The Truth About Going Gluten Free
The Gluten Free Market has seen immense year on year growth which currently sits at 31.6%. Part of this is formed by an increased number of diagnosed Coeliac sufferers in the UK, but this only accounts for a fraction of gluten free consumers out there.
If you want to feel amazing, you have to do whatever you can to reduce inflammation in your body. That means looking at the inflammatory ingredients in your diet and finding ways to exclude them as far as reasonably possible. Many out there understand this principle and have moved towards an anti-inflammatory diet with incredibly positive results.
Some examples of inflammatory foods are gluten, dairy, refined sugar, hydrogenated fats, red meat and alcohol. Whether the science is fully understood by the consumer or not, 39% of those who adopt a gluten free lifestyle do so because it makes them feel better and 27% do so as part of a healthy lifestyle.
One of the problems with the gluten free market is that the truth has been diluted to the point that it’s now completely misunderstood by many and I’d like to set a few records straight.
Most whole foods are naturally gluten free, including a number of grains such as rice, millet, buckwheat and oats. Of course, all vegetables are also gluten free, as are meats, fish and eggs. Those who adopt a gluten free lifestyle for health purposes should be leaning towards NATURAL foods to achieve this, not replacing regular biscuits with gluten free ones.
The latter - replacing a processed food with it’s gluten free counter-part - will not contribute positively to an improvement in health. The claim that a gluten free lifestyle is healthier, is really referring to selecting naturally gluten free, unprocessed foods as the cornerstone of your diet.
At 3 Squared Cafe, everything on our menu is naturally gluten free. We never use processed or packaged foods and go out of our way to source suppliers, such as Rude Health, Doves Farm & Booja Booja, who guarantee that their products are free from hidden ingredients and responsibly packaged and labelled. Everything is cooked completely fresh on site and done so in a kitchen that has no gluten, dairy, wheat products present so there is no risk of contamination. Check out our menu here.
Contrary to popular belief, 38% of customers would buy more gluten free food if they felt that they had more choice because they understand how much of a difference going free from can make. Unfortunately, the free from restaurant market isn’t as developed as I hope it will be in the future and this forms part of another reason that 3 Squared was founded in December 2018.
The amount of places in the North that are completely dedicated to being free from gluten, wheat, dairy and refined sugar could be counted on one hand. But to go one step further, we aim to be a haven for people who care about what they put in their bodies, catering for as many dietary preferences as possible with no one category being an afterthought.
The menu is created to suit you, rather than expecting the customer to make do or settle for something that they know will likely make them feel bloated or sleepy. We also recognise that customers are looking for nutritionally balanced meals, which is why we ensure there is a substantial plant or meat based protein source in every main meal. Carbohydrates can be incredible for those who are suited to them, but some people prefer to stay low carb, so we can easily cater for that as well.
All this said, we love food and we want you to love food too! This isn’t about making any particular food group your enemy, this is about doing everything you can to feel the absolute best that you can every day. In that regard, gluten is not the only culprit. There are many reasons why people don’t feel their best from poor sleep to too much stress and we want to assist in making you feel invincible with your dietary choices sitting right at the top of the list. Book your table here and see how amazing you can and should feel every single day.