|Written by Taylor Wells, Four Green Steps|
|Monday, 01 October 2012 00:00|
Written by Taylor Wells, Four Green Steps
Gluten can be typically found in wheat and grain products. It is a protein composite of food which some people have a poor immune response too. These people suffer from what we call celiac disease and because of this they must live a gluten free diet. Although there are people that are allergic to gluten that do not have the disease. Someone who doesn’t have tolerance for gluten products can suffer from a number of symptoms. For example abdominal pain and cramping, arthritis, fatigue, hair loss, joint pain, vomiting and many more including other diseases.
Commonly used products that contain gluten include; bread, cake, muffins, pancakes, crusts, pasta, bran products, sausages, soups, soy sauce, salad dressings, oatmeal, instant coffee, baked beans, blue cheese hard candy, some toothpastes (taken from http://www.the-gluten-free-chef.com/foods-containing-gluten.html) . These are just some examples but the problem with living a gluten free diet is that many products contain hidden gluten for example hot chocolate. It can be tricky to find gluten on some labels as it is ‘disguised’ with other names, like glucose syrup, or wholegrain (Check out some more “disguised” gluten ingredients).
Finding gluten free replacements is anything but easy but by talking with your doctor and searching the internet you can get the help and recipes you need. For example you can find wheat and gluten free flours at your local grocery store for replacements in bread, crusts, and cakes.
We have some great gluten-free recipes on our site that you should check out if you are looking to add to your cook book. Here are some of my favourite:
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