The Truth About Gluten

by rsip on October 5, 2014

It doesn’t seem so long ago that there were no gluten-free products on the shelves. Now, “gluten-free” is everywhere, meeting the demands of the growing population of those with a gluten allergy or intolerance. And because interest has sky-rocketed in the gluten-free department, there has been a lot of myth and false-rumor going around which, doctors are saying, could potentially be dangerous. There are also those who believe that a gluten allergy doesn’t exist because it “all of a sudden” made a huge appearance in our everyday lives. Well, we’re here to help set the record straight for our customers, with a little old-fashioned research.

First off, a gluten-allergy is a real thing. In fact it’s actually referred to as Celiac disease in which your body basically attacks itself because it can’t break down gluten proteins successfully. The same is true for those with gluten-intolerance, except their symptoms are typically less severe. And, because Celiac disease was considered rare just a few years ago, it may be important for your dietary needs to know the difference between the disease and the intolerance. We say this simply because there is a popular myth going around that anyone who cuts out gluten from their diet will benefit. This is not true. People have widely associated gluten with weight gain, bad food and cancer. Dietician Kristen Kirkpatrick puts this to rest, explaining,

Gluten does not make you fat. Calories make you fat regardless of where those calories are coming from, whether they’re coming from brown rice, which is gluten-free, or a wheat bagel. You can be on a horrible gluten-free diet, just like you can be on a horrible vegetarian diet.

[ie. Deep-fried gluten-free, vegetarian foods]

On the same note, gluten itself will not increase your chances of cancer. The only time that you would be at risk is if you have “long-term complications of untreated Celiac disease”. (Lupkin, Sydney; ABC News)

That being said, this post in no way discourages those who have Celiac disease or gluten sensitivities. We believe the battle is real. We do however, feel that it’s important to inform those without gluten related problems to know the truth, considering it could harm your health if you go the gluten-free route when you don’t have a Gluten allergy. The way we see it, if we give you all the facts then we are helping you live a happier and healthier life. And we wish nothing but the best for our customers.

 

If you do have a Celiac Disease or Gluten Intolerance some of the restaurants we deliver for offer Gluten Free food options:

California Pizza Kitchen

P.F. Chang’s

Phuket Thai

[Because restaurants are actively trying to cater to the Gluten Free crowds, you can always feel free to ask one of our representatives to check with the restaurants. It's always a possibility that they can and will do Gluten Free even though it's not directly on the menu]

 

Related sites:

  1. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marc-vetri/im-gluten-intolerantintol_b_5614463.html?&ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000038
  2.  http://abcnews.go.com/Health/gluten-myths-embarrassed/story?id=23645211
  3.  http://www.webmd.com/diet/healthy-kitchen-11/truth-about-gluten

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