Don’t rule out Gluten Free
The past few years has seen a huge increase in the amount of available gluten free products on the market, with almost every supermarket having an ever-expanding range. Although, it isn’t just the supermarkets that have picked up on the gluten free range – you can now find gluten free dishes in most restaurants and even entirely gluten-free restaurants appearing throughout the UK, including delicious alternatives to gluten containing breads, cake and biscuits.
The effects of gluten
The problem with gluten for some people is that it can cause sensitivity in some individuals. Conditions associated with gluten intolerance can include coeliac disease (CD), non-coeliac gluten sensitivity (NCGS), gluten ataxia, dermatitis herpetiformis (DH) and wheat allergies. In some instances, as little as one breadcrumb of gluten can cause significant reactions for those with a gluten related disorder, with varying degrees of severity.
The misconception of gluten-free
It’s these gluten related disorders that have caused some people to have the misconception that gluten free products are only for those with gluten intolerance. However, this isn’t the case; gluten free food can in fact be consumed by anyone.
Interestingly enough, gluten isn’t actually an essential nutrient in the human diet, unlike many other minerals and vitamins, so it isn’t dangerous to remove it from your diet, even if you aren’t gluten intolerant. For example, those who suffer with excessive bloating, irritable bowel syndrome and other digestive related conditions, could potentially benefit from removing or reducing gluten from their diet, as it is often the structure of grains that can cause digestive problems when consumed. Substituting products containing gluten with gluten-free alternatives could help to improve the digestive system and ease symptoms.
Thankfully, with an increasing range of gluten-free products it’s becoming more viable to replace gluten with gluten-free products without having to compromise on the variety of dishes or tastes, which is making it more popular with both gluten and non-gluten intolerants alike.
With so much choice now available when it comes to gluten-free products, it’s now completely possible to make tasty, flavoursome and wholesome food without using gluten at all. From gluten-free flour, stock cubes, chocolate, bread, cereals, pasta and so much more, many of the dishes that were once out of bounds for gluten intolerants are now back on the menu. This in turn means that gluten-free food is now much more versatile for those without disorders too, as you can still enjoy and cook your favourite foods without gluten. This is especially handy for families with one or more members suffering from gluten intolerances – no longer will families have to eat separate foods – as with the wealth of possibilities available, everyone can enjoy a gluten free meal that tastes simply delicious.
Perhaps next time you see gluten-free you won’t simply rule it out. The ever-increasing selection of gluten-free alternatives can offer a healthy and nutritional alternative to traditional gluten products and may even improve your health and well-being in the process. Why not give them a try?