As is always the case, there’s been a lot going on here at Atlantic Seafood Market. Just one of our latest developments will be great news to people with gluten allergies, lactose intolerance, or anyone who is just looking to make their diet a little healthier. We are now offering a full line of gluten free foods and Paleo foods, which run the gamut from baked goods to seafood.
First off, you may be asking yourself, “What is gluten?” To answer that question, gluten is a protein that is found in many grains. It is most notably present in wheat flour, but can also be found in barley and rye. Gluten is what gives traditional bread dough its stretchy quality and it is also the reason why most breads have a chewy texture. While the merits of elasticity and chewiness are in the eye (or mouth) of the beholder, they have little to do with the troubles gluten can bring.
The main problem with gluten is a pretty significant one – the human body was simply not designed to digest it. While approximately 6% of the world’s population has a gluten allergy, consuming too much of it will have adverse effects on the lining of the small intestine for anybody. It can also lead to food allergies, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), depression, headaches, joint pain, and potentially even Alzheimer’s Disease. When consumed by people with a gluten allergy, Celicac Disease can result.
Nearly 1% of all humans suffer from Celicac Disease. This is caused by an allergic reaction that takes place when someone with a gluten allergy consumes gluten-rich foods. This can be a very unpleasant condition to deal with, as it involves digestive difficulties, erosion of the lining of the small intestine, depression, fatigue, and anemia. Obviously, this is something anyone would want to avoid, and consuming gluten-free foods will help to achieve this end.
The trouble with many gluten-free foods is that they do not contain any health-promoting proteins or substances to replace the gluten protein. Therefore, if you cut gluten out of your diet entirely and don’t replace it with the right things, you can expect to gain weight and have a rapid increase in your blood sugar levels. At Atlantic Seafood Market, we are aware of this fact and feature gluten-free foods which use almond flour as a substitute. Almond flour is highly nutritious and prevents the difficulties mentioned above that are frequently encountered when eating gluten-free foods.
We have a wide variety of gluten-free foods that use almond flour and other nutritious ingredients. Don’t worry though – we’re providing healthy foods, but haven’t forgotten to maintain the great taste. In addition to our gluten-free foods, we also are now carrying Paleo foods as well. These are foods that are not only gluten-free, but also are free of dairy and grains. If you’re lactose intolerant, allergic to gluten, or are suffering from Celiac Disease, these are foods that are right up your alley.
Our Paleo foods include our new muffins and waffles. Our muffins are not only gluten free, but sugar and grain free as well. They come in many flavors, and are made with a base of almond flour, zucchini, carrots, raisins, bananas & agave nectar. Our waffles also fall into this category and come in traditional flavor as well as chocolate.
Some of our other gluten-free foods include bread crumbs, lobster basil bread, soups (gluten-free New England Clam Chowder & Sweet Potato Chipotle Soup), three-bean vegetarian chili, crackers, and biscotti. We also carry full gluten-free meals such as Poached Salmon, Swordfish Meatballs, and Salmon with Crab and leeks.
If you’re looking for a way to improve your diet without sacrificing great taste, we highly recommend that you stop by sometime and try out some of the best gluten-free foods in CT.