What is Gluten?
Gluten is the name for proteins most commonly found in wheat. It acts like glue, helping food keep their elastic texture like dough. Fun fact: the original Latin meaning is glue! It is mostly associated with wheat, but it is not the only place it can be found. Those with Celiac disease or intolerances must be careful about what foods they eat.
Why can’t some people eat it?
One of the serious reasons someone can’t ingest gluten is if they suffer from Celiac disease. Celiac is an autoimmune disorder that causes gluten to trigger immune system activity that damages the lining of the small intestine. If this happens over time it can cause those affected to not be able to appropriately absorb nutrients from food. A sensitivity doesn’t have the same risk. Symptoms can include abdominal pain, bloating and constipation.
What is the diet like?
As you might imagine, those with Celiac disease or a sensitivity should be very careful with their diet. Making sure to avoid those foods with gluten. In today’s age, having some sort of sensitivity is very common, and foods have been changing to provide various substitutions.
Fruits, vegetables, beans, dairy, lean meats and many different types of grains are all naturally gluten free. There are many options and many companies specifically focus on making gluten-free options. As with being vegan, there are some common misconceptions about those who need to avoid gluten, one being that their diet is limited and sometimes lackluster. Again, this is not true at all.
Those with a sensitivity can enjoy a flavorful diet just like everyone else. Seasonings from Savvy & Well make a flavorful addition to any diet. No matter what type of diet you follow there are Savvy blends made just for you!
Are you following a special diet? Let us know if you’ve made any delicious meals with our spices!
All of the recipes in our Savvy & Well Living eCookbook are gluten free dietitian approved meals!