Gluten-Free and Yeast-Free: Are they the Same?
You may have wondered this question in the past and forgotten about it, and stumbled across this post with curiosity and we completely understand how you might see gluten-free and yeast-free as an almost phenomenon in the food industry. The quick answer to this question is No. Gluten-free and Yeast-Free are not the same things.
When a food is said to be gluten-free, it simply means such food does not contain gluten. Products like cakes, biscuits and bread are made from wheat, which is highly notorious for containing gluten. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that they do! There are a lot of cakes, bread and other products that don’t contain gluten. Gluten is almost often very misunderstood and the easiest way to explain it is that gluten is a protein that is often in wheat, rye, barley and other mixed wheat and it is what holds their shape together. Gluten doesn’t provide any essential nutrition to your diet so it’s not necessary to ingest it but it’s not the worst thing in the world if you do either. People have become more aware of gluten as others suffer from a coeliac disease where they have an allergic reaction to gluten when ingested, hence why gluten-free foods have now become more widely available.
Bakers are known to be fond of making use of yeast for-profit reason, but this can also be dangerous to the human body. Yeast is a fungus or mould commonly used in the fermenting process. Yeast doesn’t actually contain any gluten but it is a common ingredient in bread making and beer fermentation. Yeast doesn’t have to be used in bread-making as there are plenty of recipes for bread and other wheat products that don’t require yeast. Similarly to gluten, people can have a yeast allergy or intolerance that can affect their health and overall wellbeing so it could be something to consider and look out for when curating your diet.
As you can see, a food being yeast-free is not the same as gluten-free, especially since yeast doesn’t contain gluten; only some wheat do! Both gluten and yeast can ultimately be dangerous to your health if you have an intolerance, and it may be worth trialling out a yeast-free and gluten-free diet to see how your gut and digestion responds. Food intolerances and allergies usually start at childhood but for many people, they can also start later in life, so it’s never too late to assess your diet!