHOP
- Jovial Organic Gluten Free Brown Rice Spaghetti SHOP
- Newman’s Own Alfredo Sauce SHOP
- Tasty Bite Organic Basmati Rice SHOP
- Kinnikinnik Vanilla Wafers SHOP
- Kinnikinnik Smoreables Graham Style Crackers SHOP
- Katz Chocolate Glazed Donut Holes SHOP
- Nadamoo! Cookies & Creme Dairy-Free Frozen Vegan Dessert SHOP
- NadaMoo! Gotta Do Chocolate Dairy-Free Frozen Vegan Dessert SHOP
- Halo Top Chocolate Ice Cream SHOP
- Simple Mills Soft Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies SHOP