Living Gluten Free
So, you’ve been told that you would benefit from a gluten free diet. There is a lot to learn; after all, this is a new lifestyle, and it goes further than just eating gluten free. Let’s begin to educate yourself on living a gluten free life right here!
What is gluten and what does it mean for a product to be gluten free?
In laymen’s term, glutens are proteins that are found in wheat, rye, barley and other grains. They give structure to things such as breads, doughs, cakes, etc. However, it does not stop there; gluten can be found in many products beyond breads, cakes and pasta. Basically, gluten can be found in just about every aisle of the grocery store and in many items even at your pharmacy.
The reason why a product can be packaged as being ‘gluten free’ is because it has been tested to have 20 parts per million (or less) of wheat, rye or barley, and it also has not been produced or packaged in a plant that where the dust of other wheat, rye or barley products could have contaminated it. A certified gluten free product goes through a quite an extensive certification process, and this certification guarantees that that product is safe for you to consume or use.
Education and knowledge is the key because gluten can be hidden in many places you may never even consider. Some examples are breakfast sausage, low fat dairy products, certain deli meats, some salad dressings, and even chewing gums and candies. Gluten can even be hidden in non-food items around the home and can be quite dangerous, such as stamps and glue on envelopes, childhood toys such as Play-Doh, and even in cosmetics, lipsticks, lip balms, some prescriptions!
Yes, gluten can be found in some of the oddest places, so it is more than just eating a gluten free diet.Yes, gluten can be found in many places other than food, so please keep that in mind as you are shopping.
Does this mean that while you are shopping, you should only buy a product that has been certified as a gluten free product? In the beginning, and until you are further educated, maybe; however, there are quite a few products that are intrinsically gluten free and are quite safe.
Below are lists of some of our favorite resources on the web pertaining to eating and living gluten free. They will help you along your journey to living gluten free life (and many of them have social media sites as well, and sometimes it can be quite informational and fun to engage with them on their social media sites!).
Also, if you know of a site or an app that we haven’t list here, please email us here. Tell us about the site or app, and how it has been beneficial to you, and we will check it out and place it here for others as well!
if you have found an app that you love!