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You’d have to have been sailing down the Amazon for the last few years to have missed the gluten-free craze. While many people are legitimate Coeliac sufferers (it is estimated 1 in 100 Australians suffer), others have just dropped gluten and wheat-derived products from their diets and benefited from the results.

Gluten intolerance is no day at the races, it results in an irritation of the small intestine, malabsorption of nutrients and poor digestion. Further studies are underway to confirm its relationship to depression, anxiety, migraines, chronic fatigue, eczema and other neurological and autoimmune disorders.

This whole movement has driven the sale of gluten-free products up – that’s why there’s now a gluten-free aisle at your local supermarket and most restaurants are offering a gluten-free option on their menu.

But is gluten-free always healthy? No. Not if you’re cutting out gluten and then eating whatever else you want, essentially driving up calories and carbohydrates. Um, no. And not if you’re substituting fruit & veg by filling the pantry with gluten-free products that are loaded with several forms of sugar such as HFCS (do not eat ‘food’ containing high fructose corn syrup – seriously!) and agave which thanks to clever marketing has become a popular sweetener. I avoid agave and recommend you do too considering it is up to 90% fructose due to the processing it undergoes to reach it’s syrup form.

It’s a no brainer that the best form of gluten-free food you can snack on is the plant variety. But sometimes a few celery sticks and an apple just doesn’t cut it. I get it. That’s where Kez’s Kitchen products come in. As long as you’re balancing your daily diet with lots of greens, and meat and dairy (if that’s your thing) then go for Kez’s Kitchen gluten-free snacks to curb afternoon cravings. Tasty treats containing flaxseed, chia, sunflower seeds… (though some of their snacks are a little more naughty so choose wisely), minus the gluten.

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