How to Choose Naturally Gluten-Free Foods
The good news is that the list of foods you can eat on a gluten-free diet is much longer than the list of things you can’t. For starters, finding gluten-free replacements for almost all the gluten-containing foods you love is getting easier. But you can also decide to just eat more naturally gluten-free foods, especially if you’re newly gluten-free or you want to eat healthier in general.
Here are some food options that naturally contain no gluten:
Fresh vegetables, fresh fruits, fruit juice
Unseasoned beef, pork, chicken, turkey, fish, seafood
Milk, butter, margarine, cream, yogurt, cheese
Beans, lentils, corn, rice, potatoes
Unseasoned nuts and seeds
Sugar, honey, molasses
Pure spices and herbs
Eating naturally gluten-free is a call to cooking! The key is to combine ingredients — soften the garlic and onions in the butter or oil, brown the meat, add vegetables and herbs, and learn to use new sauces and spices. Choosing naturally gluten-free foods isn’t about subtracting things from your diet; it’s about adding to your cooking!
Many people who are just beginning to explore the gluten-free diet are surprised to find out that many satisfying grains and seeds are also gluten-free, including these:
Corn (Note: All forms of corn are gluten-free, including maize, polenta, hominy, grits, cornmeal, and cornstarch.)
Flours made from nuts, beans, seeds, coconut, or rice
Oats (Note: Oats are naturally gluten-free but are often contaminated with wheat in growing, processing, or storing, so buy oats that are marked gluten-free.)
Soy (but not soy sauce unless it’s marked gluten-free)