Gluten intolerance

What is gluten? How does gluten affect your body? And what are the symptoms of celiac disease, wheat allergy and non-celiac gluten sensitivity?

In the last decade we’ve started facing these questions to the point that the word gluten becomes a buzzword. It helped us understand the many symptoms of gluten intolerance and how it affects our body. It has started a big revolution leading to a change in our life style. We are starting to look at our diet differently, looking closer at the ingredients, avoiding processed foods, adding more fresh fruits, vegetables and meats to our grocery list. Looking for those recipes that are tagged as a gluten-free and looking for restaurants that offer a menu that protects our gluten-free diet.  

Click here for Tripoli restaurant menu, then click gluten-free

What is the gluten?

Gluten is a protein that is made of glutenin and gliadin molecules that form an elastic bond in presence of water.

The symptoms of wheat allergy, non-celiac gluten sensitivity and celiac disease are kind of similar and it does affect the whole body from a leaky gut to brain inflammation, (nausea and diarrhea, brain fog, mental fatigue, stomach aches, gas and bloating). That’s why you need to talk to your doctor before diagnosing yourself or beginning any treatment on your own. It is especially important to see a doctor to rule out celiac disease which can lead to severe health complications especially in children. A doctor can run tests and discuss your health history with you to help reach a diagnosis.

Luckily mother nature has given us some seeds, and grains that are naturally gluten free.  Peas, seeds, and beans all help us to make a full recipe that is gluten free.  For example, Tripoli Restaurant has several gluten free items on the menu. There are many options made from beans, vegetables and meats. Here are a few to check out:

Mjudra B’riz

Mjudra B'riz

It is only rice, lentil and onion. It is gluten-free, low in calories, rich in iron, and an excellent source of protein.

Hummus B’tahini

Hummus B'tahini
Mashed chickpeas and sesame paste with garlic & lemon.


Mashed eggplant and sesame paste with garlic & lemon (dip for bread)


Fried spiced vegetable ball, served with tahini sauce