What Is Gluten & Is It Good For You

Gluten-free is a new buzzword these days. Once upon a time it was only people with coeliac disease that were told to avoid it. (Coeliacs suffer from inflammation of the small intestine caused by an adverse reaction to gluten resulting in an inability to absorb nutrients).

However, many health experts and nutrionists suggest it’s not good for a lot of people – whilst not coeliac, gluten can cause issues such as bloating, stomach pain, fatigue and depression, to name but a few.

 What is gluten?

Gluten describes a group of proteins found in grains like wheat, spelt, rye, spelt and barley. Two of the main proteins are glutenin and gliadin, with the latter being the one believed to be responsible for any negative effects on your health.

The most common sources of gluten in the diet are:

  • Wheat
  • Spelt
  • Rye
  • Barley
  • Bread
  • Pasta
  • Cereals
  • Beer
  • Cakes, cookies and pastries

Wheat is the most common one and is often used in a whole range of foods to add bulk or as a thickener. So, if you want to avoid gluten, it’s a good idea to read labels.

What are the benefits of going gluten free?

A lot of people believe that problems with wheat and other grains have arisen since the introduction of GMOs and the intense use of chemicals in agriculture.

After-all, people have been eating grain-based foods for thousands of years. However, there are a host of benefits of going gluten-free:

  • Lowering of cholesterol levels
  • Improved digestive health
  • Increased energy levels
  • Cutting back on unhealthy and processed foods from your diet e.g. oils, fried food, breads and cakes etc.
  • Increased intake of healthier foods as gluten-based alternatives
  • Reduced risk of heart disease, certain cancers, and diabetes
  • Boost to immune systems with likely increased intake of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals
  • Likelihood of weight loss
  • Improved health of people with irritable-bowel syndrome and arthritis

Yutaka & Gluten-free

With its commitment to healthy eating and delicious, nutritious foods, Yutaka has a range of great, gluten-free products including our Edamame and Soybean Noodles, and our Konjac Noodles.

Sushi is also another great gluten-free option and Yutaka has a gluten free soy sauce in the range too.

Why not take a look at www.yutaka.london