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Understanding Gluten Free Flour Terminology

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People who live gluten free must understand the terms whole grain, whole wheat, and multigrain as well as phrases like "made with whole grain flour". "Whole grain flour" means what it sounds like. The three parts of the grain (germ, endosperm, and bran) are are in the same proportion that they occur in nature. Flour can […]...

Is Testing for Celiac Important?

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Yes !!! Yes!!! Yes !!!. There are at least six reasons for my emphatic answer to that question:  ~~~ 1. You may need the test results later, and it is very difficult to test a person who is currently non eating gluten. Some experts consider it impossible or at least not worth the effort! ~~~ 2. It's […]

Gluten Free Food Shopping On-line is Easy and Inexpensive

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Shopping for gluten free food on-line in easy, inexpensive, makes thousands of safe products available, can be done anywhere in the country, and welcomes anyone with the computer skills needed to use this website.  <1> Every item in every store recommended here is gluten free. You literally can't make a mistake. <2> You have all [&#...

Portion Size vs. Serving Size

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One key to healthy eating is to fully understand the difference between  serving size  and portion size. ‘Portion size‘ is determined by dietitians and other other experts. Almost everything we read about food is based on the assumption that people are eating no more than one portion at a time. ‘Serving size' is simply the […...

Is Beer from Barley Safe for Us?

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Omission Beer, and similar products, must be labeled "Product fermented from grains containing gluten and crafted to remove gluten. The content of this product cannot be verified, and this product may contain gluten." The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau is not committing itself. It is merely saying "we don't know. Use your own judgment." [...

The New Gluten Free Food Labels

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has decided that food containing less that 20 parts-per-million gluten may be labelled gluten free. This is a legal definition not a medical determination, of course, but the experts seem to agree that 20 parts-per-million is appropriate. We might call it "gluten free enough": 20 ppm is equal to […]...

Fiber in the Gluten Free Diet

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The average American, both wheat-eaters and people who live gluten free, doesn't have enough fiber in their diet. This issue is especially important to people who live gluten free because the five grains with the most fiber are unacceptable for people on the gluten free diet.  FYI, those grains are bulgar wheat, barley, rye, triticale, […]...

Are Oats Safe for People Who Live Gluten Free ?

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Oats are generally considered gluten free. However, there are a few things that need to be considered: 1. At one time, oats were excluded from the gluten free diet. This was true  when I diagnosed  in 1999. Some celiacs have not accepted this change. 2. Celiacs, like everyone else, have food reactions that are unrelated to celiac […]

Gluten Free Sourdough Bread, Pancakes, and Waffles

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People who live gluten free are able to enjoy gluten free bread, toast, pancakes, and waffles. Products are available on-line and in at least one bakery chain, and there are recipes for cooking at home. Here are two sets of recipes and instructions for preparing both the ‘starter' and the bread itself. Click here for the second […]...

More Thoughts on the Gluten Free Craze

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Is the ‘gluten free diet' a highly effective treatment for a serious disease or is it simply the newest fad diet and a way for food industry gurus to make a fortune?  YES! This term means different things to different people. The computer search engines can't tell the difference. The difference might not be obvious […]

Thinking About the Gluten Free Craze

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In 2008, I wrote a series of articles suggesting that it was probably OK to start a gluten free diet without the "blood test and biopsy process" that led to a diagnosis of celiac disease. Was it worth the trouble, expense,  and effort? Few people had heard the term celiac disease. Gluten free food was terribly […]

Independence Day Gluten Free

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Add sparkle to your Fourth of July barbecue. There are unique choices and Hopefully, the meal is unique and colorful enough that one menu will satisfy everyone. This article features recipes for gluten free potato salad, gluten free pasta salad, and a gluten free parfait. The food involved is all three cases is red, white, […]

Visiting a Gluten Free Restaurant

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Finding the ideal restaurant is never an easy task, especially for celiacs and others who live gluten free. Like everyone else, we are looking for a great meal and a wonderful experience, but  we are searching for a great meal prepared very specific way. My last article dealt with the judging a restaurant chain — now we must […]

Using a Gluten Free Menu

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People who love gluten free use menus for two purposes — deciding what items to order and — perhaps more importantly — what to AVOID  ordering.For example, people who live gluten free know that our deep-fried food must be prepared in dedicated fryers, utensils that are not used for wheat-based items. If these dedicated fryers are ...

