What is Gluten?

Posted by sps on March 15, 2019

In a health-conscious society, we are all becoming more aware of what we eat.  It seems that a number of sensitivities and allergies are being linked back to the food we consume.  Gluten is a big one lately. For those individuals who can not tolerate gluten, going out to eat can be a challenge.  Luckily, Stella Blu in Nashua has made fine dining in NH easy with their new gluten-free menu!

What is Gluten

Gluten is a combination of proteins that are typically found in wheat.  Although wheat is the most common carrier of gluten, substances like barley and rye are also known to contain gluten.  There are two main proteins found in gluten; gliadin and glutenin.  Gliadin is the primary cause of most negative reactions.  Think of gluten as glue.  The proteins form a binding substance for many baked goods like bread and pastries.  However, gluten is also known to be present in beer, cereals, and pasta.

Health Concerns

Gluten sensitivities can cause many side effects to an individual.  Although some people know right away, some go years showing no signs of intolerance.  More concerning are those with an allergy to gluten.  Celiac disease is the most severe of any gluten intolerances. Side effects of intolerance can include a range of symptoms from bloating and headaches to intestinal damage and anemia.

Gluten-Free Grains

If you are affected by gluten sensitivities, there are still options for you! Grains like brown rice, buckwheat, wild rice, quinoa, corn are all gluten-free.  However, depending on the sensitivity, these may also pose a risk.  Individuals with an intolerance need to be mindful that these grains can be contaminated during the packaging process.  Be sure to check labels.  Facilities that have the possibility of cross-contamination are required to state so on their packaging. 

Because more and more people are becoming aware of gluten intolerances, there are a variety of new options available each day.  Major pasta and bread brands are now offering gluten-free products. Many restaurants are also realizing that their customers may need a little TLC.  Consider Stella Blu for your next night out.  Fine dining in NH has never been more convenient! Call (603) 578-5557 to make your reservation today.