Avoiding gluten is a must for some. But, for those who don't have an allergy, are the alternatives worth the switch? We’re unpacking the pros and cons of gluten and why it’s a hot topic in today’s wellness conversations!
Our relationship with gluten goes back to the early centuries. Gluten is a protein found in grains like wheat, rye, and barley that can cause symptoms like inflammation and headaches if you have a sensitivity or allergy. However, if you’re one of the 3 million Americans living with Celiac Disease, gluten can lead to more serious damage in the intestinal tract, osteoporosis, infertility, neurological damage, and seizures.
Whether you’re in the absolutely-must-remove-gluten camp, or are going gluten-free to simply take another step towards a healthier lifestyle, there are a few factors to consider.
First, there’s a widespread misconception that the label “gluten-free” is synonymous with healthy. Because many gluten-free products are formulated with filler ingredients like sugar and corn and lack essential nutrients like fiber, iron, and magnesium, this is not the case.
Research is revealing that even those following a strict gluten-free diet because of Celiac Disease are still coming in contact with the allergen. This highlights the importance of reading the labels to weed out the unhealthy choices or hidden sources of gluten, like malt, barley, rye, and oats. The good news is that while there are low-quality options to be wary of, many companies are stepping up to offer gluten-free choices that are nutrient-dense and healthy. At Terra, we only stock our shelves with gluten-free products that meet our sky-high standards of health and quality.
If you do not have a gluten sensitivity or Celiac Disease, but would like to limit your gluten intake, focus on choosing gluten-containing foods with essential, high-quality ingredients. Choosing options like sourdough or sprouted bread is a good nutritional choice instead of processed options with long lists of ingredients.
Adding spices like ginger, cumin, and coriander and beets, apples, artichokes, and leafy greens to your diet can help your digestive system break down the protein in gluten.
Whichever end of the spectrum you are on, remember that a gluten-free product isn’t always a healthy option. Eating whole foods instead of replacing gluten-containing items with processed alternatives is always a smart strategy to keep your plate full of foods that are rich in essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals.
At Terra, we have mindfully chosen gluten-free choices that are formulated without filler ingredients for when you absolutely need that pizza crust 🙂 Chat with our staff about their favorites, and discover our amazing selection of organic and gluten-free options.