Gluten Free Food Recalls

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Glutino Foods has recalled their "Rosemary and Olive Oil Snack Crackers" with a use by date of October 26, 2014 because they tested positive for Salmonella. I have added a "widget" to our sidebar provided by the Food and Drug Administration. It gives constantly-updated information about food recalls. I was surprised to notice how often […]...

Gluten Free Recipes

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Gluten free recipes are available on the internet and in bookstores. You're only concern will be too many choices. All-Recipes.com is a huge collection of recipes that can be electronically-sorted to meet any need. Click on the title to study their collection of gluten free recipes.Food Network and Yummly work the same way. Pinterest has a unique a...

Going Gluten Free … Facts and Fantasies

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"If you are following the fad [by going gluten free]… you are a marketers dream come true…". The gluten free food industry grew by  44% between 2011 and 2013 and is certainly  profitable, but that is not proof that the people who have gone gluten free during that time were duped. Perhaps there are benefits […]

Gluten Free and Beyond

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If a celiac's only problem was avoiding gluten, our lives would be relatively simple. Like everyone else, we must consider calories, fiber, GMO's, sodium,  sugar, as well as whole-grains. I've posted information about all these subjects as they apply to people who live gluten free.  Click here to read about the topic(s) that concern you: […]...

Gluten Free and Low in Calories

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Gluten free cooks face the same issues as their wheat-using brothers and sisters. Every cook who respects his "clients' waist-lines faces the same three issues: ~~~> Definition. Foods with 40 calories per serving or less are defined as low in calories. ~~~> Portion Control. The statement above assumes that you are consuming only one portion...

Free of Gluten & High in Fiber

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People who live gluten free face a unique challenges getting an appropriate amount of dietary fiber — the six grains rated highest in fiber are all gluten toxic! (FYI, those grains are bulgar, barfley, rye, triticale, wheat, and spelt.) This is the first of a series of articles based on the phrase "gluten free cookies […]

Restaurant Menus Reviewed on this Website

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These 25 restaurants display gluten free menus on their website. Enter the restaurant name in the search engine at the bottom of the page to see what I have written about them. Keep in mind that the mere existence of a gluten menu does not guarantee that a restaurant is actually ‘safe' but it is […]

Celebrating Gluten Free

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Holiday festivities usually revolve around food and therefore are a bit complicated when people who live gluten free celebrate with wheat eaters. Here is a list of 22 festive occasions where special care may be required. Insert the appropriate word in the search engine below to see what I have written on the subject: anniversaries […]

Gluten Free Supermarket Shopping

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Here's your list of supermarkets that support America's gluten free community by providing lists of ‘safe' foods available in their stores. Some of the store names listed below are not links because some companies sell their food in more than one store chair. For example, if you see the entry ‘Fred Meyer (see Kroger)' you must click [&#...

Your Site Index

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This index opens a door to the information on this site. The titles are in bold print and capitalize refer to the subjects covered here. The sentences in blue link you to specific articles. ?A?  UNDERSTANDING OUR DIET AND  LIFESTYLE ==> Gluten Free Events and Expositions ?B?  SHOPPING IN CONVENTIONAL SUPERMARKETS AND ON-LINE ==> Gluten Free...

Facts for Celiacs: Information for the Gluten Intolerant

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People choose to restrict their gluten intake for many reasons. My goal is to provide  accessible and accurate information guide to help them implement their decisions. I have neither the academic credentials nor the desire  to tell people what they should or should not eat, but I have fourteen years experience living with celiac disease. […]

Reading Labels from Food Packages

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Every food item manufactured in the United States is required to have a list of ingredients on its wrapper or package. People who live gluten free are cautioned to "read every ingredient label every time" in case the manufacturers have changed the ingredients, which they have every right to do. That's excellent advice, IF the […]...

