Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Food Sensitivity?
A Food Sensitivity also referred to as a Food Intolerance is a reaction by an offending food(s). Symptoms can be similar to a Food Allergy but are generally much less severe, and can cause a reaction anywhere from minutes to several days from consumption. In many cases a small amount of the food, for Sensitive individuals may not cause a visible reaction or just a very mild one, while a Food Allergy could cause Anaphylaxis. For more information on Food Allergy vs. Food Sensitivity visit MayoClinic.org
What is Celiac Disease?
Celiac Disease is an autoimmune response (your body attacks its own cells) to Gluten, that is found in Wheat, Barley and Rye. It can develop at any age. Celiac Disease damages your small intestines and can also cause various health problems. Symptoms range from mild to very severe. Many people with Celiac Disease have to be exceptionally careful with Gluten including with cross contamination and especially how it is handled, i.e. separately washed and prepared food. For more information on Celiac Disease visit Celiac.org
What is Gluten and what are some items that it can be hidden in or under?
Gluten is a protein found in Wheat, Barley and Rye. Gluten can be found just about anywhere due to cross-contamination in processing plants and I have even heard it can occur in the fields of the crops themselves. Below are some of the most common Examples of Wheat Food Products, but not limited to the following;
- Durum flour
- Graham flour
- Malt & Malt Vinegar
- And More…
What is the difference between Casein and Lactose ?
What are GMO’s and are they safe?
Genetically Modified Organisms /GMO’s are plants and animals that have been genetically altered incorporating DNA from unrelated viruses, bacteria, chemicals, plants, insects and animals for the purpose of yielding higher crops. For more info visit NonGMOProject.Org includes a list of High Risk Crops and dangers visit http://www.nongmoproject.org/learn-more/ & ResponsibleTechnology.Org
What is the difference between refined and unrefined oil?
Unrefined also called Virgin Oils, go through less of a process than Refined Oils and thereby retain much of the original properties including a richer flavor and nutrients. These oils have a lower heat tolerance (AKA lower smoke point )and should be used for low, up to medium heat baking and cooking, depending on the type of oil you choose. Virgin Oils are best for salads and other raw or lightly cooked dishes. Refined Oils, go through a much more laborious refining process and have little to none of the original properties resulting in less flavor and nutrients but higher smoke point. This usually makes the oil quite versatile especially when used for frying and other higher temperature uses. These should not be used for salads and similar uncooked or lightly cooked dishes. More Coming soon…