The gluten misconceptions are impacting those who actually need to pay attention to gluten in their diet. The media will portray that certain things have gluten when they do not and are these resources are based on non-evidence based information. It is even proving perilous to people who decide to go gluten free because these products are packed with a greater density of fat and sugar than their gluten containing counter parts (Reilly, 2016). This can lead to increased calorie and fat intake which we all know is a precursor to obesity and metabolic syndrome. These are all reason why I decided to write about foods and alternatives that both sides can eat without feeling any guilt or anxiety when choosing foods that may be potentially harmful to their health.
What even is Gluten
If people decided to be gluten free without buying “Gluten-Free” products it is important to know that Gluten comes from Wheat, Barley and Rye (Kliewer, 2016***). According to Sharma Gluten content is listen as “ppm” in foods and this measure is used to regulate what can be labeled gluten-free, the FDA states that foods that are listed below a ppm of 20 can be allowed to be listed as gluten free. However, most products that are listed in this category have a ppm of over 20 which can be hazardous to those with increased sensitivity to gluten.
A common example of Gluten-Free listed foods that contain a ppm of over 20 include Buckwheat, flax, rice, corn cereal, maple crunch, oatmeal, steel cut, rolled oats in various breakfast cereals. (Sharma, 2015***) It is a common knowledge that buckwheat is a gluten free flour however during processing in factories it can be contaminated with gluten resulting in a higher ppm.
In terms of Frozen foods, meats and meat substitutes: Butternut squash risotto/souffle, enchilada, burrito, teriyaki chicken bowl, polenta Provençale, roasted turkey/beef, veggie burger, Italian dry salami are all examples of foods with a ppm of over 100 (Sharma, 2015). This is over 5 times the regulated amount by the FDA to be considered gluten free foods, this can be especially hazardous to those with extreme sensitivity to gluten.
Condiments and sauces labeled Gluten-Free have a ppm of over 20 which is over the legal limit. Vinegar, ketchup, soy sauce, salad dressing, mayonnaise, chili season kit, relish, molasses, seasoning mixes are all condiments placed on foods that are listed as Gluten Free (Sharma, 2015).
*** These are all just the surface of what isn’t shown on labels, big businesses are trying to take advantage of people’s medical conditions to sell off as a new fad diet without considering the people who are at risk. It is better to understand the what foods are potentially dangerous and educate ourselves to prevent mishaps from coming in the future for the people who are at risk.
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