Lately, gluten has become a topic of conversation in the health and food world. So, what is gluten anyway?
Foods made with wheat, such as barley, rye, kamut, spelt, and more, get their elasticity and chewy texture from the plant protein composite: gluten. Technically it is the composite of a prolamin and a glutelin, which exist in the endosperm, the tissue within the seeds of various grass-related grains. Gluten is also used as a food additive for flavoring, and/or as a thickening agent. It can be found in a variety of foods, even those that are not seemingly made with wheat (such as frozen yogurt or soft-serve.)
There are a plethora of reasons to go gluten-free. Number one, Celiac Disease, an autoimmune disorder. Celiac occurs from damage to the lining of the small intestine causing many digestive problems along with hair loss, bruising, depression and fatigue. There is no cure but eliminating gluten from one’s diet, can allow the lining of the small intestine to heal.
Another reason is a gluten allergy. If you feel that eating gluten causes digestive issues, you might be sensitive to the protein. Going gluten-free can ease your symptoms.
Even if you do not suffer from Celiac or a gluten-sensitivity, eliminating the protein from your diet will not be harmful in anyway.
Here at The Lite Choice, we strive to create healthy and delicious treats for everyone to enjoy. This includes our friends with gluten-sensitivity. All of our soft-serve and “scoopable” frozen desserts are gluten-free along with a selection of toppings and cones.
So, go ahead… have some more!
A doctor or Registered Dietician did not write this post. Speak with your doctor if you are curious about gluten and the possibility of a sensitivity.
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