Gluten free. At what cost?
There are a lot of gluten intolerants out there. As we zoom around the neighbourhood peddling our bread and products there seems more people who purport a sensitivity to gluten. First off full blown gluten sensitivity, properly diagnosed as celiac disease is serious stuff but the whole gluten free movement smacks of a trend.
Gluten libertarians will confess they are not celiac but have gluten sensitivity. We have briefly written on this subject so we won’t repeat ourselves here. Most recent gluten free converts will impart a sincere desire to improve their health by eliminating gluten from their regime as integral to adopting a better diet. Trend or no thank God there is a growing awareness to improve ones diet.
But at what cost? There is a myriad of gluten free recipes which are excellent at eliminating gluten from a diet but not everyone is in a position to prepare each recipe at home from scratch. So one must rely upon ready packaged foods from a local purveyor to acquire gluten free products.
This is where the real cost is revealed because some gluten free alternatives include alarming amounts of GMO additives primarily from corn and soy. Most corn and soy based foods are made with GMO.
Until comprehensive product labeling legislation is introduced to illuminate GMO ingredients choosing gluten free products requires you to assume that if the label mentions corn or soy there is an 85% probability the product is GMO.