Why Gluten Free?

What a B-E-A-UTIFUL day in IL today! It’s super windy but I’ll take wind and sunshine any day over the cold. Cannot wait for summer to get here. Anyone with me? Racing and boating season… bring.it.on. =)

First off, you may be wondering – what is gluten? According to this website gluten is..

Basically it gives elasticity to dough, helps it rise, and gives it a chewy texture.

Many people are realizing they have a gluten intolerance and get sick/have digestive problems when they consume foods with gluten. On that same site, it’s stated that 1 out of 133 people has celiac disease – which is an autoimmune disease that affects the small intestines. (source) Luckily, many stores and even restaurants are now carrying and serving gluten free items.

Some foods to avoid if you are sensitive to gluten: (source)

Barley

Kamut

Rye

Semolina

Spelt

Triticale

Wheat

And some that are gluten free:

Almonds

Buckwheat

Chickpeas

Corn

Flaxseeds

Lentils

Oats

Peanuts

Potatoes

Quinoa

Rice

Walnuts

Some foods like oats are often processed and contaminated with gluten so the FDA requires clear labelling of gluten-free products.

Keep in mind, however, just because something is gluten free, does not make it healthy. One of my favorite websites to follow for gluten free and healthy recipes is Elana’s Pantry.

She has all kinds of recipes, from breads to breakfast. Dinner to dessert. She also has 2 cookbooks. One for cupcakes and this one that I realllllly want to buy:

Anyways, I think I’ve rambled enough but if you think you have a gluten intolerance because you’re having issues after you eat some of the foods on the “avoid list” you may want to check with your doctor. Switching to a gluten free lifestyle may be a better option for you.

Have a great hump day!  ;)

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