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Does Gluten Fit into a Whole Nutrition Diet?

June 15, 2016

Gluten is a protein found in everyday grains like wheat, barley, and rye. It makes pizza dough stretchy and gives bread its light, spongy texture. Folks with celiac disease, and some other gut issues, must make themselves very familiar with gluten and gluten products, because it is imperative that those suffering with celiac disease avoid gluten altogether. At Froozer, we've made a commitment to provide gluten-free whole foods, because we are aware of the current research that shows that more and more people are discovering their long term health issues turn out to be caused, or exacerbated, by gluten. All of our products are gluten-free.

An Archives of Internal Medicine study in 2003 suggests that celiac disease is far more prevalent than at first suspected, affecting one in 33 Americans. Experts once thought celiac disease was a rare disorder, believed to only affect one in every 10,000 people. 

For people with celiac disease and leaky gut syndrome, gluten is to be strictly avoided. Their bodies have developed an immune response to the gluten protein, which often leads the body, then, to start attacking similar proteins in the body. That means that an autoimmune response has been set up, and that response can destroy normal healthy tissues that can lead to all sorts of autoimmune disorders and problems: lupus, allergies, asthma, arthritis, fibromyalgia, skin rashes, adult acne, etc.

Experts are also noticing something they are calling "non-celiac gluten sensitivity." Non-celiac gluten sensitivity can lead to celiac-like symptoms such as stomach cramps, diarrhea, and bloating. For years, health professionals didn't believe non-celiac gluten sensitivity existed, but experts are beginning to acknowledge that it may affect as many as 20 million Americans.

Will going Gluten-Free Make me Feel Better?
If you have celiac disease or suspect that you are gluten sensitive, you definitely want to avoid gluten. Giving up gluten may sound as basic as cutting out bread and pasta, but gluten is added to everything from salad dressings, soy sauce, and yogurt to seasonings. Check all labels for added gluten. Keep in mind that flour is used in some processed foods but isn't necessarily listed on the label. Mixed seasoning salts are a prime example. Some use flour mixed into the seasonings to evenly distribute the seasonings when sprinkled out. To be safe, it is best to eat whole foods with as little processing as possible.

Know that some foods contain gluten only because they are processed in plants with products that contain gluten, so that the gluten-free food gets contaminated. Oats are such an example. Notice that Wikipedia's article states that oats have gluten. Many people believe this misconception. Oats do not naturally contain gluten. It is possible to get gluten-free oats if you choose those that have been processed in a dedicated gluten-free facility. Bob's Red Mill gluten-free rolled oats are a perfect example.

At Froozer® we present natural fruits and veggies in all their glory, nothing added or subtracted, not even a drop of water. Froozer® is: All Natural, Antioxidant Rich, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Non-GMO, Kosher, Naturally Low Calorie, and Vegan. Want to try Froozer® for yourself? You can buy Froozer® on our website and we will ship it right to you. You can also find us in various grocery stores such as Whole Foods. We can’t wait for you to try our gluten-free frozen fruit smoothies and let us know what you think!