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Getting to Know Gluten

-Baylea O’Brien

Gluten-free items seem to be a trend nowadays. From gluten-free products to entire gluten-free restaurants, gluten-free appears to be foods’ newest and hottest label.

But, does the general population even know what “gluten” is?

I’ll admit I had no idea until my nutritionist recommended I stay away from gluten products to help ease my persistent stomach pains.

I nodded my head, thanked her for her time and assured her my new gluten-free diet would be nothing less than successful. “This will be easy,” I thought to myself.

Then I went to lunch.

So, what is gluten?

Gluten is present in cereal grains, like wheat, and gives dough its elasticity.  People with gluten sensitivities must be wary of ingredients such as barley, rye, wheat and triticale (a fancy blend of wheat and rye). Unless labeled otherwise, people with a gluten-intolerance cannot consume beer, pasta, cookies, cakes, bread or French Fries.

And looks can be deceiving. For example, protein like chicken is allowed, but fried chicken or chicken cover in any sort of batter isn’t.  Also, soy sauces, whose name includes the word “soy” (a consumable ingredient for gluten-intolerant people) is misleading because the soy sauce actually contains wheat as a primary ingredient.

So late-night trips to Dough Co. are no more and consider your days drooling over croissants, bagels and most pastries a thing of the past. This dietary restriction leads to a lot of pre-planning and meditation of daily meals.

More than just a trend

Aside from learning what a person can and can not eat, delving through gluten-free diet’s other aliases such as “wheat allergy”, “gluten intolerance, sensitivity” and “Celiac Disease” are a stomachache in itself.  And these terms often add more confusion for people just trying to comprehend what gluten is.

Let me try and put these in Laymen’s terms. Celiac Disease is a disease in the small intestine triggered by the intake of gluten; the term can be used interchangeably with the term gluten intolerance and sensitivity, but it generally does not lead to as much intestinal damage as with Celiac Disease.

How much intestinal damage occurs, the severity and pain varies from person to person. Some people can’t be exposed to even miniscule amounts of gluten, where others can eat gluten and only feel a slight amount of discomfort.

Another confusing term often associated with gluten is wheat allergy.  Generally, a person with a wheat allergy will experience an allergic reaction after eating a wheat product. Yet a person with a wheat allergy is not necessarily gluten intolerant and someone who is gluten intolerant does not necessarily have a allergy to wheat.

Despite the confusing jargon, gluten-free diets are more than just the latest food trend; it is a lifestyle change many are undertaking to improve their health and wellbeing. And unlike many of Hollywood’s diets and crazes, for many people, this one is not optional.

Late Night Cravings

It’s 1:30 a.m. on a Friday and you’re starved. After making your zillionth grilled cheese on the George Foreman, you need something different. You can a) forgo eating for the evening, b) search your kitchen for scraps, or c) venture outside the confines of the University campus in search of something tasty and affordable.

Allow me to help you out. Here are the best places to go when the munchies hit, provided you’re willing to walk a few blocks to satiate that rumbling stomach.

Burrito Boy Taqueria

If you have lived in Eugene or its surrounding area for more than a month, you probably know Burrito Boy is the go-to place for some good Mexican eats. Located on East Broadway at Ferry Street, Burrito Boy has been a student staple for years. Although the restaurant raised its prices a few years ago, much to broke students’ chagrin, the eatery has still sustained its popularity. Thanks to its close proximity to campus, its still-low prices and its convenient hours of operation–24 hours a day, seven days a week–Burrito Boy is not only a restaurant but a nearby spot to meet friends and munch in the wee hours.

The menu includes all the essentials: A bean and cheese burrito for $3, with the option to add rice or sour cream for 75 cents and a regular burrito that includes meat, beans, guacamole, tomatoes, onions and cilantro for $4.75. Beyond the basics is the beloved wet burrito for $7.25. It’s the same as a regular burrito, but it’s topped with mole sauce, sour cream and melted cheese. Sides such as chips and salsa, rice and beans and a variety of hot sauces are also avaialable.

Sy’s Pizza

Opened with the intention of bringing New York-style pizza slices to hungry college students, Sy’s is one of the campus area’s essential late-night diners. The cramped space is ornamented with giant triangular mirrors and retro posters of John Lennon and Marilyn Monroe, and students eat their slices on rotating red stools. The tiny shop sits inside of an 80-year-old building on Alder Street across from Sacred Heart Medical Center and offers little room for big groups of students, but it is perfect for grabbing a slice to go.

The menu includes cheese pizza by the slice for $2.50 or Sicilian-style slices for $2.75. Toppings can be added for 80 cents. There is a myriad of topping choices such as pepperoni, Italian sausage, Canadian bacon, tomatoes, chopped black olives, onions, green peppers, jalapeno peppers, fresh or canned mushrooms, pineapple and extra cheese. Not only are the slices substantial and delicious, they are also made of 100-percent mozzarella cheese and baked in a brick oven.

Sy’s stays busy during lunch and dinner hours, but it gets much of its business later at night; it’s open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to midnight and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.

Dough Co.

It’s hard to encapsulate your first experience with a calzone from this eatery. Gooey, cheesy, mozzarella goodness with pesto and breaded chicken all cooked into a warm calzone. Mmm. Dough Co., located at the corner of 13th Avenue and Hilyard Street, is just. So. Good.

Serving 31 different kinds of calzones and offering a variety of fresh baked cookies, salads, ice cream and drinks, all for less than $6.25, is something to get hungry over.

These calzone creations include the Hawaiian zone, which has ham, pineapple, ricotta and mozzarella cheese; the chicken bomb zone, which has breaded chicken, peppers, onions, mushrooms and ricotta and mozzarella cheese; and the breakfast zone, which has two eggs and cheddar cheese with your choice of steak, bacon, ham or sausage.

And the list goes on. Dough Co. is open from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. every day, with the option to eat in, carry it out or get it delivered.