I remember not feeling my best for a few months, wondering what it was that made me feel so bloated and somewhat full. My trainer, Hadley Allen, specializes in the baby boomer generation and works with triathletes, and people like me who are looking to learn about fitness, find new ways of working out to make your body change and to change up your own routine. Ms. Allen suggested I try eliminating glutin from my diet. This wasn’t such an easy task, and I was told to do it for two weeks just to see if it made me feel better.
Those with a true allergy to gluten don’t necessarily have a choice. Chicago resident Marshall Rader was a road warrior celiac constantly searching for a gluten- free nutrition bar that provided lasting energy, was highly nutritious and tasted great. It turns out that finding such a bar was impossible, prompting him to take ingredients into his own hands and create The Gluten Free Bar .
The Gluten Free Bar is very flavorful; the texture and look do not hide what the ingredients are. In fact the Gluten Free Bar has simple, nutritious ingredients and comes in three flavors: Peanut Butter, Peanut Butter Chocolate and Cranberry Almond, all under 250 calories. The Peanut Butter bar has organic dry roasted peanuts paired with organic brown rice, whereas the Peanut Butter Chocolate bar has a delectable combination of sweet and salty – organic dry roasted peanuts along with gluten-free and dairy free chocolate. The Cranberry Almond flavor combines lightly toasted almonds and cranberries. In addition to being gluten-free, the bars are all-natural with no preservatives and are vegan, dairy-free, casein-free, high protein, low glycemic and a source of Omega 3.
I asked Ms. Allen more about why she suggests going gluten free.
What are your thoughts about people going gluten-free?
I believe going gluten-free is the best thing you can do for your health, physique and mind clarity.
For how long do you suggest people go gluten-free?
If you can stay off gluten forever, that is the very best longevity choice.
What are the health benefits?
The benefits include: decreased food sensitivities, better management of diabetes, better body composition, getting sick less often, many sinus problems alleviated and lower intake of sugar, as most processed foods include gluten.
What do you think about health type bars overall?
They are candy bars with good conscious!
A study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology this month backs up what Ms. Allen suggests by reporting that Celiac disease is not as rare, as we may think, and most cases are going undiagnosed. Another not-so-surprising find is that most people who reported following a gluten-free diet did not have a Celiac disease diagnosis. According to the US National Library of Medicine, “Celiac disease is a condition that damages the lining of the small intestine and prevents it from absorbing parts of food that are important for staying healthy. The damage is due to a reaction to eating gluten, which is found in wheat, barley, rye, and possibly oats.”
This helps to explain why those on a gluten-free diet would be at a much lower risk of suffering from Celiac disease. The exact cause is not known, but this disease affects people of all ages. If you suspect you may be suffering from Celiac disease, we highly suggest visiting your physician to discuss possibly eliminating grains from your diet.
The Gluten Free Bar was introduced in 2010. You can find them at over 300 stores across the country, including Meijer, 7-Eleven, The Protein Bar, The Goddess & Grocer, Standard Market, City Provisions and numerous coffee shops and gyms throughout the Chicago area.
The nutrition bar market is a multi-million-dollar booming business, with stiff competition for gluten-free nutrition bar seekers. The differences with Marshall’s bars are that the GFB’s are handmade in small batches to ensure the best taste, texture and maximum freshness.
I’m not completely gluten-free, but I am making the effort. I have to say these bars are tasty, and give you a great snack option when you are trying to maintain a gluten-free diet.