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To Be Or Not To Be Gluten-Free

What make gluten-free such an increasingly popular dietary choice? It seems that so many more people are making the decision to "go gluten-free". While there are a variety of personal reasons why some people choose a gluten-free lifestyle, celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder affecting the small intestine is a common factor. In addition to those living with celiac disease, 
wheat allergy, or gluten sensitivity can lead to bloating, diarrhea, and the discomfort of other symptoms. Others may or may not have medical concerns, yet opt for a gluten-free meal plan for weight maintenance or improved overall wellness. Let's explore a few factors to consider when deciding whether to be or not to be gluten-free.

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To Be Or Not To Be Gluten-Free

What is Gluten?

Gluten is a protein that is found in wheat, barley, rye, some oats, and triticale (wheat and rye hybrid). Many of us would be surprised to discover the wide variety of foods, including breads, pasta, cereals, cookies, and crackers which contain gluten. When people with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity eat food products containing gluten, their immune system begins to attack the lining of their small intestine which may cause a variety of symptoms, including-

Weight Loss
Muscle Cramps

Gluten-Free Living

The pros and cons of managing these symptoms by following a gluten-free diet is important conversation to have with your medical care provider. Revising your daily diet requires a consultation with a health care professional to ensure essential nutrients are included or supplemented to reduce risk for any nutrient gaps or deficiencies.

Jovial Foods

Addressing the overall search for quality, gluten-free products that are both delicious and nutritious, Jovial Foods wanted to fill this void with a premium, clean and convenient options. Jovial Organic Gluten Free White Cheddar Mac & Cheese (vegan also available) features brown rice pasta imported from Italy, crafted using time-honored techniques including pressing the pasta through bronze dies and before slow drying. While I have not as of yet embraced gluten-free eating, Jovial Mac & Cheese holds true to the authentic texture and taste with their award-winning brown rice pasta in a creamy real cheddar cheese sauce. 

Founder and Owner of Mightylicious, Carolyn Haeler is a cookie lover suddenly diagnosed with celiac disease. “That’s when I realized there had to be a better way,” says Carolyn, “I was determined to create a cookie that was gluten-free, healthy, and above all, irresistibly delicious.” Mightylicious cookie stand behind the belief that "allergen-friendly treats shouldn’t sacrifice taste or texture" These soft-baked delights are 100% free of gluten, wheat, rye, barley, and RBST. The entire line is made from all-natural, non-GMO ingredients. The Mightylicious product line features seven varieties of cookies, including two vegan options- Brown Butter Chocolate Chip, Brown Butter Shortbread, Oatmeal Raisin, Double Dutch Chocolate Chip, Grandma Arline’s Oatmeal Coconut, Salted Peanut Butter, and Vegan Chocolate Chip.

Following a gluten-free diet can be a challenging, yet necessary lifestyle adjustment. Here are a few tips if you decide that following a gluten-free diet is in your best interest-

- Take time to read food labels carefully and ask about unlabeled, prepared foods.

- Avoid any foods containing wheat, barley, rye, and triticale.

- Select gluten-free alternatives to your favorite foods.

- Consult with your doctor about including gluten-free multivitamins as needed.

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