Dietary restrictions are becoming exceedingly prevalent in today’s society. Whether it’s an allergy or simply a preference, it’s clear that many people have restrictions that need to be taken into account when preparing/buying food. Some times, this can be a difficult feat and one that ultimately impacts every aspect of how one consumes things. One dietary restriction in particular is those that are gluten-free.
Most foodservice management companies do not or cannot create meals around certain dietary restrictions, including a gluten-free diet. There are so many reasons that people go on gluten-free diets, and this article dives into it.
1. Celiac Disease
Celiac disease is an immune disease that causes those affected to not be able to eat any gluten because it will badly affect their small intestine. This is one of the main reasons people go on a gluten-free diet; some reap the negative health effects every time they eat gluten. Luckily, there are many alternatives for gluten and switching one’s diet can make a huge impact on their day-to-day life.
2. Health Benefits
There are many health benefits for those who simply choose to go gluten-free because of their own preference, as well. You’re more likely to eat more fruits and vegetables due to them being some of the most easily accessible gluten-free foods out there. Not only this, but it promotes digestive health and improves your cholesterol. Some have even reported an increase in energy after switching to this diet. Overall, there are many health benefits of switching to gluten-free diets. It also has the potential to aid in weight loss.
3. Global Benefits
There are even some global benefits of cutting gluten out of one’s diet, too. One loaf of bread’s carbon footprint alone ranges from 977 to 1,244 CO2, according to ResearchGate. The fertilizer for growing wheat in general accounts for 43% of greenhouse gas emissions, according to experts. Overall, cutting wheat out for a gluten-free diet may just be helping the planet!
We at GKM know that there are so many foodservice management companies who do not take into account their clients who have special dietary restrictions, like a gluten-free diet. Either that or they are simply unable to accommodate them based off their chefs’ abilities. We aim to cater to every dietary restriction and we even provide our in-house chefs with the necessary training to do so.
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