Gluten Free Eating
Maybe you are wondering just what is this thing called gluten. Gluten is a protein substance that remains when starch is removed from cereal grains according to Websters Online Dictionary. Gluten gives elasticity to dough and helps it rise. Gluten is found in grains such as wheat, barley and rye.
Gluten can also have devastating consequences to people that have a reaction to it such as those with celiac disease. My oldest daughter was diagnosed many years ago with severe celiac disease and through trial and error I have learned much about gluten free diets.
Finding Gluten-Free Items
It is getting easier to find gluten free products in the supermarkets and variety stores.Why? Because sticking to a gluten free diet has become the latest dieting fad. Even Chelsea Clinton's wedding cake was made gluten-free since Chelsea is allergic to gluten and is a vegan. There are now breads, cookies, crackers and an assortment of gluten free items in their own gluten free aisle in many supermarkets. There is no proof that eating a gluten free diet will assure that you will lose weight, if fact, Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig and NutriSystem have their own gluten free recipes and foods.
Could You Have Celiac Disease?
Celiac disease is a genetic autoimmune disease. In the United States one in every 133 people or 2 million people have this disease. If a person with celiac disease consumes food having gluten, it can damage the small intestine and prevents the absobtion of nutrients. If this is not treated can lead to malnutrition, vitamin deficiencies, loss of calcium, osteoporosis,lactose intolerance, infertility, certain forms of cancer, and
- Glimpse at 'Gluten-Free' Food Labeling
Eating gluten doesn't bother most consumers, but some people with celiac disease have health-threatening reactions, says Stefano Luccioli, M.D., a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allergist and immunologist. They need to know whether a food contain
- Celiac disease
Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder passed down through families. Following a diet free from gluten will help prevent symptoms.
Cooking gluten-free meals takes some getting used to. Gluten tends to hide under different names and you must do your homework to locate all the
ingredients in the food you choose. There are many books on the market that show just how possible it is to follow a gluten free lifestyle. A good starting cookbook for those just beginning the gluten-free journey is "Gluten-Free Cooking For Dummies" by Danna Korn and Connie Sarros. This book will walk you through changing your diet and learning to cook gluten-free.
Here are just a few items that DO contain gluten:
- wheat starch, wheat bran, wheat germ, cracked wheat, hydrolyzed wheat protein
- triticale (a cross between wheat and rye)
Some items that MAY contain gluten:
- bouillon cubes
- cold cuts, hot dogs, salami, sausage
- French fries
- seasoned tortilla chips
- self-basting turkey
- vegetables in sauce
- chips/potato chips (not fair!)
Here are some GLUTEN-FREE foods: - The FDA has specific guidelines for what is considered gluten-free.
- corn and cornmeal
- Fruits and vegetables
- Fresh meats, fish and poultry (not breaded, batter-coated or marinated)
- All the new cookies,breads etc. that are now on the market labeled Gluten-Free!
Find Gluten Free Items Online
Online auctions are full of good items!