Until about a year ago, I had never heard about a gluten-free diet. I thought it was more of a trend than an actual illness. I was prompted to do some research to educate myself on the facts….
The What: Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye, kamut and oats. So that means pizza, pasta, bread, beer, etc. Basically, gluten is found in most items that we eat on a daily basis. Over 15% of the US population suffers from a gluten intolerance.
The Why: Is this a new disease? Apparently not, just mis-diagnosed. A few of the common symptoms associated with the illness is weight loss and gain, gastro-intestinal problems (from blotting to diarrhea), depression, headaches. Making it extremely hard to identify. Who has not had one if not all of those issues?
The Breakdown: Being that Happy Hemp is gluten-free, I am learning more about the seriousness of the illness. The severity ranges from intolerance to gluten to the extreme of celiac disease (the most extreme of the illness).
The Eat: These days there are a plethora of amazing substitutes to avoid gluten. Check out your local farmers’ market for amazing breads and pasta. Also most grocery stores carry one or two options. For great cooking options click on the Gluten-Free tab under recipes. To your health… Bon Appetite!!