Gluten Free Diet, what does that mean exactly?
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Gluten is a protein which is found in wheat, barley, rye, malts, kamut (also known as Khorasan Wheat), spelt and triticale (triticale is a hybrid of wheat and rye). These products are found everywhere, in additives,flavouring, stabilisers, thickeners and hide under the umbrella of "dextrin". Many gluten free diets exclude oats as well as the above products.
There are many reasons why people go on gluten free diets, Celiac Disease is one of the main ones, other reasons can be weight loss, irritable bowel syndrome, or simply a trend they are following. Always check out the reason why your guest or crew are on there diet, so you know if it is a severe illness or simply a fad.
Gluten Free Foods that can be substituted for gluten products are,
Corn, potato, rice, tapioca which has be derived from cassava, amaranth, arrowroot, millet, montina, lupin (lupin should be used with caution many people have severe reaction to this), quinoa, taro, chai seeds, yam and sorghum (jowar). Bean, soybean and nut flours are great added to a gluten free diet for a good source of protein and fibre.
Buckwheat can be used in a gluten free diet because it is actually not a wheat but often products labelled buckwheat can be a mixture of wheat and buckwheat so always read the label.
Gluten free beverages
Rum, gin vodka, liqueurs, port, cider, sherry, champagne and wine.
Items that will contain gluten unless otherwise stated
Burger buns, bread, cakes, biscuits, sausages, saveloy's, cocktail sausages, beer, bagels, cheesecake (biscuit base), wraps, doughnuts, buns, pasta, most cereals, dried packet soups, pizza, pies, crackers, gravy.
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