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Gluten Free Eating

Updated on January 27, 2015

Gluten Defined

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

neurological complications.

Cooking Gluten-Free

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's a Good Way to Start Being Gluten-Free

Here are just a few items that DO contain gluten:

  1. wheat
  2. wheat starch, wheat bran, wheat germ, cracked wheat, hydrolyzed wheat protein
  3. barley
  4. rye
  5. triticale (a cross between wheat and rye)

Some items that MAY contain gluten:

  1. bouillon cubes
  2. candy
  3. cold cuts, hot dogs, salami, sausage
  4. French fries
  5. gravy
  6. seasoned tortilla chips
  7. self-basting turkey
  8. soups
  9. vegetables in sauce
  10. chips/potato chips (not fair!)

Here are some GLUTEN-FREE foods: - The FDA has specific guidelines for what is considered gluten-free.

  1. corn and cornmeal
  2. nuts
  3. potatoes
  4. legumes
  5. rice
  6. seeds
  7. tapioca
  8. Fruits and vegetables
  9. Fresh meats, fish and poultry (not breaded, batter-coated or marinated)
  10. 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!

Thanks for Visiting! - This subject is near and dear to me!

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      TanoCalvenoa 4 years ago

      I've been eating gluten free this summer, since discovering I'm intolerant. I've felt so much better physically after eliminating it from my diet.

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      RinchenChodron 5 years ago

      A timely topic, many of us are discovering that we are gluten intolerant. Well done.

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      MarcStorm LM 5 years ago

      I still need to try gluten and even soy to see if it has any effect on how i feel etc.

      Thanks for this informative lens. Best Wishes!

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      Ninche 5 years ago

      I don't have celiac disease but gluten doesn't do any good for me so I avoid it. Since I started eating like that, I feel much better!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I'm eating more and more gluten free food. It does seem to make a difference.

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      BunnyFabulous 5 years ago from Central Florida

      I don't have celiac disease, but I'm mostly gluten-free because of a wheat allergy. Thanks for the collection of GF cookbooks.

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      wheresthekarma 6 years ago

      Hey I have a lens dedicated to gluten free recipes, Ill add yours on there! I dont put the recipes, just the links to your lens, so youll get more hits :) I run a support groups and noone can eat gluten so it helps me at the same time it will hopefully increase your views. Thank you!

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      bikerministry 6 years ago

      Hey - welcome back to Squidoo. Nice lens, seems like I'm surround by people going gluten free. The lens helps explain it to me. Blessings.