Gluten 101: The Truth Behind The Protein

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In today’s world it seems that a number of health related sensitivities and allergies are being linked back to the food we consume.  Thus, we have become a health-conscious society. Many people are more aware of the ingredients they are consuming, and gluten is a big one lately. For those individuals with an intolerance or sensitivity to gluten, going out to eat can cause quite the challenge.  Luckily, Stella Blu in Nashua has made fine dining in NH easy with our gluten-free options.

What is gluten?

Gluten is a combination of proteins that are typically found in wheat.  Although wheat is the most common carrier of gluten, substances like barley and rye are also known to contain gluten.  No matter where you find it, there are two main proteins found within gluten; gliadin and glutenin.

The primary cause of most negative reactions, gliadin could be thought of like glue.  Theses proteins form together creating a binding substance that is used for many baked goods, like bread and pastries.  However, gluten is also known to be present in beer, cereals, and pasta.  Don’t worry though! There are several gluten-free choices if your a lover of beer and cocktails!

 

Health Concerns

Gluten sensitivities are the cause of several different side effects to an individual.  Although some people know right away, many go years without showing signs of having an intolerance.  More concerning are those with an allergy to gluten.  Celiac disease is the most severe of any gluten intolerances. Side effects of intolerance can include a range of symptoms from bloating and headaches to intestinal damage and anemia.

 

Gluten-Free Grains

If you are affected by gluten sensitivities, there plenty of options availabe for you! Grains like brown rice, buckwheat, wild rice, quinoa, corn are all gluten-free.  However, depending on the sensitivity, these may also pose a risk.  Individuals with a sensitivity or intolerance should be mindful that these grains can be contaminated during the packaging process.  It’s always a good habit to to check labels.  If there is a possibility of cross-contamination, facilities are required to inform potential consumers through warnings on their packaging labels.

 

Because more and more people are becoming aware of their gluten intolerances, there are a variety of new options available to consumers each day.  For example, major pasta and bread brands are now offering gluten-free products. Similarly, many restaurants are also realizing that their customers may need a little TLC.  Visit Stella Blu for your next night out.  Fine dining in NH has never been more convenient with a wide variety of gluten-free menu options! Make your reservation today (603) 578-5557.

 

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