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10Aug/15

FAQs About Gluten-Free Foods

There is a lot of buzz now about gluten-free foods. Many people are confused about what gluten is and why they should avoid it. Here are some frequently asked questions about gluten-free foods.

What is Gluten?

Gluten is a name for proteins that are found in cereal grains. This would include barley, rye, triticale and wheat. Gluten acts like glue in foods, helping to bind them together.

• Barley is found in beer, food coloring, malt, malt vinegar and soups
• Rye is found in cereals, rye beer and rye bread like pumpernickel
• Triticale is a cross between wheat and rye and is found in bread, cereals and pasta
• Wheat is found in baked goods, breads, cereals, pasta, roux, salad dressings, sauces and soups

What is a Gluten-free Diet?

A gluten-free diet consists of avoiding any food that contains gluten. This diet is difficult to follow and constitutes a big change. Fortunately, with the interest in gluten-free diets, many stores offer an array of gluten-free products. Foods allowed on the diet include fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, seeds, eggs, meat, poultry, fish, and many dairy products.

Some grains and starchy foods that contain no gluten are: amaranth, arrowroot, beans, buckwheat groats (kasha),cassava, chia, corn, corn meal, flax, gluten-free oats, millet, potato, quinoa, rice, sorghum, soy, tapioca, teff and yucca. You can find various flours that are gluten-free such as bean, corn, nut, potato and rice flour.

What is the Rationale Behind Adoption of the Diet?

A gluten-free diet is prescribed for people who suffer from Celiac Disease. It is an autoimmune disorder where gluten causes inflammation in the small intestines. When gluten is eaten, the body overreacts and attacks the small intestine. This can damage the villi which absorb nutrients. This means the body cannot receive the nutrients well.

One percent of the general population has Celiac Disease. Some people are sensitive to gluten but do not have Celiac Disease. They have a non-celiac gluten sensitivity. Many of them will go gluten-free or at least lower the amount of gluten in their diet.

What are the Health Benefits of Gluten-free Eating for the General Population?

Going gluten-free may reduce the chance of inflammation in other parts of the body, so if someone has issues with their joints, not eating gluten may ease their symptoms. Some people say avoiding gluten can give you more energy. There has also been reported a change in autistic children when placed on a gluten free diet.

14Dec/14
Bananas

Go Ape Over Bananas. They’re Amazing.

Well, monkeys must have a good reason for their love for bananas. Sure, the oddly-crescent shape of a banana is surely fun to look at and it’s yellow color is eye-grabbing but nothing else compares to the health benefits a banana can offer. If you are someone who thinks eating healthy has to be a taste sacrifice, you must not have recently tried a banana. They’re delicious right out of the skin, but try adding banana slices to cereals, shakes and baked dishes to reveal their true flavor potential.

Those trying to keep regular will appreciate the high fiber content in bananas. Even if you find yourself on the other end of the bowel-spectrum (diarrhea), a diet with fresh bananas will regulate and normalize your bowel movement situation regardless of which side of the spectrum you start on.

Ladies, did you know that a banana during that time of the month will help you relieve the stress associated with PMS symptoms? Wow, chalk that up as another win for team banana. For you guys (and girls, too!), have you ever gotten overheated on a really hot and sunny day? Throw a banana down the hatch and experience a pleasant cool-off. That’s just another trick the mighty yellow fruit can do.

If you want a real treat, try combining some banana, avocado and some raw honey in a blender with some hemp protein, almond milk and ground cinnamon. Blend up that concoction and throw in some peanut or almond butter if you feel so inclined. That will be a delicious meal-replacement and will give your body a super-natural shot of energy that won’t fade or crash like a sugary or starchy alternative.

Just like its long-removed cousin, the turkey, the banana includes an ingredient called Tryptophan which is known to be a mood-booster. Having a banana or two is a sure fire way to not only cool off after a long day but to also cool out if you’re concerned about your temper or frustration levels. Anxiety and fatigue weep in the presence of the almighty banana. Another trick that the banana can do is quite magical. Take the inside of a banana peel and rub it on a cut, hives or a bug bite to have that spot be soothed of itching. It’s all natural and it’s got plenty of moves. You probably didn’t know everything the banana was capable of before reading this but you’d be surprised to find that you’ve still just begun to know the banana.

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