It’s day 2 of the 10 Days of Gluten Free blog hop! I am covering topics related to getting started on the gluten free diet. Be sure to visit the other participating blogs listed at the end of this post. Each one is covering a different gluten-free topic and has a great giveaway you can enter.
What is Gluten Free?
Before you can rid yourself of gluten, you have to understand what gluten is. Gluten is a general name for specific proteins found in wheat, rye, and barley. A small percentage of people with celiac disease also react to a protein found in oats.
Oats are tricky because most commercial oats are contaminated with gluten. We’ll talk about contamination on another day, but you need to know that you should not eat oats unless they are certified gluten free.
Wheat, Rye and Barley
So you need to avoid wheat, rye, barley, and most oats. That means that almost all bread, cookies, cereal, and pasta found at a regular grocery store are off limits. But you also have to watch out for foods that are not as obvious.
Most soy sauce contains wheat, but you can find gluten free brands, especially at a health food store. Items like chili seasoning packets often contain gluten too.
Barley frequently shows up in foods in the form of malt. If you see malt listed as an ingredient in a food assume it is off limits unless it specifically says that it is malt made from a safe ingredient. The exception to that is maltodextrin which is gluten free.
Don’t Get Discouraged
When you first get started, it seems like there is so much food you can’t eat. It seems that way because you are not aware of all the foods you can eat. There are gluten-free substitutes for many of the things you are omitting, but right now the focus is on getting rid of what is hurting your body.
Tomorrow I will talk about what you can eat. Gluten-Free Eating is a helpful pdf from Dieticians of Canada which discusses in more detail what you can and cannot eat on a gluten-free diet.
Shelley Case is giving away a copy of her book Gluten-Free Diet: A Comprehensive Resource Guide. The title is an appropriate description. This book would be useful to anyone on a gluten-free diet.
- This giveaway is limited to U.S. residents 18 and older.
- You are allowed one entry per “10 Days of Gluten Free” blog post for a total of 10 entries on this blog.
- Enter by leaving a comment on this post (and other 10 Days of GF posts)
- The giveaway begins May 7, 2012 and ends at 11:59 pm eastern time on May 18, 2012.
No purchase is necessary. Odds of winning are based on the number of entries. The winner will be randomly chosen and will be contacted by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond, a new winner will be randomly chosen.
10 Days of Gluten Free Continues:
These bloggers have great tips and ideas to share with you. Please stop by and remember to enter the giveaways.
- Resources – Wendy @ Celiacs in the House
- Traveling – Karen @ Gluten-Free Travel Blog
- Eating Out – Heather @ Gluten-Free Cat
- Frugal Tips – Janelle @ Gluten Freely Frugal
- Cooking – Carrie @ Ginger Lemon Girl
- Baking – Jules @ Jules Gluten Free
- Kids – Lynn @ Lynn’s Recipe Adventures
- Lunch Boxes – Tessa @ Tessa the Domestic Diva
- Shopping – Laura @ Gluten Free Pantry