Gluten Free at Healthtree
Healthtree has the largest selection of gluten free products in Quebec and it just keeps on growing. You’ll find delicious alternatives for foods that you thought you couldn’t eat anymore: pastas, cookies, bread and pancakes, to name a few. First, let’s take a look at why you would need to go gluten free.
What is Gluten?
Gluten (Latin for “glue”) is a protein in food that is processed from wheat and similar grains including rye, barley, kamut, spelt and oats. Gluten provides the elasticity in baked goods, allowing them to rise and keep their shape. It also accounts for the chewiness in squares and cookies.
Gluten is added to all kinds of food as a flavoring, stabilizing or thickening agent. Gluten can be found in everyday items such as ice cream, ketchup, soups, wheat pasta, breads and cookies. See below for a more comprehensive list of foods containing gluten. It is rarely identified as gluten in the listed ingredients so it is much safer to buy products that are labeled gluten free.
Why go Gluten Free?
Gluten intolerance in people ranges from a gluten sensitivity with mild symptoms to full-blown Celiac Disease where the intestinal lining is damaged and can’t absorb nutrients from food. Common symptoms are anemia, chronic diarrhea, weight loss, fatigue, headaches, cramps, bloating and irritability; for a complete list, visit the celiac website links below. Left untreated over time, it can lead to malnutrition, osteoporosis or even cancer. It’s important to note that even though you test negative for Celiac Disease, you can still be gluten sensitive.
Gluten Free Delights
The good news is that symptoms are reversible by following a gluten free diet and now, more than ever, there are terrific gluten-free products and resources easily available. We have many gluten-free flours for baking along with gluten-free baking powder, baking soda and chocolate chips. We also have several brands of gluten free pasta so you can enjoy your old favorites again. Gluten free pizza crusts, pancake mixes, breads and bread mixes, cookies, ketchup, ice cream, soups, sauces, sausages – you name it, we have a gluten-free solution for you. We even have gluten free beer.
Healthtree has it
Check out the list below of foods that contain gluten and clean out your pantry. Then come in to Healthtree and shop our selection of fresh, frozen and packaged gluten-free products. If we’re missing something or if you have a question about one of our products, please ask – we’re happy to help. And don’t forget to visit our Gluten Free Recipes