Gluten-Free Basics

What is Gluten?

Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye and triticale that gives food it’s structure, texture and kneadability.

 

Why Gluten-Free?

Celiac Disease

Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disorder where the body attacks the small intestines after ingesting gluten causing damage and possibly long-term health complications. Celiac Disease can occur at any age and the only treatment is a lifelong strict gluten-free diet.

 

Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity (Gluten Intolerance)

Some people experience some or all of the symptoms of Celiac Disease, but the diagnosis is negative. There is no test for Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity and some even believe that the condition may not exist. However, following a gluten-free diet helps alleviate the symptoms and intestinal distress in some cases.

 

What you maybe missing?

On a gluten-free diet, you maybe missing some key nutrients. Include sources of each daily.

Calcium
broccoli, milk, yogurt, cheese, collard greens, almonds, amaranth, teff

Iron
fish, chicken, meat, beans, nuts, seeds, eggs, amaranth, quinoa, teff

Vitamin B
eggs, milk, beans, nuts, seeds, g-free whole grains: amaranth, brown rice, buckwheat, millet, g-free oats, quinoa, teff, wild rice

Vitamin D
yogurt, egg yolks, salmon, sardines, tuna

Fiber
vegetables, berries, beans, nuts, amaranth, quinoa, millet, buckwheat, sorghum, teff, flax