In my own words, answers to frequently asked questions about the gluten-free lifestyle
1. What is Gluten?Gluten is the protein found in wheat, barley, and rye products. Oats do not contain gluten, but because of cross-contamination it may be tainted with gluten. Gluten adds elasticity to bread products. You can still get all the nutrients your body needs by living gluten free.
2. What is Celiac Disease?
Celiac Sprue Disease is an auto-immune disease where the body cannot digest gluten protein. The immune system views gluten as a "virus" and attacks the body causing problems in the small intestine. This can lead to bowel issues, malabsorption of nutrients, anemia, osteoporosis, infertility, or even cancer if left untreated.
3. Where can I buy gluten-free products?
The simple answer: almost anywhere.
Most grocery stores carry at least a few gluten-free items. If you are shopping at your favorite grocery store and are not finding GF products, look in the organic section, freezer section, or get ready to read labels.
You can also go to health food stores and speciality GF stores.
If in doubt, call the number on the product and they will be able to tell you if there is gluten in the product.
4. Are there any gluten-free restaurants?
Yes, and many actually have a GF menu! Check under the Restaurants Tab for a full list of my favorites!
5. Can I use these recipes even if I'm not gluten-free?
Of course. Just use regular flour in place of the GF substitute and omit the xanthan gum.