Have you heard about gluten? You may have a couple of friends who are cutting gluten out of their diet, but maybe you’re not really sure what that means. According to the Huffington Post, around 30 percent of the people surveyed say that living gluten-free sounds appealing, but not all of them know what that means or follow through with the inclination. If you’re curious about gluten, its effects, and how to eliminate it, keep reading for some essential facts.
1. Gluten is a natural substance.
Gluten is actually the term used for a family of proteins, most often found in barley, wheat, and rye. During the early stages of germination, the gluten provides sustenance for the plant embryos, and later it ends up in the rye, wheat, or barley grains themselves. The gluten proteins actually aid with the elasticity of dough and the resulting texture of bread. It’s a naturally occurring substance that has been involved in human food for thousands of years.
2. Gluten is not inherently harmful.
Studies show that only 1 in 133 people actually experience harm when they consume gluten, due to an inherited autoimmune problem known as Celiac disease. For those who have Celiac disease, ingesting gluten can actually damage their intestines. In addition to the 0.75 percent of people with Celiac disease, around 0.4 percent of people have a wheat allergy, identified by a doctor. Other people may be sensitive to gluten in their diet, experiencing symptoms or mild reactions.
3. Giving up gluten may not solve your health problems.
If you’re experiencing weight issues, exhaustion, and digestive problems, you may encounter a well-meaning friend who suggests that you give up gluten and “see if that works.” However, unless you have a diagnosed allergy or sensitivity, you’ll probably find that gluten is not the real reason underlying your health issues. Visit your doctor in Singapore to discuss how you’re feeling and process with some conclusive tests, before you make the decision to dramatically alter your diet.
4. If you do go gluten-free, you’ll encounter some resistance.
If you discover that you do have a gluten allergy or Celiac disease, you’ll need to go gluten-free with your diet; but not everyone in your life will understand. Some may think that you’re doing it as part of a health fad. Others may bemoan your new life and comment on all the things you can’t eat now. Explain your diagnosis and describe all the things you can eat, including millet, buckwheat, quinoa, fruit, meat, fish, and vegetables.
5. Gluten shows up in unexpected places.
You’ll have to learn to read labels. Gluten can appear in medications, supplements, salad dressings, soy sauce, flavoured crisps, imitation seafood, canned soup, and some spice or seasoning mixes.
If you do end up going gluten-free, you may have to navigate the menus of restaurants or Singapore catering services more carefully. Fortunately, most Singapore caterers, including Eatz Catering, have some dishes on their menu that are naturally gluten-free. If you’re ordering food for a gathering that will include gluten-free guests, focus on dishes that feature vegetables, fish, meat, or potatoes, and keep out the soy sauces or seasonings that include wheat products.
Contact us at Eatz Catering with your special requests about the menu for your next party, and we’ll direct you to the main courses that may work for your event.