What is it: Gluten is the protein found in wheat, rye, barley, spelt, semolina, farina, faro, graham, kamut, emmer, durum, wheatberries,einkorn wheat, graham, triticale, brewer’s yeast and various forms of malt. Gluten is a very reactogenic protein that is found in most breads, pastas, crackers, cookies, cakes, baked goods, cereals, breakfast foods, breadcrumbs and many sauces and gravies, as well as various processed foods.

Benefits: Once thought to be only dangerous to those with Celiac Disease, gluten sensitivity has been shown to be contributory or an exacerbating factor in a host of conditions, from seasonal allergies and asthma, to Krohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, to ADHD and Autism. Many people who choose a gluten-free lifestyle find they lose weight, have less bloating, are less constipated, think more clearly, have better focus, have improved digestion, have decreases in asthma breathing issues, have less sinus congestion and decreases in seasonal allergies.

Risks: There are no negative side effects of a gluten-free lifestyle.

Overall Tips: It is important to understand that just because an item claims to be Gluten Free, does not mean that it is. As an example, oats are a traditionally gluten-free grain. However, due to sharing of farming equipment, processing equipment, shared storage, or close proximity to wheat fields, most oats are contaminated with gluten (this is why it is important to purchase products or oats that are gluten-free, dedicated oats). Make sure any company who claims to be gluten free can certify and back up their gluten free claims. All of the products carried by Strictly Gluten Free have been researched by our founder to ensure that the companies that manufacture these products adhere to the strict, gluten-free standards that we expect of our product lines.