What Is a Gluten Free Diet? | The G-Free Series Part 1

In this series of blog posts we are going to explore living gluten free. So let’s start at the beginning by asking What is a Gluten Free Diet?

What Is a Gluten Free Diet?

What is a Gluten Free Diet?

A gluten free diet consists of diet where you eliminate foods that contain the protein gluten. This protein is found in barley, malts, wheat and rye. A gluten free diet is proven to medically help in treating Celiac disease.

Just like any other diet that is aimed at checking medical conditions, this diet is not an easy one to get used to. First of all, you are likely to feel deprived in the early stages of the diet plan because of all the restrictions involved. Almost everyone can adapt to it though. That’s because there are many gluten free products available for purchase. This was not the case years ago when my little cousin was diagnosed.  She had an awful time adjusting were NO products available. She really missed her bread and pasta!

Whole foods that are gluten free

There are several foods that are naturally gluten free.  Let’s list them here for your convienance:

  • nuts
  • beans
  • beef  and poultry
  • fresh eggs
  • seeds
  • green leafy vegetables
  • fresh fruits, and
  • most dairy products

Additionally Certain Grains are Gluten Free

Arrowroot, millet, amaranth, flax, buckwheat, corn, rice, potato, soy and even sorghum are a few of the grains and “starch” foods that are gluten free.

Products to Avoid

Sometimes, in our day to day life, it is a daunting task to avoid wheat because it is often hidden in food products.  For example, it’s used in foods as a thickening agent.  Products to avoid include:

  • Anything that contains dextrin
  • Farina
  • Spelt
  • Bulgur
  • Graham flour
  • Kamut
  • Durum flour
  • Semolina

In Conclusion consider these final notes:

Certain products can be contaminated with wheat, so do not use them unless labeled ‘gluten free’.   This includes items like: beer, French fries, candies, some salad dressings, gravies, crackers and cookies, self basting poultry, seasoned rice mixes, also seasoned snack foods and soup bases.

So as we move deeper into the G-Free Series and discover exactly what is a gluten free diet, you can decide if you will personally benefit from following this lifestyle.  Read the next article in the series here.