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I’m sure many of you have heard all the buzz around gluten free lately. I’ve been reading up on it myself and trying to learn more about it since I’m not one to just jump on the bandwagon of any new diet craze and eliminate items from my diet. I’m not gluten intolerant or sensitive but I wondered if there was any benefit to going gluten free or at least reducing the amount of gluten I consume in my diet. A walk down almost any aisle in the supermarket will show you a multitude of gluten free products. After noticing the labeling on some products, it made me aware that many people may not know what gluten actually is. On a recent trip to a salad bar, I found that the spinach was labeled gluten free. In another instance, I saw gluten free chicken. That led me to believe that there may be some confusion on what gluten means.
What is gluten? Gluten is the protein found in wheat, barley and rye. It gives food it’s shape and acts as a binding agent that holds food together. While gluten is often found in bread, baked goods, pasta, and cereal, it is also found in other products like soup, beer, food coloring, and sauces.
For people with Celiac, all gluten must be avoided. People with gluten sensitivity often feel better eliminating it from their diet. For the rest of us, there may be no benefit to eliminating gluten. I’m still doing my research on that based on the idea that wheat may have negative effects on our brains and bellies. While the verdict is still out on eliminating gluten completely for those who don’t have a medical need to do so, I do like to try gluten free products and see what’s good. Since many of my readers have different nutritional needs, I like to stay informed and be able to recommend different options.
When I went in to Walmart last weekend, I saw a display offering samples of Udi’s Gluten Free Burritos and Gluten Free Pizza. I love burritos and pizza and know that many other people do as well so I thought I’d give them a try. Since tortillas and pizza crust typically contain gluten, I was a little concerned that they might taste a little odd. But boy was I wrong! Both were delicious!
Since my family loves Mexican food so much, I decided to pick up some of the chicken and cheddar burritos. Although these are great to take as-is for lunch at work, I’m going to try them out in a burrito casserole tonight. I’m thinking some homemade enchilada sauce and cheese will make a delicious dinner. Stay tuned for the recipe!
Are you gluten free? Do you think eliminating gluten has any benefit for those who aren’t gluten sensitive or intolerant? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!