Gluten (is a protein composite found in foods processed from wheat and related grain species, including barley, rye, and spelt. Gluten gives elasticity to dough, helping it rise and keep its shape and often giving the final product a chewy texture.

 Here are 6 shocking reasons to avoid gluten, according to Authority Nutrition (2013).

1. Celiac Disease is on The Rise and Most People Remain Undiagnosed

2. Gluten Sensitivity is Much More Common and Can Also Have Serious Consequences

3. Gluten May Cause Adverse Effects, Even in People Who Don’t Have Gluten Sensitivity

4. Many Brain Disorders Are Associated With Gluten and Patients See Dramatic Improvements on a Gluten-Free Diet

5. Wheat Gluten May be Addictive

6. Gluten is Associated With Autoimmune Diseases

 Duquessa shares a recipe for an easy Bolognaise that’s Gluten free!


2 tablespoons olive oil
350g pack minced meat (can be turkey, lamb, pork or beef)
1 onion, peeled and diced
1 large carrot, peeled and diced
200g mushrooms, sliced
1 x 400g can chopped tomatoes
1 teaspoon dried mixed herbs
250ml gluten free vegetable stock
Salt and pepper, to season
400g gluten free spaghetti
Parmesan cheese, grated

Heat the oil in a large frying pan, and brown the mince, breaking it up. Once browned through, remove from pan.
Place the onion and carrot in the pan and cook over heat, stirring frequently, for about 10 minutes, until the onion is soft. Add the mushrooms and stir fry for a few minutes more.
Tip the tomatoes into the pan with the herbs and stock, then stir well to make a sauce.
Stir the mince into the sauce, season with salt and pepper, then cover and simmer for 12 minutes, until the vegetables are cooked and the mixture is saucy rather than wet.
Meanwhile, bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil. Add the spaghetti and boil according to pack instructions until just tender.
Drain the spaghetti and pile into four bowls. Spoon the sauce on top, than generously top with the parmesan cheese. Serve with a salad.

If you are looking for any more Gluten free ideas, email Duquessa Skin Sanctuary

Duquessa is a cosmetic clinic based in Melbourne servicing regional areas throughout Victoria and NSW. For an appointment please call 03 9388 9500 or email bookings@duquessa.com.au