How GMOs Affect the Gluten Levels of Pasta
There are many debates going on in regards to GMOs & Gluten. When we take a look at studies, A Tale of Two Gluten Studies and the history of wheat, What Happened to Wheat, we know that there is an increasing problem with GMOs & gluten. What foods you decide to partake in is ultimately your choice; but we feel as restauranteurs & the fact that we are passionate about serving the same fresh, nutritious food to our guests as we do our family; we have a responsibility in helping you make an informed decision that could effect your health.
At Joe’s Pasta House we choose to serve Imported Pasta. What? Why, you may ask, when we serve so many foods that are local? Yes, supporting the local economy is very important… and so is offering delicious, healthier food. This is where the choice to serve imported pasta, from Italy, is the only current choice for us. Unfortunately, the United States allows GMO wheat to be produced in our country. In the article, What Happened to Wheat, you can see a study conducted by the Mayo clinic shows 60 years ago Celiac Disease was rare. Now it effects at least 1% of the population. You can find more information about Celiac Disease here: The Mayo Clinic
So, what has changed in our wheat? GMOs! That is right; studies show that GMO wheat produces a higher yield of gluten & many people are having digestive issues because it is too much for us to process. In “Which Countries Have Banned GMO Foods?” there is a very informative list of which countries have modified what is allowed as far as GMO foods & countries that have banned GMOs. Italy is one of the countries with a ban on GMOs & that is why we serve pasta imported from Italy! It is important to us to provide as much minimally processed (if processed at all), natural, free-range, non-injected, non GMO foods as possible – this also includes organic & local selections when feasible. Fresh, house-made recipes that provide good nutrition & value; this is one of our most important purposes when we are serving you & your loved ones.