Gluten-free diets are the new trend in health, but is it right for you? The short and long answer to this question is no, well probably not, unless you are truly gluten intolerant. Products everywhere, including many shown at the Natural Products Expo West boasted they were gluten-free. That's great for them and the many people diagnosed with Celiac Disease (a medically serious gluten allergy) and to those with finicky stomachs who may be sensitive to the stuff, but for the rest of the population it's pretty harmless. Here are the specifics on what this evil gluten is:
"Gluten refers to the proteins found in wheat endosperm (a type of tissue produced in seeds that's ground to make flour). Gluten both nourishes plant embryos during germination and later affects the elasticity of dough, which in turn affects the chewiness of baked wheat products.
Gluten is actually composed of two different proteins: gliadin (a prolamin protein) and glutenin (a glutelin protein)." (LiveScience)
According to WebMD, Gluten-free diets may not be great for the average person with no sensitivity. "For people with celiac disease, a gluten-free diet is essential. But for others, 'unless people are very careful, a gluten-free diet can lack vitamins, minerals, and fiber.'"
So for those that may be sensitive, here are a few of the best tasting products that came straight out of the Natural Products West Expo in March.