What is gluten and where can you find it?

According to the celiac Disease Foundation, Gluten is a general name for the proteins found in wheat (wheatberries, durum, emmer, semolina, spelt, farina, emmer, graham, KAMUT® khorasan wheat and einkorn), rye, barley, and triticale, which is a mix of wheat and rye. Gluten helps foods maintain their shape, acting as a glue that holds food together. Gluten can be found in many types of foods and products, even those that would not be expected such as toothpaste, skin care products and vitamins.

Why is gluten an issue?

Gluten intolerants represent 1% of the population but this protein may affect everyone daily. Indeed, in same particular cases this protein may be a joint cause for health issues such as diarrhoea, stomach pain, tiredness, bloating and even depression, medical experts say. That is why in the UK one in 10 people are now avoiding gluten products, and 10% to 15% of the population is said to be affected by more or less serious health conditions related to gluten consumption. Reducing the consumption of gluten can, therefore, result in big changes in some people’s lives.

Positive effects of gluten-free consumption

Firstly, eating without gluten can lead to a better digestion. Indeed, many people who have reduced or eliminated gluten from their diets have experienced improved digestive comfort. And enjoying better digestion also gives significant benefits in quality of life, in addition to reducing pain, bloating and flatulence.

Secondly, people on a gluten-free diet are more likely enjoying a deep sleep with a better quality and quantity sleep, therefore they are more active during the day.

Moreover, as mentioned above gluten is linked to our digestive system which has the heavy task of providing 15% to 20% of our energy. Therefore, with this type of consumption some of the effects are the reduction of unnecessary and tiring efforts that our digestive system makes in order to gain more productivity, more stamina and consequently more energy during the day.

Finally, this type of diet is also leading to a better immune system as our immune system is mostly directly linked to the digestive system. And reducing or stopping gluten consumption can be one of the biggest steps towards a better quality of life, better skin, and weight loss.

Try today our vast range of gluten-free products, should you be on a gluten-free diet or not. You will be extremely impressed by their great quality and taste!

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