Gluten Free Lifestyle
With 15 to 25% of consumers indicating they want gluten-free foods and over 110,000 Americans diagnosed with celiac disease, gluten-free cooking is on the rise.
Gluten-free doesn’t mean your cooking has to be flavor-free. Gourmet Garden fresh herb and spice varieties are gluten free and are the perfect way to spice up your cooking.
Gluten is everywhere, therefore it is important to always read labels and check ingredients especially with highly processed foods.
In order to maintain a gluten-free lifestyle, below are some tips and facts about gluten-free living or click here for some delicious Gluten Free Recipes.
Foods to Avoid
Superfood QuinoaQuinoa, pronounced ‘KEE – NO – WAH’, is a rich source of protein and also contains essential vitamins and minerals as well as being 100% gluten free. Quinoa is related to spinach and beets and has features of a grain, although it is actually a seed. There are two common types of Quinoa: the Traditional and the Inca Red. It is easy to incorporate Quinoa into your diet as it can be added to a range of different meals to create texture and nutritional value.
CerealsAvoid > cereals that include wheat, rye, oats, spelt, kamut, those containing malt syrup or malt flavoring.
Safe > amaranth, buckwheat, flax, millet, rice, quinoa, sorghum, soy and teff.
Thickeners (substitute for wheat flour)
There is debate as to whether oats contain gluten or not, as sometimes commercial oats are grown in close proximity to wheat and therefore may become contaminated.
Safe > gluten free oats.
Gluten cannot survive the process of distillation, which means most spirits are safe! SAFE spirits include: Gin, Vodka, Whiskey etc
The sulfite in wine can sometimes cause people to have a reaction, which is often thought to be gluten related, however; most wine in general is safe.
Avoid > beer, ale & lager
Avoid > soy sauce.
Check Labels of > ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise and dried mustard powders (some contain wheat flour).
Safe > Tamari and Coconut Derivative Soy Sauce which are both soy sauce substitutes.