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Little River County, Ark. –
What is gluten? Why are people avoiding it? Gluten is the protein found in grains
such as wheat, barely, and rye. The protein helps to form the consistency that we
are used to with our bread. Some people follow a gluten free diet by choice. People
with celiac disease or a gluten intolerance must follow a gluten free diet all of
their lives per their doctor’s order. If someone has celiac disease and they consume
gluten it can be harmful to their health. About one percent of the US population has
celiac disease. An estimated five to ten percent of the population has gluten intolerance.
Gluten is found in any food that contains wheat, triticale (a cross between wheat
and rye), barley and rye. People who do not have celiac disease but choose to cut
out foods with gluten from their diet may feel better because they will have cut out
many refined foods such as desserts and processed foods that contain gluten. You
can read on the food label to determine if a food has gluten in it. If you need a
gluten free diet, look for the gluten-free label on the food products you purchase.
There are many naturally gluten-free foods. Some of these foods that naturally do
not contain gluten include nuts, oils, and rice. You can choose brown rice or quinoa
to get a serving of whole grains that will also be gluten free. Fresh fruits and
vegetables are naturally gluten-free foods. Beans, fresh meats, and fresh eggs are
naturally gluten-free as well.
Processed foods may contain gluten or may come into contact with gluten while being
made. Many foods such as candy, gravy, rice mixes, sauces, and soups that are sold
in stores may contain gluten. You have to read every food label to find out if the
product contains gluten.
Many stores will carry gluten-free options if you just talk with the manager. If you
go out to eat, talk with the server at the restaurant to let them know you need gluten-free
menu options. Lots of restaurants now have gluten-free options.
Call the Little River County Extension office at (870) 898-7224 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for gluten-free recipes and more information on eating gluten-free. There are handouts
on gluten available in the extension office at any time. Always feel free to stop
by our office at 1411 N Constitution Ave in Ashdown to receive more information. The
Cooperative Extension Service is part of the University of Arkansas Research and Extension.
The Cooperative Extension is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action
institution. Please like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LittleRiverFCS
By Celeste Scarborough, MS, RD, LD County Extension Agent - FCSThe Cooperative Extension ServiceU of A System Division of Agriculture
Media Contact: Celeste Scarborough, MS, RD, LD County Extension Agent - FCS
U of A Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
1411 N Constitution Ave Ashdown AR 71822
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