Health Matters: Bringing Gluten Free Meals to Local Hospitals

Published 04/04 2014 12:00AM

Updated 04/04 2014 12:03AM

LITTLE ROCK, AR -- The owner of a Little Rock gluten free bakery wants to bring her nutritious foods to hospitals in Little Rock.

Paula Dempsey's been serving gluten free goodness in the city for the past three years.

Her chefs make meals that are also soy, nut and dairy free.

Dempsey says the food tastes great, and it's great for patients trying to heal.

She said, "People that really, really seriously have a food sensitivity have to be very careful. And, when you're already sick, you don't want something to make you sicker."

Dempsey says UAMS is the first hospital to carry her meals.

She also said, "We hope to add Baptist Health very soon."

While Dempsey's looking to change food choices at hospitals, her bakery is still her heart.

She likes talking to customers about gluten free benefits and sharing her personal story.

She dealt with hip pain for three decades before changing her diet.

Now, Dempsey says, "I mean I can run circles around the young people in the bakery because I have no pain, virtually."

Dempsey recommends you do your own research because gluten-free may not be for everyone.

But if you find out it's a good diet for you, Dempsey invites you as a customer to her downtown Little Rock bakery.

Dempsey says, she would also eventually like to serve her gluten-free meals in hospitals across the country.

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