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The gluten-free trend: Who should try it and what are the best products?

Gluten-free treat
Gluten-free treat
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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.

Gluten-free treat
Gluten-free treat Supreme

Gluten-free treat

Supreme Protein has come out with a new line of bars that taste more like a dessert than a protein supplement! The Accelerate Morning Protein Bars are not just gluten-free, they have some added nutrition too.

  • Gluten-free
  • 15 grans of protein
  • Made with a premium blend of dairy-based whey, casein and milk proteins
  • Under 200 calories
  • 3 grams of fiber
  • Made with natural sweeteners

Did I mention they are absolutely delicious?

Gluten-free chips
Gluten-free chips Luke's

Gluten-free chips

Luke's Multi-Grain & Seed Chips may have started as a kid's snack but they are flavorful enough for the entire family.

  • Gluten-free
  • Organic
  • Non-GMO
  • Allergy-free (nut, soy and dairy-free)
  • Vegan
  • Whole Grain
  • Kosher
Gluten-free pizza
Gluten-free pizza Amy's

Gluten-free pizza

Amy's has outdone themselves this time! Starting in 1987, this brand has become the "nation's leading natural frozen food brand" and they continue to create new, exciting meals for those on-the-go. Now you can even enjoy a fabulous and tasty gluten-free pizza!

  • Gluten-free
  • Vegan
  • Convenient single-serve portions
  • no GMO's