Gluten. What is it? How does it affect your diet and what does it mean to eat gluten-free?
Those are all great conversations, we’re glad you asked!
Gluten is a term that has been tossed around quite a lot lately as more and more grocery stores add gluten-free products to their shelves. However, like many people, if you don’t have Celiac Disease or don’t keep up with the latest “fads”, you’re most likely in the dark when it comes to understanding what gluten actually is and what benefits you can gain from removing it from your diet. Which surprisingly, there are a lot of.
In short, Gluten is the protein found in wheat, barley, and rye that is primarily used as a glue to help foods maintain their shape. Sounds harmless, however those who suffer from Celiac disease have shown that ingesting gluten can cause long-term digestive problems and keep you from getting the nutrients you need. And as the number of people being diagnosed with gluten intolerance and celiac disease has increased, more light has been brought to the harmful and negative repercussions of intaking gluten by health specialists.
It turns out, you don’t have to be diagnosed with Celiac disease or Gluten Intolerance to benefit from its dietary restrictions.
Here are just a few ways the benefits of gluten-free diet can do for you:
- Increase your energy levels
- Eliminates processed and unhealthy foods from your diet
- Reduces your risk of heart disease, certain cancer and diabetes
- Increases your chances of healthy weight loss
- Helps your digestive health
While a Gluten-Free diet is beneficial, it is up to you to make sure you are still intaking the proper nutrients. A Gluten-Free diet can lack some vitamins, minerals, and fiber that you need. Make sure the food you are eating is still giving your body what it needs to survive and thrive. All 15 ToYou fruit and nut nutrition bars are gluten free snacks that support healthy digestion and simple, but energy-packed snacking.Give it the gluten-free recommendation a try, and let us know how it goes for you!