Is Going Gluten-free Better? Why?
A gluten-free diet is generally followed by people who have celiac disease or gluten intolerance and need to avoid it. But, over time, people who aren’t allergic to gluten have also begun to exclude this protein from their meals. Does this mean that gluten is bad for your body? And, should you give up your favourite foods if they contain gluten?
Well, gluten is a protein naturally found in grains and is added to several packaged foods. It’s moist and elastic properties allow food to maintain its shape, rise, and derive a chewy texture. It is safe for most people (without gluten allergies) to consume as it doesn’t cause their immune system to disrupt their digestive system or put their lives at risk.
However, avoiding foods containing gluten can help prevent or ease other health issues that you might be experiencing. Eating gluten-free can:
- Control IBS (irritable bowel syndrome).
- Reduce altered gut function, gut microbiome changes.
- Prevent seasonal allergies.
- Help people with Autism and Epilepsy, who have high chances of developing celiac disease.
What does the gluten-free diet include?
Foods that lack gluten include vegetables, fruits, dairy products, meats, and gluten-free fiber. But, when shopping for these items in your local store, especially if they are processed and packaged, you’ll need to check their ingredients. The tiniest traces of gluten can irritate and damage the lining of the small intestine of people with gluten intolerance. As a result, it is essential to choose foods that are free of natural or added gluten, and have not come in contact with products that contain gluten.
Gluten naturally occurs in grains like wheat, barley, and rye. Processed foods and beverages like cereal, bread, beer, sauces, soups, Frech fries, syrups, and more also have gluten compounds added to them to improve their texture and combine the ingredients in these products. Meat generally doesn’t contain gluten, but processed meats that are breaded or floured (for example, burger patties) typically contain wheat and therefore gluten. Meats marinated in sauces may also contain gluten.
At the Artisan Deli by Bennet & Bernard Gastronomy, we have a range of certified gluten-free cold cuts. Our products are carefully curated for avid meat-eaters who are also health-conscious. Similarly, our deli meats are carefully cured and perfectly seasoned so that you can savour the taste of every bite. Each of the cold cuts from our premium selection meets the highest standards of safety and cleanliness to ensure your demands for quality are met, and your expectations are exceeded.