November is Gluten-Free Diet Awareness Month—a great opportunity to address some misunderstandings surrounding this topic. The difference between Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity still remains a great mystery to many. As the prevalence of these conditions increases there has become a greater awareness of them; however, since many individuals have adopted a gluten-free diet by choice, the confusion has increased.
What is Gluten?
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. It is used in breads, cereals, baked goods and pastas, and also in a wide variety of products as an emulsifier or bonding agent. Gluten creates a more desirable texture in many types of food, snacks, candies, sauces and even alcoholic beverages. It can also be found in surprising items that we consume, such as prescriptions and over-the-counter medications.
Celiac disease is classified as an auto-immune disease that flares up when the smallest presence of gluten tricks the body into attacking its own intestines. Scientists and medical professionals have yet to understand why. If this condition is not addressed in a timely manner, damage to the lining of the intestines can cause a domino effect that may start a plethora of other health challenges. Being diagnosed with celiac disease can be a devastating blow because it is not curable, only manageable. Living a gluten-free lifestyle is crucial. If the diet is not strictly adhered to a person can experience many symptoms ranging from mild stomach upset and bloating to severe illness and hospitalization.
Someone who does not have celiac disease but experiences upsetting symptoms after ingesting gluten may have gluten sensitivity. Without a clinical diagnosis of celiac disease, it is unknown if any long-term damage might occur. These individuals may find that following a diet free from gluten will provide relief from the associated discomforts.
How Can HealthyYou Vending Help?
Leading a gluten-free lifestyle can be challenging when also living life in the fast lane. HealthyYOU Vending is at the forefront in offering a wide variety of gluten-free selections. Awareness is key and it is our goal to recognize and embrace the needs of individuals with dietary restrictions.
How Can You Help?
Becoming a HealthyYOU Vendor is not just a fantastic business opportunity but it supports a network of availability for better food options. As the prevalence of gluten-related health concerns increase, the need for a larger marketplace that caters to such circumstances is increasing as well. Operating a HealthyYOU Vending business is a sound choice because it meets the demand, while also inspiring a life of wellness.