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Gluten Free and Your Health

Lora Davis

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You may have noticed your local grocery store redoing part of their frozen food and grocery sections to accommodate all gluten-free San Diego products. You may have been wondering what all the fuss is about gluten free products and whether it is just one of those many dietary crazes or are there potential health benefits to be gained. For those who don’t know, gluten is a protein found in the kernel of wheat, barley and rye. It's something that most of us have been consuming all of our lives - especially since gluten in one form or another is in so many products including anything with wheat flour in it or wheat-based products such as soy sauce, malt vinegar and so much more.

There are several reasons why people might avoid it and start looking for gluten free restaurants when they want to eat out. In those with Celiac Disease, autoimmune disorder that affects the lining of the small intestine and can lead to serious digestive problems and malnutrition, consuming gluten irritates and damages their bowel. These people, some of whom are children must be very careful and not even eat in gluten free restaurants near me where food is prepared in utensils where gluten ingredients are also used.

Another group of people that will insist on gluten free San Diego options or at least wheat and its derivatives are those with gluten or wheat sensitivity. Symptoms of this can include sneezing, unexplained runny nose, abdominal bloating, hives, diarrhea, headaches and more. Reports indicate that Chelsea Clinton reportedly served gluten free wedding cake at her wedding because she has gluten sensitivity. There is a long-standing belief that gluten consumption can aggravate existing autoimmune illnesses such as eczema, multiple sclerosis, Crohn's disease and others. This doesn't necessarily mean that gluten consumption causes the disease but rather that it may inflame these conditions or contribute to flare-ups.

Fortunately, there are now many products available that are good-tasting substitutes that are served in gluten free restaurants San Diego. Although once only found in health food stores, gluten free San Diego products have gone main stream and can now be found in most grocery stores. And while not all of these products have the same taste, texture and consistency of their counterparts, you can experiment to find ones that you like in the best gluten free restaurants near me. A good example is gluten-free pasta that is served in the best gluten free restaurants.

Eating out can get tricky because you never know what's been added to a dish. But it's easy enough to ask if any wheat, barley or rye were used, including soy sauce. Better still, you can choose to patronize only the best gluten free restaurants that specialize in service gluten free San Diego. The best thing about gluten free restaurants San Diego is that any foods that may contain wheat or gluten such as: some food starch, couscous, spelt, bran, brewer's yeast and more are not served; gluten free restaurants are now providing excellent products and labeling them as such.


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