Benefits of Gluten-Free Food Storage

Written by The Ready Store

Should I eat gluten-free foods?  This is a fantastic question that many people are asking right now. Recently gluten-free diets has been a hot topic and for a good reason.

What is gluten?
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley that provides it with its spongy texture. Gluten allergies can vary from wheat allergies, gluten sensitivity to celiac disease.

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that causes a person’s immune system to attack the person’s intestines when they eat gluten. Ultimately the villi (which absorb food’s nutrients) in the stomach are destroyed and the person is unable to digest properly. It’s estimated that 1 in 141 people in the United States has celiac disease.

Benefits of gluten free foodFor those suffering from celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, the clear course of treatment is to strictly remove gluten from their diet. For others who don’t have the disease or are unsure if they do or don’t, there are still benefits to making an effort to reduce gluten in one’s diet.

Gluten is most often found in fatty, fried, processed foods. It is also naturally found in items like barley, rye, and bread flours.

How to transition to gluten free foods
When replacing gluten, be sure to use high-quality whole-grains, nuts and seeds.

Many of the gluten-free substitutes that we provide are not only high in protein and fiber, but also vitamins, minerals and amino acids. This is important because while the body is recovering from the autoimmune issues, the food that is being eaten is high in important nutrients. This will aid in your ability to recover and your overall health.

Making the switch from processed flour to whole grains is beneficial as well. Whole grains have high nutrient levels and are beneficial to any whole foods diet.

The caveat with eating a gluten-free diet is that many people feel that because they are being deprived of gluten, they should be able to eat more of other things like refined sugars, fats, etc. If someone is going to make the switch to whole grains, it is important that they focus on eating a healthy well-balanced diet all around.

Grains that we would recommend people use as substitutes are things like quinoa, oats, millet, and buckwheat. In addition to these grains, many nuts and seeds make great flour substitutes. For example, almonds, pecans, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, and coconut flour are powerhouse foods that are also delicious in breads, cookies, and other baked goods.

Benefits of gluten-free foods
The bottom line is that cutting out fatty and processed foods is a great thing for your diet. By eliminating gluten foods, you’ll be eliminating unhealthy oils, carbohydrates.

Many times, because a person in cutting out gluten-foods, it promotes a healthier eating habit that leads to weight loss. A gluten-free diet doesn’t guarantee weight-loss but if used correctly, will lead to a healthier lifestyle.

Have you done it?
Do you eat gluten-free? Comment below to let us know and tell others if you would recommend it or not.

Updated December 29, 2012

10 Comments

  1. Keri Lafferty wrote:

    I have been gluten free for four months now and must say I feel better than I can remember ever feeling.

    January 5th, 2013 at 11:55 am
  2. Mona wrote:

    I’m trying! Chex cereal is gluten free, other than the wheat. Many grains are gluten free, such as millet, so I’m slowing adding those and building up a supply.
    It seems to help many with digestive problems, mental fogs, aches and pains.
    I’m also paying attention to non-GMOs and no added chemicals though. I see that as a problem also. Organic is best when possible, but non-GMO and no added chemicals is second best. No added toxins.
    Slow but steady has really built up my supply and variety!

    January 9th, 2013 at 10:07 am
  3. Sharon wrote:

    I have been gluten free for several years after being sick for most of my adult life. After more than 15 years of illness, I was finally diagnosed with Celiac disease. Since going gluten free, I have more energy, and feel better than I have in years! For anyone with Celiac, it must be a lifelong diet. Its nice to finally see some food storage/emergency rations that are safe for me to eat. Now, if getting rid of the GMS’s was only as easy.

    January 11th, 2013 at 9:14 am
  4. Rick wrote:

    Eating GF is very difficult. Usually it takes 2-4 years to get diagnosed, then another year to figure out that hidden gluten is added to most foods. Since being GF early last year, I’ve dropped 40 pounds and confirmed that 4 different doctors don’t know medicine after all. Eating out is a Celiac’s nightmare as many restaraunts say they have GF food, but cannot guarantee the cooking environment is GF; Red Robin has a GF bun and even brought the GF burger to the table separately so there was no contamination. GF freezed dried food, a inverter and a coffee pot of hot water is my answer to long trips and eating out.

    January 11th, 2013 at 10:46 am
  5. Melody wrote:

    I agree with Rick. Eating out is a nightmare. Wendy’s has a few items you can eat, such as: chili, baked potato, and a few of their salads w/o croutons , blue cheese, and pecans. Ruby Tuesdays has a gluten free menu if you ask. You need to specify and make the waiter understand it has to be gluten free and relay it to the chef. Most places wont cater to food allergies so I just go where I know I can eat. Gets pretty tiresome trying to find a place you can eat at. I havent tried Red Robin yet. I am glad that there is finally a company that is starting to stock Gluten free foods for long term storage.

    January 11th, 2013 at 6:22 pm
  6. Karen wrote:

    Eating out is not a nightmare as long as you realize that most food chains are simply incapable of providing gluten free food, so don’t expect it. There are a few exceptions…PF Chang’s has an excellent gluten free menu and takes it seriously. Many Asian and especially Thai restaurants are doing gluten free food. Many steakhouses provide excellent gluten free dining experiences.

    January 15th, 2013 at 2:54 pm
  7. Wholesale Gluten Free wrote:

    There are many benefits and advantages to food storage. You can begin today by buying food in bulk and storing extra dry good in a cool, dry place in your home. You can also purchase a year’s supply of food for you family from freeze-dried-food sources.

    January 21st, 2013 at 4:08 am
  8. Kathleen wrote:

    My 14 year old daughter was diagnosed 8 years ago with Celiac. My problem is that so many things say they are gluten-free and yet she cannot have them, ie. Chex cereal(all flavors). I hope that soon people will realize that gluten-free is more than wheat. There is a whole list of ingredients that people with Celiac cannot have based on their allergies. For my daughter, this also includes oat, rye, and barley.

    March 8th, 2013 at 8:56 am
  9. Lisa wrote:

    COME TO FIND OUT THE diagnosis is as simple as requesting specific blood work from your PCP then following up with a nutritionist who can reduce the “nightmare’s” described above. One thing I found out right away is that if you have Non-stick cook ware, you MUST get new as the gluten’s get into the non stick surfaces. ***This IS important in planning for emergencies!***
    I have been gluten free for 6 months after being sick for 9 years. I was finally diagnosed with Celiac disease. Since going gluten free, I have more energy, and feel better than I have in years!

    April 9th, 2013 at 5:38 am
  10. Dan wrote:

    I would like to thank the store and Saratoga farms for provideing g-f long storeage.
    I feel sorry for you guys that are preping with gluton foods ,then find out they or their kids have Celiac’s.After storeing for ten years my daughter was diagnosed four years ago, it has change my way of buying.
    I suppose you could “barter” you gluton foods.
    Just some food for thought.

    September 21st, 2013 at 8:47 am

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