Since the beginning of COVID attending weekly conferences and webinars is the norm due to the virtual world. One recent conference was on the link between chronic inflammation and gluten.
You’ve most likely seen the plethora of gluten-free products on the market, and most are tired of the saturation of this topic so why is it crucial and is it important to your health?
Let’s define gluten and discuss the processing of it to see if this fits your specific health needs.
Gluten is a storage form of protein found in grains, predominantly wheat, barley, rye and oats. Research is also showing cross contamination in grains thought to be gluten free such as quinoa, rice, sorghum, and corn. Typical gluten-containing foods are bread, pasta, cereals, crackers, and pastry products.
Embarking on a truly gluten free diet is very challenging since gluten is in so many foods. Reasons for going gluten-free vary from having a true gluten allergy to an intolerance.
There are more unknowns that knowns and testing may or may not be reliable. Sometimes testing done for Celiac may come back negative only because the problem is not autoimmune but rather a gluten sensitivity or intolerance. Only a few labs in the US measure these types of responses.
A cause of intolerance may be sensitivity to pesticides.
Because gluten is challenging to harvest, it is often sprayed with glyphosate AKA Roundup which is a powerful pesticide and antibiotic. Food allergies and sensitivities are on the rise and it is thought that the exposure to Roundup and antibiotics in these grains may be one of the triggers.
A recommendation from the conference was to buy and consume organic grass-fed A2/A2 products since they are free of pesticides and animals are not fed grains (which can be passed through into the products thus causing allergies even if one is not sensitive to dairy, meat, eggs, etc.). After hearing this I went on the hunt to find where you can buy A2/A2 organic grass-fed products.
I found only one company in California – Alexandre Family Farm. They have limited products which are challenging to purchase since they are only available at select stores. I finally found the gold mine which is Amish country in Pennsylvania. I chose a farm called Dutch Meadows Farm and found they ship to Los Angeles. Products are reasonable but shipping is costly. When I received my first shipment, I found out why – the products are impeccably shipped in packaging I’ve never seen – not one broken egg or spoiled product.
I have enjoyed delicious eggs, cottage cheese, yogurt, cheese, and butter – even better than products in Europe. The eggs have no sulfur taste, the cottage cheese is creamy and delicious – and every client I’ve referred to them has agreed. How can this be?
Animals are happy, well treated, and roam beautiful farm country. They are not fed hormones, fillers or corn/soy/grain feed which is the norm in most products across the US. I’ve even been able to tolerate cow dairy from this farm (I am usually intolerant.)
Although A2/A2 products are challenging to find and more costly, if you are experiencing health issues – allergies, gut challenges, skin or other medical issues – it might be worth a try to keep your system happy and calm.
Of if you want to treat yourself this holiday, I recommend an order from Dutch Family Farms – not only will you treat your health but your palate and have delicious food for you and your family.
Knowing whether you are sensitive to gluten may be a matter of experimentation. If you are experiencing any symptoms of inflammation (gut, skin, etc.) change your diet for at least 6 weeks. See if it makes a difference in your symptoms and sense of well-being which is the true answer to your individual health.