NOTES FROM A NUTRITIONIST
Nutrition is not an exact science. In fact, it is more of an art. Each individual has unique genetic differences, therefore, they react differently to various nutrients.
Gluten is a protein that is found in wheat, oats, barley and rye. For approximately 1% of the population who have celiac disease, ingesting gluten causes an immune response that inflames the small intestine, causing unbearable abdominal cramping, chronic fatigue, depression and a host of other symptoms. For those and for approximately 5% who are gluten intolerant, avoiding gluten is necessary to avoid a variety of health maladies caused by ingesting gluten.
Fiber is an important part of everyone’s diet for digestion health, weight control and reducing various cancers. Denise, Owner of Pip’s Place, has developed a number of high fiber muffin recipes that incorporate rice bran, brown rice flour, flax seed, almond flour, and oatmeal that are moist and delicious. A complex range of diseases possibly resulting from the consumption of wheat lead me to believe that eating gluten free, even if you don’t have celiac disease or a gluten intolerance, is a wise choice. Giving up wheat doesn’t mean you have to give up the desserts and treats you love, thanks to Pip’s Place.
Pip’s offers a wide variety of homemade treats that can be incorporated into a varied and moderate diet. Those with celiac disease or who are gluten intolerant may feel deprived when it comes to homemade baked goods due to the lack of gluten free options in the marketplace. Budget your calorie intake to include delicious desserts from Pip’s and never feel deprived of fabulous desserts again.
Jeni Ellis Halliday Ph.D
Author of - 365 Ways to Lose Weight: Only 1 Way to Keep it Off!