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. 

In the beginning of your diagnosis or your decision to go gluten free, you may spend much of your time walking up and down the aisle of the store looking for those ‘gluten free’ labels; however, wouldn’t it be more beneficial to know what those ‘gf’ labels mean? For something to be considered gluten free the product has to be tested and certified that it has less than 20 parts per million of wheat, rye or barley to be considered gluten free.

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! 

First, and of course, our Father & Mother…
and now many of our other favorites…
APPS:
There are so many apps coming out every day, and we suggest that you go to your ‘app store’ on your smart phone and simply do a search for “gluten free.” The technology is incredible, and here are some of our favorites. Remember please let us know  

here

 if you have found an app that you love! 

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