What Exactly Is Gluten Free?

“Gluten Free” is a term that seems to be getting thrown around quite a bit lately. Remember when everyone was talking about artificial sweeteners years back? Then it seemed that MSG grabbed the baton and became Public Enemy Number One. Nowadays, it’s definitely gluten, and for good reason.

Let me start by giving you a brief run down on what gluten actually is. Put simply, gluten is a protein found mainly in wheat as well as in barley and rye. So far it doesn’t sound so bad, right? The problem arises when it is used as an additive in other foods to enrich flavor or as a thickening agent in products such as ice cream, even condiments. This is when things can become a problem, especially if you, or someone you know, suffers from celiac disease.

Celiac disease is actually a disorder that can wreak havoc on one’s digestive system, even affecting the immune system, causing fatigue and ongoing illness. Studies state that 1 in every 105 people in the United States suffer from this affliction, crossing all age groups from children through the elderly.

Imagine, your spouse is required to be on a gluten free diet, which he or she follows diligently. You both go out to a restaurant, say for your anniversary, and even though the menu states the entree is “gluten free”, the roll that comes with it isn’t. You can see where this is going….

Here at BnDz, we take our gluten free seriously. When you come in and order a gluten free meal, you can rest assured that is exactly what you’ll get. Also, keep in mind, gluten free foods aren’t just for those that require this type of diet, but also for anyone who wants to eat healthy. Feel free to ask me or any of the staff about the wealth of options available when it comes to our “gluten less” menu!

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