Our Gluten Free Cereal
What is Gluten?
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye, as well as in many common food additives. It’s what gives dough its elasticity and baked goods their satisfying chewiness. “Gluten” is the general term for a mixture of proteins called polypeptides, which are found in cereal grains such as wheat, rye, barley, spelt, faro, and kamut.
What is the problem with gluten?
For people with celiac disease type of autoimmune disorder, eating foods that contain gluten can lead to a cascade of nasty reactions, including damage to the small intestine, poor nutrient absorption, diarrhea, abdominal pain, bloating, anemia, and fatigue.
Not your grandmother’s wheat
Wheat products today have been modified to produce more gluten which is great for pizza and bread, but it wreaks havoc on your system. The amount of gluten in today’s wheat is six times greater than it was in 1940. No wonder there are higher incidences of celiac disease and wheat sensitivities than in earlier times.
Celiac disease is surprisingly common, affecting about one in every 133 people, according to an often-cited 2003 study from the University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research. In 2009 the Mayo Clinic found that the incidence of Celiac is four times more common today than it was in the 1950s. http://www.mayoclinic.org/news2009-rst/5329.html
There is no cure for celiac disease and no drugs that can treat it; you can only manage the condition by sticking to a gluten-free diet for the rest of your life.
Even if you don’t have celiac disease, gluten may still be bad for you, says Lara Field, M.S., R.D., a dietitian at the University of Chicago’s Celiac Disease Center. A rising percentage of people in the United States consider themselves “gluten-sensitive.” “These people may have a food intolerance or experience many celiac-type symptoms after consuming foods that contain gluten,” says Field. Some may have a form of wheat allergy. If you think you may have symptoms of a gluten intolerance, you can ask your doctor about scheduling a blood test to find out for sure. You can also check out The Gluten Connection, which has a simple self-test that can help you identify gluten intolerance, along with a complete eating plan that’ll help you go gluten-free with ease.
All our cereal is free of any wheat and all the problems with wheat. Wheat has never been processed in our facility. It is also oat free and fully vegan.