What is Gluten?
Gluten is a protein that you'll find in a range of grains. Some grains have virtually no gluten, such as rice. Some grains like wheat and spelt have a lot more. Traditionally, people around the world ate a lot less gluten than we do now, both because the much larger amount of wheat we're eating (even if a lot of it is hidden away as things like thickeners in sauces). The wheat we were eating was also much lower in gluten, because as we've bred grains over the ages, we've created higher gluten levels in them, too.
What's the problem?
The trouble is that a lot of people, many who don't even know it, have either a gluten intolerance or even celiac disease. These can cause bloating, cramps, gas, migraines, depression and get in the way of your body using the vitamins and minerals it needs. This, in turn, leads to a whole host of other health problems. It's very hard to pin these on the gluten, because the problems become visible so long after when you actually eat it. When almost everything you eat has gluten, there's also no clear way of connecting a problem with something unusual you ate. Currently, the only way to really deal with these issues is the obvious one. Don't eat food with gluten in it. Even if you don't think you're gluten intolerant, try it. You may be surprised!
With Spicely spices though, you can rest easy. Our spices are certified gluten-free by the GIG, meaning that you can use and share Spicely on food for all your family and friends with complete confidence. Enjoy!