Thursday, October 31, 2013

BREADY - Bringing you Made Without Gluten Bread

Chartwells serves 'made without gluten' breads! Chartwells uses the Bready machine to bake 'made without gluten' breads and cakes. The Bready machine is the first bread machine to address the challenges of making great tasting, soft, evenly textured, contamination-free breads or cakes. Students can find Bready products in the Griesedieck and Reinert dining halls. If you need 'made without gluten' foods and would like more information or options, please contact me by email at

Why do people need 'made without gluten' foods?

A 'made without gluten' diet is a diet in which foods that contain gluten are not eaten. Gluten is a protein complex found in the grains: wheat, barley, and rye.

A 'made without gluten' diet is the only medically accepted treatment for Celiac disease or gluten allergies. Celiac disease is an autoimmune digestive disease that is triggered by gluten (found in wheat, barley, and rye). Celiac disease affects at least 1 in 133 Americans. When gluten is ingested by a person with Celiac disease, it damages the villi of the small intestine which then interferes with the absorption of important nutrients. Although there are hundreds of symptoms associated with Celiac disease, the most common symptoms include bloating and gas, diarrhea, constipation, rash, fatigue, and poor weight gain.

What is up with the 'gluten-free' trend?

Despite the gluten-free trend and health claims for gluten-free eating, there is no published experimental evidence to support such claims for the general population. In fact some food manufacturers may actually add more sugar and fat to improve the tastes of the 'made without gluten' foods.  

For anyone trying to eat a healthier diet, it is important to incorporate all of the food groups including grains. People with Celiac disease can still have a variety grains but need to avoid wheat, barley, and rye. People should opt for whole grains over refined grains in order to get more nutrients and fiber. Choosing whole grains provides you with more health benefits including: a decreased risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic diseases.
For people with celiac disease or a gluten allergy,

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