Gluten free seems to be a phrase that is on the minds of most people nowadays.
At Halloween even some of the smallest trick-or-treaters have the nerve to say, “gluten free please.”
Through our office, time is taken away from emergency dental care in KC to provide colorful, festive bags for children young or old.
It is surprising to say the least.
My hat is tipped to the parents of children who understand gluten, basically
a derivative of wheat, barley, and rye.
These grains are in just about everything we consume.
Long gone are the days of bleached white flour commercials telling us the bread you eat builds your body 12 different ways.
Farms in attempts to save you money at checkout, genetically engineer our meals, bringing products to market at competitive prices.
Look on the Internet and you now see gluten free restaurants, a joy for those who appreciate businesses that are rising to the challenge of providing delicious gluten free meals.
How do we avoid gluten if a packaged product says it’s gluten free yet made of wheat?
Gluten clogs the intestines not allowing the absorption of nutrients and food.
Carbonated drinks neutralize stomach acid leaving the purchaser highly at risk to bone fractures.
Over a period of time an intolerance to wheat is possible.
It is placed in the majority of baked goods.
You will find wheat even in mom’s favorite meatloaf and meatballs.
Think of how many cookies, snack cakes, crackers, bagels, pies, cakes, bowls of oatmeal, boxes and boxes of cereal, cream of wheat, and whole grain loaves of bread with wheat you have consumed over the years.
Not the product but the accumulative effect is the concern.
Look at menu items in restaurants now serving gluten free selections and you realize a spotlight is on gluten free meals.
Not everyone will succumb to this problem, but it is significant enough to pause for the cause and know you now have alternatives.
Sprigs and twigs are not even eaten by vegans or vegetarians any longer.
At one large hotel in my area during a 7 year run as a vegetarian, I asked the waiter at a large banquet if a veggie meal could be ordered instead of the delicious yardbird.
The chef steamed carrots, vegetables, and cauliflower, not a scrumptious meal, leaving a bad taste in my mouth about veggie meals at their hotel.
Five foods that are healthy grain substitutes are wheat are Amaranth, Millet, Teff, Buckwheat, and Quinoa. (Reference:www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living)
One question in particular you may regarding rice. Is all rice gluten free? Sometimes it’s not.
Literature shows most of the varieties of rice are gluten free, even sticky rice also known as sweet rice is free of gluten.
From the Diary of my enlightenment,
A.L. Clark, D.D.S. http://dentist4you.biz
References: (www.listproducer.com), (www.mayo.org/healthy-living), (Celiac.disease.about.com).