Gluten Free Garage

Eek! A wheat field. Run!

Food trends come and go. One day a certain group tells you eggs are bad for you, the next day another group tells you to get crackin’. If we follow the advice of New York Times best selling Wheat Belly, by William Davis, we will avoid wheat products. And lose weight! Yet for every advocate of the wheat free diet, there are skeptics.

Certainly there are persons who suffer from the genetic autoimmune disorder celiac disease, or gluten intolerance, who must avoid wheat, specifically the gluten found in wheat and many other grains, but there are many others who are having a go at being wheat-and gluten free as well, feeling that if gluten free can improve the lives of those with the disorder, it might be worth giving it a try.

Indeed, gluten free diets are gaining popularity among athletes and couch potatoes all over the world. Novak Djokovic, arguably the greatest tennis player in the world for the last year or two claims that his health and tennis improved since going gluten free, and other athletes are following suit.

Those of us at Fiesta Farms who are omnivores like to try out new products, keep educating ourselves and maybe avoid certain foods every now and then that have been proven-or even rumoured-to be unhealthy. We recommend trying new things, whether it’s cutting down on meat and dairy, or trying a vegan or vegetarian diet and determining how this impacts our health, happiness and well- being, not to mention relating that to the health and well-being of the planet.

So it is that we are interested in the gluten free diet, and are intrigued by initiatives such as the Gluten Free Garage, Toronto’s first pop-up gluten free marketplace. Taking place on Sunday, November 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m, the Gluten Free Garage will feature over forty vendors selling a wide array of products, “from pastry to pasta to pickles,” and will offer a selection of the city’s best gluten free products. Some of the proceeds will go towards the Toronto chapter of the Canadian Celiac Association.

If you have a history of symptoms similar to those diagnosed with celiac disease, consult your physician. Or if you are just curious, and want to try a diet free of gluten to determine how this affects your overall health, checking out the Gluten Free Garage would be a good place to start.

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