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How To Raise Your Awareness On National Gluten Free Day

How To Get A High Score On Important National Gluten Free Day

Today, in behalf of National Gluten Free Day we’re going to test your knowledge on this topic. Download Kitchology’s Eat.better. app for more ideas.

What is gluten? It’s a protein. It works as the glue that gives dough elasticity while also helping it rise and retain its shape.

The real question

Here’s a trickier one…What grains naturally contain gluten?  Simple answer: All grains contain gluten. However, when talking specifically about “gluten free” the big offenders are wheat, barley and rye. These are the three kinds of grains that usually impact people with celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity.

What grains are considered safe to consume on a “gluten free” diet?

  • Amaranth
  • Arrowroot
  • Buckwheat
  • Chickpeas (Garbanzos)
  • Corn
  • Flax
  • Flours from nuts/beans/seeds
  • Millet
  • Potato starch or flour
  • Quinoa
  • Rice
  • Sago
  • Sorghum
  • Soy
  • Tapioca
  • Teff

Did you notice oats are missing from the list above? First, know that oats on their own are not on the avoid list for celiac sufferers. The problem is created during harvesting. Apparently, during the machinery contact portion of the process they become contaminated with grains carrying harmful gluten. It is possible to harvest true “gluten free” oats, but be aware it comes with a hefty cost. Since this month is also a national celebration of oats, be on the look out for the “gluten free” kind.

Confused yet? To simplify it all there are package seals demonstrating products are certified gluten free by a third party organization. Right now there are 4 major program labels. Look for these at the store:

  1. The Gluten-Free Certification Program (GFCP)gluten free
  2. The Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO)gluten free
  3. CSA Recognition Sealgluten free
  4. QAI/NSF Internationalgluten freeDo note, if your gluten free product doesn’t have one of these seals on the bag you could end up with a tummy ache. Beware of any copy cat imposters. Shop smart!

We hope this exercise has helped elevate your #glutenfree awareness. Have any additional facts you’d like to share with us? Send them to @Kitchology and @Kitchenchick123. Also, don’t forget to signup to get the latest food news from Kitchology Blog.

About Kara Root

Howdy. I am mom to 4 fantastic kids. I manage their food and environmental allergies daily. They have extreme diets because of eosinophilic esophagitis. Also because of this disease, two of my kids are on feeding tubes. They all also have asthma. I try my hardest to teach them, even though life seems to revolve around food and their allergies try so hard to consume their lives, we can still LIVE life to the fullest. You can find me at www.livingtheallergylife.wordpress.com Come with us and LIVE on twitter @Momof3EoE Follow us on FB http:// facebook.com/livingtheallergylife

About Kara Root 93 Articles
Howdy. I am mom to 4 fantastic kids. I manage their food and environmental allergies daily. They have extreme diets because of eosinophilic esophagitis. Also because of this disease, two of my kids are on feeding tubes. They all also have asthma. I try my hardest to teach them, even though life seems to revolve around food and their allergies try so hard to consume their lives, we can still LIVE life to the fullest. You can find me at www.livingtheallergylife.wordpress.com Come with us and LIVE on twitter @Momof3EoE Follow us on FB http:// facebook.com/livingtheallergylife

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