Gluten is a protein that is commonly found in wheat, barley and rye. It often hides in breads, cakes, condiments, and can even be present in our favourite beauty products. Gluten and the gluten-free diet seem to have developed a questionable reputation in recent times and we’re here to clear up a few myths and uncertainties for you!
Gluten is bad for you!
Not necessarily, however our bodies do not contain the suitable enzymes to break down the gluten proteins. Gluten can leave you feeling lethargic or cause bloating particularly if you have a gluten sensitivity. For some people, predominantly those suffering from Coeliac Disease, gluten can be a trigger for severe symptoms to the digestive system that can affect their bodies long-term. Additionally, those with wheat allergies react with immune response to the proteins in wheat and like any other allergy, symptoms can vary from mild to severe and can be dangerous to some people who consume it.
For many others, gluten does not seem to have any adverse effects on their bodies or lifestyles. Despite this, many have found that exclusion of processed foods containing gluten in their diets improves their concentration, energy levels, digestion and a variety of other benefits.
Gluten-free diet is just a fad.
Not at all, for many people suffering from coeliac disease, intolerances or allergies, following a gluten free diet is a life-long commitment.
For those who can tolerate gluten, that is exactly what your body is doing – just tolerating it. Your immune system functions to get rid of the gluten intrusion and then continues to carry on with its usual business, digestion and absorption of nutrients. Oftentimes, gluten is found in many highly-processed foods like white bread, containing white sugar and starches. By eliminating highly-processed, gluten-enriched foods from your diet and replacing them with nutritionally balanced foods that are nourishing your body; you will surely feel the difference.
With zero detectable gluten in every product, ORGRAN’s entire range is easily digestible, free from the major food allergens and has the benefit of a variety of other Supergrain and seed inclusions, which are highly valuable to your diet.
People with Coeliac Disease can still have a bit of gluten.
It’s time to get this myth well and truly busted!
Those with coeliac disease have an autoimmune condition which prevents them from digesting gluten. Even the smallest amount of gluten can send the autoimmune response into action and whether no visible symptoms are experienced or a myriad of reactions occur, it can cause long term effects of damage to the digestive system leading to poor nutrient absorption.
It’s not gluten intolerance, it’s just in your head.
Non-coeliac gluten intolerances and sensitivities are real, diagnosable difficulties that many people struggle with. Those affected can experience anything from migraine headaches to acne, and vomiting to breathing problems. Individuals with gluten intolerances or sensitivities are not susceptible to small intestine damage as those with coeliac disease are, but this does not excuse them from experiencing a variety of other troublesome symptoms.
Autism and a Gluten-Free Diet?
The Gluten Free, Casein Free (commonly found in dairy products) (GFCF) diet is based on the theory that children on the Autism spectrum may have a high sensitivity or allergy to foods containing gluten or casein. Children with Autism metabolise or process the proteins and peptides differently to how others do, leading to the magnification of Autistic symptoms. It is theorised to help improve speech, cognitive and social behaviours and many parents have reported improvements to their children’s behaviour upon following this diet. Children who have Autism and experience intestinal issues that coincide with gluten intolerance may greatly benefit from following a gluten-free diet. Always consult a medical professional before making any diet adjustments for you or your children.
ORGRAN’s products are all suitable for gluten-free and GFCF diets as well as other diets that require the exclusion of common allergens. ORGRAN is passionate about supplying you the best quality products and ensuring that a range of alternative grains, seeds and beans are also present in many of our foods for your benefit.