The word gluten comes from the Latin word for glue. Yuck, that’s enough right there to make you want to shun the substance from your diet. This “glue” used in a lot of barley, rye and dough products can clog up your system in a hurry. Along with a ton of other nutritional benefits, beans have NO gluten. If you’re sensitive to the substance or you want to avoid its harmful effects, turn to pinto or great northern beans.

Your body can react to gluten in a variety of ways. It is known to cause weight gain, inflammation and pain in the body, along with some harmful diseases. Celiac disease, or gluten intolerance, is triggered by the consumption of gluten. When victims of the disease take in gluten from their diet, they can cause severe damage to the small intestine. This digestive condition causes abdominal pains and diarrhea. Eventually celiac disease can deprive your body’s vital organs of proper nourishment.

Even if your body isn’t particularly sensitive to gluten, there are still many reasons to rethink these kinds of foods. Cutting gluten-rich foods from your diet plan and adding healthier foods can aid in weight loss. If you suffer from severe acne, a gluten-free diet could be the answer. Some even think that minimizing your intake of gluten can lead to a better night’s sleep. And don’t we all need that?

For any meal of the day you can replace fattening wheat-based foods (that contain lots of gluten) with a delicious bean substitute. They’re great on salads and in gluten-free soups. Cutting gluten can also mean cutting carbohydrates, which make you feel full. The good news is that beans are rich in protein which is also a nutrient that keeps you full for longer. Look online for inventive and appealing recipes. Here’s a mouth-watering example:

Tomato and White Bean Salad

Say good-bye to the misconception that gluten-free meals are boring and tasteless. Beans add a delightful and healthy twist to the menu. They add texture, variety and a mouthful of flavor. Mix beans with other gluten-free foods, be willing to experiment and let your taste buds do the talking.

Cut some gluten-filled foods from your plate and grab a jar of Randall’s gluten-free beans instead. You can enjoy your diet and still feel good about taking care of your body.

Randall Great Northern Beans are an important part of a healthy diet