The Importance of a Gluten-Free Diet for Celiac Sufferers…
How Hemp Can Help!
Celiac disease is a serious genetic autoimmune disease, set off by a protein called ‘gluten,” which is found in almost all foods we eat today, forcing many people to turn to a gluten-free diet. Gluten attacks the small intestine. Even people without celiac disease can be sensitive to gluten or are allergic to wheat. Symptoms may vary, but there can be intense intestine pain, constipation and diarrhea, fatigue, headaches and bone pain.
You’ll find gluten in breads, cereals, pastas, tortillas, cookies, cakes, muffins, crackers, croutons, chips, sauces and many other foods, just about every type of food most people love to eat; trying to put together a snack or meal without gluten can be a real challenge.
Followers of a gluten-free diet are at risk of being deficient in a number of key essential nutrients, including zinc, magnesium, vitamin D, iron and fiber. Plus, cholesterol levels have a tendency to be higher in those who don’t eat gluten. Constipation is common in people who eat foods without a sufficient amount of fiber in their diet, commonly found in breads and pastas.
Hemp seeds and hemp oil take away the worry from those suffering … as they are completely gluten-free. Hemp is a great source of a number of vitamins and minerals, including zinc, magnesium, vitamin D, vitamin E and iron. It’s also high in fiber, which helps support the digestive system and prevents constipation. Plus, hemp contains a high amount of protein, including all of the essential amino acids, and its a great source of the essential fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6.
Hemp seeds can be mixed into smoothies, served with milk or sprinkled onto salads and yogurt. Hemp oil can be used to make your own gluten-free sauces and dressings. Flour made from hemp, can serve as an alternative for grain-flour and is available for purchase through the Health Smart Mall. The flour, like the seeds, features a nuttier flavor that can serve as a tasty addition to your breads, muffins and cookies.
Hemp seeds are considered hypoallergenic, so even those with allergies to nuts and seeds can safely eat hemp seeds without any problems.