At Fresh N Lean, all of our fresh, delicious meals are created to serve our diverse clients’ needs. Our meals never include gluten, as many individuals would prefer not to consume it either for health or nutrition reasons. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, and in many processed foods including conventional pastas, cereals, and other baked goods. (Note: Fresh N’ Lean pastas and breakfast items are always made gluten-free!)
Why avoid gluten? Those with celiac disease must avoid gluten or risk serious health consequences. Celiac disease is a medically diagnosed condition that requires individuals avoid gluten in order to avoid damage to the small intestine. Those with celiac disease may experience short- and long-term health consequences from eating even trace amounts of gluten. Recent studies show that gluten intolerance or sensitivity exists in many individuals, even those without the diagnosis of Celiac disease. Gluten intolerance or sensitivity is more common than once thought, and for those who experience side effects like bloating, gas, diarrhea, headaches, and intestinal discomfort after consuming gluten may benefit from reducing or eliminating gluten in the diet. Studies corroborate anecdotal evidence that point to improved digestion for those who avoid gluten, even without diagnosis.
Many healthy and delicious foods are naturally gluten-free: Legumes, quinoa, nuts and seeds, fruits and vegetables, and gluten-free grains, including buckwheat (which is actually not wheat), corn, millet, quinoa, rice, sorghum, tapioca, and teff. Foods like Barley, rye, triticale, and wheat are avoided on a gluten-free diet. At Fresh N’ Lean, we serve only gluten-free versions of favorite foods, including gluten-free brown rice pastas, rich, nutrient-dense breakfast cereals made from chia seeds and other fresh ingredients, and more. Quinoa, grain-like edible seeds high in amino acids, protein, and essential nutrients, is another naturally-gluten free food we incorporate in many of our signature dishes. In addition to being gluten-free, all Fresh N’ Lean meals are certified organic, plant-source only, expertly prepared balanced nutrition to fuel your busy lifestyle.
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