Gluten Free Events and Expositions

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Include these gluten free events and expositions in your travel plans for summer or fall. Experience excellent gluten free dining, learn more about your lifestyle, and enjoy the company of others who are doing the same. This list displays the event's  dates. The city name is also a link to the website that will provide

Gluten Free Spring

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A gluten free spring has arrived. This is the season for preparing special food, registering our children for camps that provide  gluten free menus, as well as eating safely on vacations and road trips. 2014 is a strange year weather-wise, but some facts about spring never change. Get enthused about spring cooking by viewing these

Gluten Free Grits

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"Are grits gluten free?" is the most-asked question on this website. The answer is a resounding "yes" and what may be even more encouraging is that grits can be made from at least six of the eleven gluten free grains. FYI, the terms grits, polenta, and cornmeal mean more-or-less the same thing. Click here to

Summer Camps for Kids Who Live Gluten Free

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Summer camps are a wonderful experience for children who live gluten free. This is the time of year for families to think about it and make plans. Start with this article about children and their opportunities for a gluten free summer experience. When you are ready to make a reservation, check out the sites sponsored

Dietary Fiber and the Gluten Free Diet

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The typical American eats less than 60% of the necessary dietary fiber. This number is  lower for Americans who live gluten free since we can not tolerate the grains that are richest in fiber (barley, rye, and the four types of wheat). "… both adults and kids need about 14 grams of fiber for every

April Fools Food for Thought

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April Fools Day can be fun for people who live gluten free as well as for wheat eaters. (Check out my recent article.) But some food-related deceptions are dangerous and expensive — I'm speaking here about the trickery designed to get us to buy certain products. For example: There are no federal guidelines governing the

Gluten Free Living in Plain English

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These videos increased my understanding of gluten free living but would also help people who are ‘thinking about' going gluten free.. To view them, click here and then click the button (in the right sidebar) that says "view these videos". The first video is titled ‘What Gluten Free Really Means' and reminds us that gluten...

Gluten Free Meals from Wheat-Contaminated Kitchens

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Can a wheat-eater prepare a gluten free meal? Sure! There are thousands of books that explain exactly what food items are needed and what to do with them. But what about cross contamination? What needs to be done? Is it realistic to expect a wheat-eater to learn new skills and totally rearrange his/her kitchen in

Enjoy a Gluten Free Splurge

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Celiacs, like all dieters, need to splurge occasionally. But people who live gluten free are unlikely to really enjoy a splurge that will (or even might) result in being ‘glutened'. Here are some suggestions involving the words  color, class, and candy. COLOR. Colors influence our moods and our senses. Check out this Pinterest  collection of...

April Fools Day Gluten Free

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Celiacs and others who live gluten free can join the fun on April Fools Day by preparing and serving these recipes: ~~~> cheeseburger cake ~~~> crab cakes (an ice cream dessert) ~~~> lasagna look-alike ~~~> meat loaf cake ~~~> pizza cake Keep in mind the articles I am recommending include some recipes that are not

Gluten Free Spring and Summer Recipes

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This long winter about to end! I'm looking forward to spring/summer cooking and eating. Here are some recipes and pictures to whet your appetite and give you something to forward to. ~~~> a display on Pinterest from ‘The Gluten Free Goddess". ~~~> more pictures and recipes from the same wonderful source. ~~~>ideas provided by Udi'...

Truth in Gluten Free Advertising

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The FDA has officially defined ‘gluten free' as it applies to food packaging, but what has happened with regard to newspaper, magazine, or television advertising? Truth in advertising is monitored by the Federal Trade Commission  (FTC). Short answer: the same rules apply. Click here to read information obtained by the Gluten Intolerance Group...

