Going Gluten-Free is Easier Than You Think

How You Might Benefit Without Gluten

 

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n the past few years, we’ve seen an increase in gluten-free diets and dishes, especially in Orange County. But what exactly is gluten? Gluten is essentially a certain type of protein found in wheat and related grains. Gluten plays a big role in helping foods keep their shape, and is found in some of our favorites (can you say baguettes?). Going gluten-free can have health benefits for those who suffer from autoimmune diseases, or are simply intolerant to it. Adapting a gluten-free diet can also help with digestive issues. Getting the gluten out of your diet doesn’t have to be difficult, and it certainly doesn’t have to compromise taste. We’re giving you some of our insider tips for switching up your lifestyle.

Gluten-Free Orange County

Are you a pasta lover? For many, giving up pasta can be a hard thing to do. Being gluten-free doesn’t mean you have to. Many companies have created delicious alternatives to the typical wheat-based pasta. There are now pasta variations made from chickpeas, corn, quinoa and even edamame. While all have different tastes and textures, they do the trick when it comes to satisfying your cravings.

Gluten-Free Pasta is available at these restaurants in Orange County: North Italia, Al Forno Caffe, VitalyAntonello Ristorante and Enoteca Lounge and more.

Many of our classic cereal favorites are now gluten-free. Cheerios, Chex, and other popular brands have now made our favorite childhood breakfast cereals entirely gluten-free. Even Lucky Charms are a safe bet!

If you’re someone who loves to dine-out, but isn’t sure what is or isn’t good on gluten-free options, most restaurants have alternatives to ensure that all eaters have a good experience. A lot of your favorite Orange County lunch spots offer gluten-free dishes as well, including Café Gratitude, True Food Kitchen, and even Blaze Pizza.

And since we live in a tech world, there are even apps available for download to help you stay on track. Check out this list of Top 10 Gluten-Free Apps by Gluten-Free Living.

If dining out on the new diet sounds too complicated, grocery stores have made finding gluten-free products an easy task. Many of our favorite grocery stores including Sprouts, Whole Foods Market, and Albertsons all have aisles dedicated to those who are in search of guaranteed gluten-free products. From cookies to even bread, you won’t have to worry about finding a substitute that works for you.

Going gluten-free can seem daunting, but there are some who swear by its benefits. So if it sounds like something that could help you feel better, don’t be afraid to give it a go.

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