What an awesome weekend here in the Northeast!  It felt so good to be in the sun in shorts and t-shirts soaking it up.   Did you have good weather where you are?

best nutrition blogSo what’s the deal with gluten? Why are we seeing more recently “gluten free” items on the shelves? Is it a trend?

WHAT IS GLUTEN?

Gluten is the proteins found in wheat.  It is responsible for making bread more chewy and holding it together. These common grains contain gluten: wheat berries, spelt, farina, rye, barley and semolina among others.

Unfortunately, the body cannot properly break down gluten and it is left in larger pieces that set the immune system on high alert. As a result, inflammatory chemicals are released, hence, inflammation, the root of all disease.

ARE YOU SENSITIVE TO GLUTEN?

Some people can tolerate gluten more than others. To test if you are reacting to gluten, check your symptoms. Signs of gluten intolerance are digestion issues such as gas, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea, fatigue, brain fog, migraines, and hormone imbalances.

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GLUTEN FREE PRODUCTS

A large problem with gluten-free products is that they contain other harmful ingredients such as MSG and GMOs.  There are not many good gluten free products out there, and you definitely have to read your labels!
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NOURISHING MEALS

FOOD MATTERS

KITCHEN STEWARDSHIP

SPROUTED AND FERMENTED GRAINS

Sprouting and fermenting grains makes them easier to digest, and helps them to be absorbed properly.  Look for sprouted grain breads and pastas over traditional.  Sourdough bread is a better choice than white bread or whole wheat bread because the fermentation process, which makes the bread more easily digested and breaks down gluten.

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