It is believed that more than 3 million people in American are suffering from gluten allergies. Gluten is a unique protein commonly found in grains like rye, wheat, and barley. Most breads and cereals contain gluten.

People who suffer from gluten intolerance (such as people with Celiac Disease) must avoid those grains and use wheat substitutes like rice, tapioca, or bean flour. There are a few grains which did not contain gluten such as corn, wild rice, oats, millet, amaranth, buckwheat, teff, soybeans, and sunflower seeds.
A gluten free diet is low in carbohydrates and often brings about numerous health benefits even for people who do not suffer from gluten intolerance. These health benefits include increased energy levels, weight loss, and lower cholesterol levels.

Here is what we know about gluten:

  • Refined grains have very little nutritional value.
  • Humans have difficulty digesting gluten.
  • It may be one cause of inflammation.
  • It may be one cause of wrinkles.
  • It may lead to leaky gut syndrome.

Research has shown that a gluten free diet may also benefit people suffering from multiple sclerosis, autism, ataxia, seizures, diabetes, arthritis, leaky gut syndrome and more. Often those afflicted by such conditions notice fewer symptoms and a quicker recovery time when eating gluten free meals. By eliminating gluten, most people notice improved digestion as well (which aids in the healing process).

Fortunately, people with gluten allergies are finding it easier to get gluten free food. Many grocery stores and health food stores are now carrying gluten free bread, gluten free beer, pizza and more! Unfortunately, a lot of the gluten free breads and other foods are quite expensive and often taste absolutely horrible!

The reason most gluten free bread has a strange taste is that most of the gluten, but not all, is removed from wheat flour to make wheat starch. Gluten gives bread its elasticity and chewiness. Without gluten, most breads tend to have a sticky texture resembling chewing gum. Gluten not only gives the bread its elasticity, it also helps the bread rise and keep its shape.

Most people who are following gluten free diets often find it easier to just make their own bread and other gluten free foods. One benefit, of course, is that you will know the exact ingredients used in each recipe. We list several gluten free bread recipes on this site along with other gluten free foods.

Avoiding your favorite foods can be difficult, but the health benefits outweigh the growing pains of adjusting to a gluten free diet.