Gluten Free Food Lists

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Lists are wonderful tools for learning which foods are gluten free, how  to find them when your shopping, and how to make certain that they are safe for people who live gluten free. There are three kinds of lists: ~~~> General Lists. These are your introduction to the gluten free world. What types of food

Facts for Celiacs

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There are several tools for finding information on  computer. ~~~> Search Engines are awesome monuments to technology. Perhaps they are too good. For example, when you type in the term ‘gluten free' you get 120 million responses. Obviously, human judgment  must be involved in deciding which items are of value in a specific situation. ~~~&...

GMOs and Gluten Free Living

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"… most "gluten-free" foods sold in the USA contain genetically modified organisms (GMO's). Why is this so? Because the primary ingredient in most gluten-free foods is corn. And most corn-based foods are made with genetically modified corn. Around 85% of the conventional corn grown in the USA is genetically modified corn ….. Why is this...

Christine Nesbitt … a Gluten Free Olympian

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Olympic gold-medalist Christine Nesbitt set the world's speed-skating 1000 meter record at the Vancouver Olympics. Her goal was to do the same thing at Sochi.  But life intervened.  As she said, "… it's not normal to be bloated every single day of your life, I'd look 10 pounds heavier at the end of every day. My stomach's...

Kroger — a Gluten Free Goldmine

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The Kroger Corporation operates 2424 ‘supermarkets and multi-department stores' in 31 states. Their stores have a wide variety of gluten free food and their website has all the information you to need to thrive gluten free. The only drawback that that there ‘chains of stores' operate under at least sixteen names. You  may have a Kroger...

Gluten Free Shopping at Albertson’s Supermarkets

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LOCATIONS. Enter a ZIP code to find a convenient location. GLUTEN FREE FOOD. This page gives detailed guidance for gluten free food. There are no specific brand names or titles listed. GLUTEN FREE RECIPES. USEFUL INFORMATION view the weekly circular on-line  

Gluten Free Shopping at Safeway and Von’s Supermarkets

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Safeway stores are available almost anywhere in the country. Some stores are titled Von's Supermarkets. LOCATIONS: Click to find stores all over the nation. As in most cases, you will find a link to the supermarket's weekly advertising that will alert you to bargains. GLUTEN FREE FOOD: Safeway uses  a system they call SimpleNutrition tags....

Gluten Free Shopping at Whole Foods Markets

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Whole Foods Markets serves the gluten free community in all states except Alaska, Delaware, New Hampshire, North and South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming. LOCATIONS: Find Whole Foods Markets all over the country. GLUTEN FREE FOOD: All stores do not use the same gluten free list. The link described on this page will tell

Gluten Free Shopping at Wegmans

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Wegmans Supermarkets provide gluten free groery products in Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia LOCATIONS: Enter a ZIP code. GLUTEN FREE FOOD: 1953 items were listed on the day this article was published. GLUTEN FREE RECIPES: 521 recipes were listed on the day this article was published. USEFUL INFORMATION: Bro...

Gluten Free Shopping in Supermarkets

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Supermarkets are generally the most economical and convenient places to purchase gluten free food. The major problem is finding their lists and other information about  gluten free food. These links will take you directly to each supermarkets list of gluten free foods. If you need more information about store location, special sales,  recipes. etc....

Mardi Gras for the Gluten Free

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"Mardi Gras" is a French term meaning "Fat Tuesday". Apparently, eating rich food was a lot more ‘respectable'  than it is today. For Mardi Gras-related recipes, click here and/or here and/or here. (The article titles are not important. Just browse until you find a recipe that appeals to you.) I tried to find suggestions for gluten...

Gluten Free Presidents’ Day

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America has never had a President who lived gluten free, but it is interesting to speculate about Presidents Kennedy and Clinton. Click here to read my article on this subject. The article includes thoughts  from Dr. Peter Green. Presidents' Day is not a holiday that centers around food. But it can be a learning opportunity

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