Gluten foods are foods that contain gluten, which is a type of protein that is found in many kinds of wheat. Since most breads and other foods contain wheat, chances are that there is gluten in there somewhere. And if you suffer from celiac disease, or gluten intolerance, you may not be able to tolerate any foods with gluten and may find that you have to maintain a gluten free diet. The small intestines are affected and may cause lifelong problems if you are allergic to gluten. Fortunately, there are many foods available that can be consumed if you are allergic to gluten.
Upon visiting the grocery store it may be difficult for you to determine which foods are gluten safe, and which contain gluten, because often they are not labeled as such. You have to have some general knowledge when you shop. Some major stores will carry a “gluten free” section, but do not count on it in every store. Many products will have a gluten free label, but it might be more help if they were marked “contains gluten.” Get information that can help you determine which foods are gluten safe by doing a bit of research before you shop.
Gluten Free and Gluten Safe Foods
Your choices will not be as limited as you may think. There are lots of gluten safe foods that you can purchase. Let’s take a look at five of the best gluten free foods.
1. Fresh meat, poultry and fish are excellent sources of gluten free foods.
2. Fresh fruits of all kinds are tasty additions to the gluten free diet and can be prepared in a variety of ways.
3. All fresh vegetables are safe to eat for anyone who might have a gluten intolerance.
4. Eggs, cheese and milk are great sources of food and drinks for that gluten safe menu.
5. Rice and rice flour can be combined into many recipes that are tasty and safe for you to eat.
The above list can give you a pretty good idea of what you can eat and what things you can combine to have a completely gluten safe diet. Of course, the list of gluten free foods is too great to mention in its entirety, but I can list a few other things that will taste great and keep you gluten free. Honey, wine and regular teas are fine. Flax seed is great, and can be used for toppings in many recipes. Tapioca, jellies and jams, sugars and many homemade soups are other foods that you can safely consume.
The Final Word
Do not think that because you are not able to handle gluten in your diet that you are destined to eat only certain things. As stated above, there are many food groups that are completely safe for you and most of them are really quite tasty. Once you get used to buying foods that do not contain gluten, you will find yourself learning to make great tasting dishes and desserts that the whole family will enjoy.