November is Gluten-Free Diet Awareness Month — Seeking to Raise Awareness About Gluten-Related Conditions

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Healthy YOU Vending Supports Individuals with Gluten Restrictions

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It is estimated that celiac disease affects over three million people in the United States, with a growing number of individuals who have sensitivities to the problem-causing protein called gluten. Due to current diet trends, there are growing misunderstandings between gluten-related conditions and their differences.

Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. It is used in breads, cereals, baked goods and pastas, and also in a wide variety of products as an emulsifier or bonding agent. Gluten creates a more desirable texture in many types of food, snacks, candies, sauces and even alcoholic beverages. It can also be found in other surprising consumables, such as prescriptions and over-the-counter medications.

Celiac disease is classified as an auto-immune disease that flares up when the presence of gluten tricks the body into attacking its own intestines. Scientists and medical professionals have yet to understand why. If this condition is not addressed in a timely manner, damage to the lining of the intestines can cause many health challenges. Being diagnosed with celiac disease can be difficult because it is not curable, only manageable. Living a gluten-free lifestyle is crucial. If the diet is not strictly adhered to, a person may experience long-term effects that cannot be reversed.

Someone who does not have celiac disease but experiences upsetting symptoms after ingesting gluten may have gluten sensitivity. Without a clinical diagnosis of celiac disease, it is unknown if any long-term damage might occur. These individuals may find that following a diet free from gluten will provide relief from the associated discomforts.

For those who do not have celiac disease or do not experience symptoms from foods containing gluten, avoiding it is not necessary. Whole grains are an important part of a balanced diet and it is recommended they be included in a diet not requiring gluten restrictions.

Healthy YOU Vending is committed to the support of those who need to live a gluten-free lifestyle by providing its vending operators access to a wide variety of products that meet these guidelines.

For more information about Healthy YOU Vending, its entrepreneurial philosophy and the Healthy YOU Difference, go to http://www.healthyyouvending.com/.

Healthy YOU Vending is the world leader in the healthy vending industry. With their corporate offices located in Kaysville, Utah, the Healthy YOU team is dedicated to making healthier snacks, drinks and food products more accessible to people across North America. Their vending equipment is privately manufactured in the United States at a state-of-the-art facility. Owner/Operator opportunities for serious-minded and health conscious entrepreneurs are currently available in most states.

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