While gluten-free lifestyles have become regular topics of discussion in the mainstream media, we still find that many remain unconvinced of the benefits of the diet, or even of the existence of celiac disease.
Because of the myths and misconceptions surrounding this lifestyle, we at Spiffy Gluten-Free Bakery have put together a set of definitive answers to our most often heard questions.
What Is Gluten?
The word gluten applies to a substance made of two separate proteins found in wheat. Naturally occuring, gluten is what makes wheat grains a vital component of any kind of dough, and what gives dough its elasticity.
Gluten can also be found in a number of other grains, such as barley and rye. If you are trying to avoid gluten in your diet, it will take some research to figure out which foods you should or should not eat.
How Does Gluten Affect the Body?
Gluten proteins provide a challenge to the digestive system. Proteins make the digestive system work harder to break food down. Most of the time, this is a benefit because digesting proteins can help you burn more calories.
For some, however, their digestive system simply cannot process these proteins properly.
What Is Celiac Disease
About one in 133 Americans suffer from celiac disease. With this condition, the walls of the small intestine cannot break down the proteins of which gluten is composed. The proteins are identified by the body as a pathogen, sparking an autoimmune response that prevents the body from absorbing nutrients. As a result, those with the disease can suffer from a variety of nutrition-related conditions, such as anemia.
Celiac disease can also manifest itself in severe abdominal attacks that cause nausea and vomiting over the course of several hours.
How Does a Gluten-Free Diet Benefit Someone Not Suffering from Celiac Disease?
Experts have noticed a correlation between many gluten-free diet plans and overall improved health. This occurs because of the link between gluten-laden products and issues such as weight gain and related conditions like diabetes and heart disease.
In essence, a gluten-free diet takes you away from many foods that are laden with carbohydrates, such as breads, pasta, and cakes. For most people, rolling back their carbohydrate intake, combined with increasing their levels of exercise, can lead to weight loss and reduced risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke.
What Should I Avoid?
To follow a gluten-free diet, avoid foods containing the following ingredients:
We encourage you to replace these foods with flour or milled products derived from corn, flax, quinoa, rice, soy, or buckwheat.
What Does Spiffy Gluten-Free Bakery Do to Support Gluten-Free Lifestyles?
Our first goal lies is to take these ingredients and make delicious baked products from them. We strive every day to produce the best possible variety of gluten-free foods for our valued customers.
Beyond baking and selling amazingly tasty treats, our team also has a passion for educating people about gluten. We want to provide people with a full understanding of the danger of celiac disease and of the benefits of a healthy gluten-free diet and lifestyle. That lifestyle includes not only the proper diet, but also exercise and other elements that contribute to health and happiness.
Have more questions? We invite you to reach out today. Stop by or call our bakery. We would be happy to answer any questions about our products or about living a healthy lifestyle.