A bundle of wheat is shown on a gray background with a red slash through it indicating gluten free.

Gluten Free Diet: Understanding the Basics

Why would you need this type of diet? 

There are several reasons why someone would choose to be on a gluten free diet. Whether it’s chosen as a preference or to treat a health issue, the gluten free diet has gained popularity. And while there are many more gluten free options on the market now, we know it is important for those with dietary restrictions to have good quality food options to make the transition to gluten free easier. That’s why all of our products are gluten free and sugar free! 

What is a Gluten Free Diet? 

A gluten free diet is exactly what it sounds like: a diet that is free of gluten. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye, and is added to many processed foods. The purpose of a gluten free diet is to reduce symptoms and improve the health of those with celiac disease, non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS), and wheat allergies. You can read more about how the gluten free diet helps people with celiac disease HERE. Gluten free diets can also promote weight loss, increase your energy levels, and improve gut health. 

Is Gluten an Allergen? 

Yes, gluten is an allergen for certain people. Those who have celiac, NCGS, or wheat allergies have reactions to gluten that can cause symptoms like abdominal pain, bloating, and fatigue among other symptoms. 

Gluten Free Diet Food List

A gluten free diet typically includes vegetables, fruits, meats, dairy products, and gluten free grains such as corn, rice, and quinoa. All of those groups are naturally gluten free, but it is important to read food labels to make sure there is no hidden gluten that has been added. 

At Pederson’s, we do not add gluten to any of our products to give our customers more options in their dietary restrictions. 

Read our blog to learn more about reading nutrition labels and finding hidden gluten in food.

Gluten Free Recipes

Because the gluten free diet has gained so much popularity recently, it’s much easier to find gluten free recipes now. Take a look at our easy to make and absolutely delicious recipes! We’ve highlighted a few here: 

Sauteed Sausage and Peppers

Sauteed Kielbasa Sausage is shown mixed with sauteed peppers in this gluten free recipe.

Parmesan Roasted Broccoli and Bacon

Gluten free roasted broccoli and bacon is shown in a white serving dish.

Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Ham with Sweet Mustard Drizzle

Roasted Brussels sprouts are shown mixed with chunks of ham and sauteed onions in a bowl. This is a quick and easy gluten free recipe.