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How to Make Gluten-Free Tortilla Sticks

These sticks are perfect for gluten-free snacking, but they’re also the perfect accompaniment for soups or a pasta dinner. They’re even great eaten hot from the oven. Beware . . . you can’t eat just one [more…]

How to Make Gluten-Free Artichoke Squares

You can assemble these gluten-free squares ahead of time, they bake by themselves while you prepare for company, and you usually don’t need forks to enjoy them. Although these squares are considered an [more…]

How to Make Gluten-Free Cajun Stuffed Mushrooms

These gluten-free morsels are tangy and will tantalize the tip of your tongue. But if you thrive on five-alarm foods that virtually disintegrate your taste buds, then use gluten-free hot sausage and add [more…]

How to Make Gluten-Free Crabmeat Dip

If you and your friends are going to munch, get out those gluten-free crackers and munch on something good!This crab dip is just a bit different than most, but it’s oh-so-tasty. [more…]

How to Make Gluten-Free No-Bake Lemon Squares

Sometimes when you’re expecting company, you simply don’t have enough time to make a complicated dessert, yet you want something delicious to serve. These gluten-free squares take just minutes to put together [more…]

Gluten Sensitivity: A Range of Forms and Affects

Gluten sensitivity is a physical sensitivity to gluten. The condition is not easy to define, because these sensitivities come in a variety of forms. Think of gluten sensitivities as falling somewhere on [more…]

Symptoms of Gluten Sensitivity and Celiac Disease

Celiac disease and gluten sensitivity share some of the same symptoms. Although the actual damage occurs in the gastrointestinal tract, specifically in the small intestine, the symptoms manifest in many [more…]

How to Identify Celiac Symptoms in Children

Kids who have celiac disease tend to have the “classic” gastrointestinal symptoms of diarrhea or constipation. Children may also have some of the following symptoms: [more…]

How Gluten Affects Behavior

Gluten is sometimes behind the scenes wreaking havoc on behavior and moods. Behaviors including “fuzzy brain” or an inability to concentrate — including attention deficit disorder [more…]

What Is Gluten, Anyway?

You have to know what gluten is so you can avoid it if you’re sensitive to it or have celiac disease. The only problem is that the definition is pretty convoluted. Gluten is a group of proteins that technically [more…]

How to Pick Acceptable Grains for Gluten-Free Diets

The list of grains forbidden to you if you have celiac disease or gluten intolerance is a lot shorter than the list of grains you can eat. That's the good news. [more…]

Foods to Question about Gluten Content

To be safe, you need to question everything for gluten. (You may not think to question the ingredients in tea, but at least one brand contains barley malt.) Some ingredients aren’t so clear, because sometimes [more…]

Foods Once Thought Unsafe for a Gluten-Free Diet

Thanks to more definitive research and new labeling laws, the following ingredients are no longer considered risky in a gluten-free diet. You can safely ingest [more…]

Gluten-Free Alcoholic Beverages

The bad news for beer drinkers is that beer, which is made with hops and barley, contains gluten. But lots of alcoholic beverages are gluten-free — and if you try, you can even find gluten-free beer. [more…]

Storing Gluten-Free Foods Separately

For the most part, you don’t need to have separate storage spaces for the gluten-containing and gluten-free foods unless you do so for convenience purposes. But if you have kids on a gluten-free diet and [more…]

Make-Up Concerns for the Gluten Free

If you or someone you love has celiac disease or a sensitivity to gluten, the make-up that matters most is make-up you’re likely to get in your mouth (or someone else’s), like lipstick, lip gloss, lip [more…]

Gluten-Free Lotions

The experts say that the gluten molecule is too large to pass through skin, so lotions, shampoos, conditioners, and other external products shouldn’t be a problem unless you have open sores, rashes, or [more…]

Gluten-Free Dental Products

You’re really not supposed to ingest your toothpaste, mouthwash, or other dental products — but you’re undoubtedly going to get a swallow or two from time to time, and if it contains gluten, that can cause [more…]

Allergen Labeling Law and it Implications for Gluten Sensitivity

If you’re avoiding gluten, the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act, which requires manufacturers to clearly identify wheat and its derivatives [more…]

“Gluten-Free” May Not Mean 100 Percent

A product that's labeled gluten-free isn’t necessarily 100 percent gluten-free. A food may actually have minute traces of gluten, but as long as those traces are truly small, the product may sometimes [more…]

How to Test for Gluten in Foods

Several types of gluten tests are available; some are used commercially, and some are designed for consumer use. Some commercial tests are so sensitive they can detect as little as 5 ppm [more…]

How to Look for Gluten in Ingredient Lists

The first step to finding out whether a food is gluten-free is to read the label. And, the key to efficient label-reading is: knowing what to look for. [more…]

How to Check with Food Manufacturers about Gluten Ingredients

Even if a food label doesn’t show any obvious sources of gluten, you may want to check with the manufacturer to make sure your food doesn’t have any hidden sources. [more…]

How to Interpret Company Responses about Gluten

When you call a company to find out whether its product is gluten-free, you get one of a few responses. Interpreting these responses to your inquiries sometimes requires a little inference, deduction, [more…]

Safe Foods for Gluten-Free Diets

If you're on a gluten-free diet, you need to know what foods are safe to eat. Gluten-free foods are not hard to find — if you know what to include on your shopping list. [more…]


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