People are choosing a gluten-free diet for myriad reasons. For some, gluten may pose various health problems. For others, they are choosing a gluten-free diet for weight loss or to increase energy. Here are six facts about Gluten and some reasons why some are avoiding it:
1. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. Bakers will tell you it is gluten that makes bread dough stretchy and gives a finished loaf its structure and texture.
2. Certain people should avoid gluten. Those with celiac disease or gluten sensitivities need to avoid gluten. Other people say that avoiding gluten helps them feel more energetic or is part of their weight-management routine.
3. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder triggered by gluten. When someone with celiac disease ingests gluten, the immune system responds by damaging the finger-like villi in the lining of the small intestine, affecting the small intestines’ ability to absorb nutrients and leading to malnourishment.
4. Some people are just sensitive! People with gluten sensitivities may experience digestive or intestinal distress, but without the damage to the small intestine that occurs with celiac disease.
5. Celiac disease and gluten sensitivity are on the rise. More than 2 million people in the United States have celiac disease, or about 1 in 133 people. One study shows that celiac disease is four times more common today than it was in 1950. Americans will spend an estimated $7 billion this year on foods labeled gluten-free, according to the market research firm Mintel.
6. Are processed foods the culprit? While the cause of celiac disease is unknown, many researchers are looking at today’s highly-processed diet, including processed wheat products, which use wheat types high in gluten content.
Nature’s Sunshine’s Gluten-Free Guarantee
It can be difficult for some companies to guarantee gluten-free products because of cross contamination in the manufacturing process. It can easily happen when the same equipment is used to make a variety of products.
That doesn’t happen at Nature’s Sunshine.
Nature’s Sunshine’s unbeatable quality assurance includes a gluten test so you can be positive that every batch is completely gluten-free. Lynda Hammons, Vice President of Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs for Nature’s Sunshine said:
“We test each lot of Nature’s Harvest so people can feel 100% confident and safe that it is gluten-free. Love and Peas is also gluten-free, and our quality control team conducts the same testing on each lot of Love and Peas.”