Blog By carausher on 3 March 2017

Gluten Free Meals Delivered To Your Door

Gluten free may seem like a fad to some, but here at IONutrition, we beg to differ. See, the reason gluten-free foods exist in today’s market is because 1) not all foods are created equal, and 2) gluten isn’t what it once was years ago. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, barley and some other grains. Gluten is elastic (think of bread rising in the oven) and is the reason baked products are chewy and do not turn into crumbs when being cut open.

It is important to note that a large majority of people are highly sensitive to gluten, some to the point of having a disease called Celiac Disease. It’s estimated that in the U.S. 1 in 133 people have celiac disease, and only about 15% of people with celiac disease have actually been diagnosed. These individuals must avoid gluten, as ingestion of the gluten protein for these individuals can cause an adverse reaction. This reaction can damage intestinal cells and lead to potentially serious health problems. People who experience an adverse reaction to gluten but are not diagnosed with celiac disease may have non-celiac gluten sensitivity, also called “gluten sensitivity.” With this condition, the problems caused by gluten are not thought to be as extensive as in celiac disease, but for both conditions the only treatment for relief is a gluten-free diet. Common reactions to a celiac sensitivity may include brain fog/mental fatigue, gas, bloating, constipation, abdominal pain, headache, and general fatigue. Those people with gluten sensitivity will experience relief from these symptoms when they remove all gluten from their diet.

So, where can gluten be found?

The gluten protein is found in breads, pastas, and baked goods made with gluten-containing flours, but may also include less obvious foods like salad dressings and sauces, soups and other processed foods. For instance, oats are naturally gluten-free, but are often contaminated with wheat in growing and/or processing, so only oats which are certified gluten-free are acceptable on a gluten-free diet.

If you are someone who believes they may have a gluten sensitivity (or a chronic disease such as celiac), it is important to contact your doctor to get tested. Wondering if you should go gluten free to see how it makes you feel? Of course, eating gluten-free makes sense for anyone diagnosed with celiac disease, or a significant sensitivity to gluten. However, for the individuals who gluten does not seem to bother, you may be wondering what the benefits are. Some people report feeling better after reducing their intake of products with gluten, such as reduced brain fog, allergies, and increased energy levels. It is important to note that a food labeled as “gluten-free” isn’t necessarily healthier. Gluten-free products can still be high in calories, fat, sugar and carbohydrates, and some products contain other fillers that may not be the best alternatives.

If you are interested in removing gluten from your diet to experience the health benefits, you may find it is not as easy to do, as mentioned above, gluten can easily sneak into foods you may not expect to contain gluten. However, IONutrition offers gluten free meals delivery which helps to make this change much smoother (and convenient!). Today, there are many different meal delivery services to chose from which may be quite overwhelming. When choosing a service, there are a lot of different factors to consider. Price, packaging, ingredients, healthfulness..the list could go on! Our meals range from $11.99 – $13.99 depending what type of plan you are looking for (paleo, original, or protein plus). We deliver straight to your doorstep, free, with no delivery fee. We use ultra-portable, refrigerated meal management bags that keep meals fresh anywhere you go.

IONutrition provides gluten free meals delivered to your door – organic, fresh (and never frozen!), seasonal, locally sourced ingredients, that are free from common irritants like gluten, soy, corn, and dairy. Our menu changes weekly so that you are constantly receiving new and fresh gluten free meal prepped dishes. If you are looking for a service for gluten free meals delivered to your home, look no further! You can find out more information about our gluten free meals here.

 

Resources

  1. https://www.gluten.org/resources/getting-started/the-gluten-free-diet-facts-and-myths/
  2. https://www.prevention.com