The term ‘gluten-free’ has become widely used in the world of nutrition, and its popularity has been on the rise in recent years. In this article, we explore in-depth what ‘gluten-free’ truly means, the benefits of opting for a gluten-free diet, and the options available in the Canadian market. From quinoa to gluten-free beer, we will unravel the keys to conscious and healthy eating.
Gluten is a protein present in wheat, barley, and rye. It is prohibited for individuals with celiac disease, which hinders the absorption of vitamins, or for those who are intolerant to it.
According to Dr. Arthur Agatston, Medical Director of Wellness and Prevention at Baptist Health and author of ‘The South Beach Diet Gluten Solution,’: “Gluten sensitivity has been known to cause symptoms such as diarrhea, fatigue, headaches, depression, joint pain, skin problems, and weight issues. It has also been linked to arthritis, thyroiditis, diabetes, and all kinds of autoimmune problems.”
You should know that gluten is only harmful to people with celiac disease. For those without this condition, including gluten in their diet is not a problem, although they may choose to avoid it to increase energy and prevent significant weight gain, as we will see later.
Quinoa, a pseudocereal, has gained popularity as a gluten-free alternative. Unlike traditional grains like wheat, quinoa is naturally gluten-free, making it a standout choice for those looking to diversify their diet without compromising health. Its versatility and nutritional profile have made quinoa a staple in the pantries of those adopting a gluten-free lifestyle. Additionally, thanks to this quality, quinoa can be used as an ingredient in gluten-free favorites, such as beer.
Not consuming gluten can have significant health benefits, some of which include:
Eliminating gluten from the diet can improve digestion for those with gluten sensitivity or celiac disease. Abdominal discomfort and bloating often significantly decrease when opting for gluten-free foods.
Some people report an increase in energy levels when eliminating gluten from their diet. This benefit may be linked to better nutrient absorption and a reduction in intestinal inflammation. In turn, gluten-containing foods like bread, rice, and various snacks are considered to have a high glycemic index, meaning they increase blood glucose, which is not beneficial for health and can lead to energy lows after consumption. For this reason, high glycemic index foods are often responsible for the drowsiness that one may experience after a heavy meal like lunch or a dinner with many flours.
For those looking to lose weight, a gluten-free diet can be a viable option. The elimination of gluten-rich products often leads to a higher intake of fresh and natural foods, promoting a healthier lifestyle. Additionally, since lower glycemic index foods are consumed, it is possible to have a faster and healthier metabolism, making gluten removal from a diet a sustainable way to favor weight loss.
Beer is one of the favorite beverages for everyone; however, for those who have chosen a gluten-free diet, either due to a medical condition or the benefits it brings, enjoying it regularly can be challenging. For this reason, gluten-free beer has gained ground in the market of Canadian craft beers. Crafted with ingredients like rice, corn, and sorghum, these beers offer a flavourful   alternative for those seeking to enjoy this social beverage without compromising their gluten-free diet.
This is where Miski Brewing   comes in  , and their new Ancestral Ale, a beer for everyone, made with a base of Quinoa, allowing you to enjoy a beer with great flavour  completely free of gluten.
The brewing of gluten-free beer involves careful processes to ensure the complete absence of gluten in the final product. The selection of grains and meticulous attention to cross-contamination are fundamental to offering safe and delicious beers. Miski Brewing is certified as a gluten-free beer, thanks to Pro-Cert’s Gluten-Free Program, confirming our commitment to being a beer for everyone.
Gluten-free beer is not limited to a standard taste. From refreshing lagers to robust dark beers, the variety of options in the Canadian market caters to the most discerning palates. The growing demand has led to an explosion of creativity among brewers, offering a complete sensory experience for gluten-free beer enthusiasts. For Miski Brewing, we have the traditional Ale for your enjoyment, 100% gluten-free, and soon we will have Belgian beer, high in body and fruity flavour.
Keep in mind that gluten-free beer has the same taste as other beers and our characteristic quality.
In the Canadian market, the ‘gluten-free’ trend is not only a response to the needs of those with food intolerances but also a conscious choice for many seeking to improve their overall well-being. From the versatility of quinoa to the explosion of options in gluten-free beer, the Canadian food landscape has evolved to embrace and meet the demands of an increasingly informed population about their health and nutrition. Choosing a gluten-free diet is not just a lifestyle choice but also a path toward a healthier and more varied diet.”