During the last two or three years it had been an increasingly trend to reduce or eliminate gluten consumption not only as a result of a healthier lifestyle but also because of the recent hype surrounding the discovery of gluten intolerance, commonly known as ‘celiac disease’. In order to understand the advantages of a gluten free diet, first of all we need to know what is and where can we find gluten in. A natural protein found in wheat, rye, oats and barley. This compound gives bread and other baked products its elasticity and its chewy consistence, a high sacrifice for people who loves sweets.
Several studies had cited gluten as the main cause of several reactions such as gain of weight, allergies, skin issues, headaches, lack of energy, irritable bowel syndrome, distress, and depression among other symptoms. Even though when only people with celiac disease are proved to present these symptoms caused by the protein, studies had also proved that having a gluten free diet, might help to have a healthier lifestyle and major improvements on digestion issues. For instance, a diet without gluten can help to:
- Decrease bloating
- Prevent diarrhea
- Improve digestion
- Help people with irritable bowel syndrome
- Increase in energy
- Improved behavior on people with autism
It is important to realize that not eating gluten, doesn´t implicates that the person cannot eat sweets. However, is very important to keep in mind that what kind of food and which product do not have this protein in it.
Some gluten free sweets
Processed and non-processed foods that are available in our lives are gluten free but sometimes we are not aware of it. For instance, some chocolates, candies and other comfitures of big known brands are gluten free and can be a good solution for people with celiac disease or the one who does not want to eat gluten, but enjoy sweets.
Brands like Nestlé, Snickers, Toblerone, Tic-Tac Mints, M&Ms, Jelly Belly, Skittles, Tootsie Roll’s have products that leave the gluten away and keep the sweetness and taste of a delicious threat.
Top Gluten free sweets
- Snickers: A chocolate craving’s better solution
- Skittles: Only for candy lovers
- Lifesavers: For a more conserver audience
- Hershey’s kisses: Dedicated to the lovers of love all over the world
- Jelly Belly: Kids will always be kids
Those sweets, chocolates and candies are gluten free proved, but it is always important that you read carefully the nutritional information in order to check which suites you better. All of them have great taste and are our lifetime favorites; however we shouldn’t forget that we can always switch processed sweets for natural sweets contained in fruits, dried fruits and other natural grains that don’t contain gluten and still are delicious!
Keep in mind that by reducing gluten consumption, you also reduce whole grains consumption, which has to be exchanged for other foods high in fibers such as fruit and other grains high in fibers.