Discover Why Superfood-Packed Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut and Seed Butters are What’s Hot at the Schaumburg, IL, -Chicago Area- Gluten Free and Allergen Friendly Expo

Visit Betsy’s Best® Gourmet Nut and Seed Butters at Booth #213 at the GFAF Expo in Schaumburg, IL, April 22-23, 2017.

Naples, FL (April 4, 2017) — If you haven’t tried Registered Dietitian and former Miss Indiana Betsy Opyt’s gourmet nut and seed butters, then you are in luck. You’ll have the opportunity to stop by and taste Betsy’s Best® Gourmet Cashew Butter, Almond Butter, Sunflower Seed Butter and Peanut Butter at the upcoming Chicago-area Gluten Free and Allergen Friendly (GFAF) Expo in Schaumburg, IL, April 22-23, 2017. 

The GFAF Expo is the biggest gluten free and allergen friendly event in the U.S. The Chicago-area event, held at the Schaumburg Convention Center, opens to the public at 10:00 am each morning and features product sampling, educational classes and cooking exhibitions.

Betsy’s Best Offers the Finest “Free-From” Food

The “free-from” trend has been gaining steam in recent years as more and more Americans continue to be affected by food allergies, food intolerances and chronic diseases. The market is shifting toward greater food transparency as consumers are asking companies to explain what’s in their products, the rationale behind each ingredient and how products are made.

Rethinking classic seed and nut butters, Betsy’s Best® has added unique flavors and superfoods including cinnamon, chia seeds, and cardamom, has committed to Non-GMO Project Verified certification and keeping palm oil out – a controversial ingredient that appears in a number of other nut butter brands. 

“After years working as a Registered and Licensed Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator, I know that it’s hard to find ‘free-from’ foods that tick all the boxes: health, taste, and convenience,” says Betsy Opyt, President, CEO and Founder of Betsy’s Best. “The Schaumburg GFAF Expo offers an amazing opportunity to show the Chicago area just how exciting nut and seed butters can be while still being nutritious, kid-friendly, and delicious,” she adds.

Betsy’s Best® Gourmet Almond Butter was recognized in October 2016 as the first recipient of the ChefsBest Quality in Craft Award in a blind taste test by an expert panel of Certified Master Tasters.

Betsy’s Best® Gourmet Nut and Seed Butters are available online at www.BetsysBest.com and in leading retailers including Kroger, Whole Foods Market (Florida), Bristol Farms, Ingles Markets, Vons, Ralph’s, Lowe’s, City Market, King Sooper, Fred Meyer, Harris Teeter, Wegman’s and other natural, organic and specialty food stores; and through distributors including UNFI, KeHE, Haddon House, Gourmet Merchants and others. The company has expanded from 58 stores at the beginning of 2016 to over 2,100 stores in 39 states today. For wholesale inquiries contact info@BetsysBest.com, tel888.685.8292. 

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Is Gluten Bad for You?

Is Gluten Bad for You?

Betsy answers the question: Is gluten bad for you? As a nutritionist and personal trainer, this has been the most commonly asked question as of late. Gluten, a term that until recently was only used by physicians, dietitians, and people inflicted with Celiac Disease, is now the one of the biggest trending words in the world of nutrition. Although gluten-free diets have grown immensely in popularity, many people don’t understand exactly what gluten is, where it is found, and that it isn’t necessarily a problem for all who consume it.

Gluten is actually a word that describes a grouping of proteins (known as Promalins and Glutelins) that are found in certain grains and grain products, most commonly wheat, rye, barley, spelt, and triticale (a combination of wheat and rye). This protein matrix is very important in the structure of these grains, especially for baking, as gluten gives baked goods the rise and texture we find so appealing in our favorite breads, cookies, and cakes. When a person with Celiac Disease consumes this protein complex, their digestive tracts become irritated and inflamed causing them to poorly digest carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, and minerals. This poor digestion can lead to unwanted weight loss, bone disease, diarrhea, constipation, bloating, and vitamin deficiencies. It is estimated that only 1% of our population is inflicted with Celiac Disease.

Is gluten bad for you?

Gluten intolerance is a new phrase that is responsible for the recent rise in gluten-free diets. People with gluten intolerance experience the same uncomfortable digestive problems when consuming gluten, but don’t suffer the intestinal damage and ensuing medical problems and deficiencies as those inflicted with Celiac Disease. There is no effective way to accurately test and diagnose gluten intolerance though, which has led to many people self-diagnosing and subsequently self-prescribing themselves a gluten-free diet. The truth is, we still have a lot to learn about the effects of gluten-containing processed foods, but if you do not experience digestive discomfort when eating whole grain wheat products, they can still be incorporated and enjoyed in your daily diet.

If you have Celiac Disease or are on a gluten-free diet, here is a deliciously filling Gluten-Free Almond Butter Bread recipe that will nix your craving for non-gluten-free bread.

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