Gluten–free Tips and Warning
For a person with gluten intolerance or
gluten allergy or celiac disease, it is imperative to live a
completely gluten-free life. It requires staying away from traditional
foods such as breads, pastas, baked goods, sauces, cereals and
gravies. You need to replace them with things such as rice, potato,
corn, risotto, millet, quinoa, buckwheat and amaranth. You can also
consume lentils, beans and chickpeas. There are many other replacement
flours to the gluten-containing flours and these are becoming popular
lately. They include sorghum flour, chickpea or Bengal gram flour, soy
flour and bean and pea flours. People who contemplate on gluten-free
diet might as well include arrowroot flour, corn flour and tapioca
starch extract as combination flours to the base flour to make
palatable recipes. These act as thickeners and leavening agents in
those recipes that are made of flours wanting gluten. Just those
combos and you are off to a tasty gluten-free life.
Gluten-free Diet Tips
Although you might be intimidated by the
idea of living life without eating those traditional foods, there are
several delicious gluten-free foods available in nature. You can have
foods made with rice, corn, and tapioca flours. You can opt for
gluten-free goodies such as sauces, cereals, beer, candy and pasta.
Here are a few tips that will help you to make sure that the food you
are eating is gluten-free indeed.
Are you reading labels on the food packs
before buying them? If not, make sure that the food product label
clearly says “gluten-free.” If you are not sure of gluten presence in
any food, it is always safe to avoid that food.
Search for the gluten in your pantry
There are certain food items that carry gluten in the latent form; for
instance some of the sauces, some of the malt flavoring agents, malt
per se, etc. Stay off these things.
Avoid processed foods as they contain
additives having gluten
While going out to dine, take care of what you eat. Search for those
gluten-free restaurants. These days there are pretty many restaurants
that are friendly to the gluten sensitive people. If you should be
unsure, speak to the restaurant manager in advance, they might
accommodate according to your preferences.
You can order online also for gluten-free
sauces, cookies, pasta pizzas and snacks.
Warnings When You Follow Gluten-Free Diet
If you have recently switched to gluten-free
diet, it is important for you to know some important things in this
regard. It sometimes seems challenging to cook a gluten-free diet,
which is an essential treatment for a celiac person. However, if you
follow some tips and take care of a few warnings while purchasing
gluten-free foods and cooking gluten-free recipes, it will not be as
difficult an every day task as you must have imagined it to be.
Watch your portion. Even though gluten-free
food is safe and healthy for you, it is still not calorie free. It
also contains carbohydrates and fats like its gluten counterparts.
Beware of certain foods such as emulsifier,
natural flavor, dextrin, mono and di-glycerides, caramel color, etc.,
as they can carry gluten.
Also, if you are experiencing any
gastrointestinal distress after eating any gluten-free product,
consult your doctor.
For a celiac, it is always unsafe to consume
even a pinch of gluten seasoning. So, completely eliminate gluten for
their diet. Use only freshest ingredients to prepare gluten-free
meals. Just segregate all the things used for preparing gluten and
gluten-free foods such as countertops, cutting boards, forks, knives
and spoons to avoid contamination with gluten.
Although initially, it may take efforts to
start gluten-free eating, soon it will become part of your lifestyle,
way of life. Happy gluten-free living.