The Gluten Free lifestyle Part 1: What is Gluten?

This will be a series of posts but let’s start off with

What is Gluten? What does it do? and how can it effect one’s health?


Gluten-free eating can be very simple if you stick to whole, unprocessed foods and avoid wheat, barley, rye and all their derivatives, then you’re good to go when trying to achieve a Gluten-free lifestyle.

Primary Sources of Gluten

  • Wheat (including semolina, durum, spelt, triticale, and KAMUT® khorasan wheat)
  • Rye
  • Barley
  • Oats (oats don’t naturally contain gluten, but are often subject to contamination with small amounts of it, so many gluten-intolerant people avoid them.)

Resources, Information & Support

Your best defense is to arm yourself with information. Talk to your doctor and learn more from these trusted sources:




Gluten causes health problems in sufferers of celiac disease (CD) and some cases of wheat allergy. Some people believe that there are health benefits to gluten-free eating for the general population, but there is no published experimental evidence to support such claims. For those diagnosed with celiac disease, eating gluten-free is following an undisputed medical directive. Non-celiac gluten sensitivity or gluten intolerance may not exist.



If you’re already somewhat on the healthier bandwagon then you probably won’t have much issues with making a switch to a Gluten Free lifestyle. A lot of products are now available gluten free and they taste great. In some food items you will taste a difference and in others/most you won’t taste any alteration to the taste. We have found in our family we love Gluten free snacks and food items. Look for future posts on different gluten free food items we enjoy we are excited to share some reviews with you.

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