What is gluten?

Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. Gluten helps foods maintain their shape, acting as a glue that holds food together. It can also be found in a lot of sauces, condiments and salad dressings as it is used for a thickener.

Why does everyone eat gluten free now?

People eat gluten free on a spectrum. Some have to remove gluten for a medical condition called Celiac. It is a very serious autoimmune disease aggravated by gluten, even just the tiniest drop. Others are gluten intolerant or sensitive and feel a wide array of symptoms such as an upset stomach, headache, gastrointestinal, fibromyalgia, and many other effects.

Others simply prefer to be gluten free or gluten light because they feel better and prefer a wider variety of grains and whole foods in their diets.

Is gluten free healthier for me?

It all depends on the person. For those suffering from Celiac or gluten intolerance, following a gluten free diet is much healthier because their body is not working against itself to try and digest gluten. For others, they have found that not eating gluten simply makes them feel better overall and lends itself to healthier lifestyle.

Will I lose weight if I eat gluten free?

It varies from person to person. Simply replacing gluten foods with gluten free foods will not result in weight loss. This is a MYTH! In fact, many gluten free foods actually have more calories and carbohydrates to make them taste better. That is why it is important to purchase gluten free foods where the first ingredients are not sugar or starches… like Bona Dea :) Whole foods, good foods, an active lifestyle, and a positive mindset is the key to weight loss.

Why is Non-GMO important?

Most commercial GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) are engineered to withstand direct application of pesticides because the DNA itself has been injected with it. GROSS! No one likes eating chemicals. Most developed nations do not consider GMOs to be safe. In more than 60 countries around the world, including Australia, Japan, and all of the countries in the European Union, there are significant restrictions or outright bans on the production and sale of GMOs.

Does Bona Dea mean “Good Idea” ?

It’s a good guess! We like to think Bona Dea is a GREAT idea. Our name translates in Latin to “good goddess”. In Roman mythology, Bona Dea, the good goddess, served as the deity of fruitfulness, of the earth, and of women. As a woman-owned company, it’s our mission to live up to our name – bringing goodness to gluten free baking mixes, and infusing love and natural grains into each inspired batch.

Bona Dea’s story is fascinating. Check out her history on Wikipedia.