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Living Gluten-Free For Dummies

By: Danna Korn Published: 06-01-2010

Practical, delicious ways to manage a gluten-free diet

If you have a wheat allergy, gluten intolerance, celiac disease, or you just want to enjoy the benefits of a diet free of wheat, barley, and rye, then this guide is for you. Trusted author Danna Korn explains the medical problems associated with gluten and shows you step by step how to make the transition to a gluten-free lifestyle - and love it!

With 25% new and revised content, this easy-to-understand reference includes coverage of the most recent testing methods, an updated section on the link between a gluten-free diet and improving behaviors in the autistic, new information about the genetics of celiac disease, expanded coverage on the gluten-free certification process, increased nutritional information, and updated recipes and resources.

  • 65 delicious recipes plus tips on eating out
  • Guidance on how to shop and decipher food labels Advice on how to raise happy gluten-free kids

Covering the practical, medical, and emotional aspects of the lifestyle, Living Gluten-Free For Dummies, 2nd Edition offers hope and inspiration as you make the switch to a life free of gluten.

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Living Gluten-Free For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Cheat Sheet / Updated 03-08-2022

Living gluten-free means you can prepare gluten-free dishes that are delicious as well as nutritious. To create tasty gluten-free snacks and meals, you need to ensure that you’re stocking your kitchen with important ingredients for gluten-free cooking and that you know which foods and ingredients you need to avoid. It’s also helpful to know what you can substitute for certain foods and ingredients in favorite recipes that you want to adapt to your gluten-free diet.

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Important Ingredients for the Gluten-Free Kitchen

Article / Updated 03-26-2016

Here’s a quick list of basic ingredients to always keep in your pantry, to help with your gluten-free cooking and baking. Check your local grocery store or online supplier of gluten-free foods for these items: Gluten-free flours. Xantham gum. Guar gum. A premixed batch of gluten-free baking mix. Quinoa (which you can toss into soups and other foods). Rice. Brown rice is best. Gluten-free bread crumbs (which can be ordered online). Gluten-free crackers (which you can crumble and use as coatings on foods, fillers in meatloaf, and in soups and salads). Gluten-free snacks (which are great to have around for kids).

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Checklist of Foods and Ingredients to Avoid in a Gluten-Free Diet

Article / Updated 03-26-2016

When you’re living gluten-free (especially if you’ve just started following a gluten-free diet), it can be hard to remember which foods and ingredients you should avoid, especially when you’re grocery shopping! Here is a list of the grains and the foods that usually contain gluten that you need to avoid on a gluten-free diet: Wheat, and almost anything with the word wheat in its name. You also need to avoid hydrolyzed wheat protein, wheat starch, wheat germ, and so on; but you may not realize that you need to beware of wheat aliases like flour, bulgur, semolina, spelt, frumento, durum (also spelled duram), kamut, graham, einkorn, farina, couscous, seitan, matzoh, matzah, matzo, and cake flour. You should avoid buying the following items because they usually have wheat in them. Make your own unless you can find store versions that are specifically gluten-free: Beer (some gluten-free versions are available) Bread, bread crumbs, biscuits Breakfast cereal Cornbread (the flour usually contains some wheat) Crackers Croutons Gravies, sauces, and roux Imitation seafood (such as imitation crab) Licorice Marinadese (such as teriyaki) Pasta Pizza crust Pretzels Soy Sauce Stuffing Sweet baked goods like cookies, cakes, cupcakes, doughnuts, muffins, pastries, and pie crusts Wheat starch is wheat that’s had the gluten washed out, but you still have to beware. In some countries, a special type of wheat starch called Codex Alimentarius wheat starch is allowed on the gluten-free diet -- but standards vary from country to country. Codex Alimentarius wheat starch isn’t allowed in North America because some people question whether the washing process completely removes all residual grain. Barley and its derivatives. Most malt is derived from barley, so unless it states otherwise, you need to avoid malt and malt flavoring as well as barley in its pure form. Triticale, which most people have never heard of. It’s a hybrid cross between wheat and rye, and was developed to combine the productivity of wheat with the ruggedness of rye. Rye isn’t really hidden in any ingredients, so the pure form of rye (usually found in rye bread) is what you need to avoid.

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Gluten-Free Food and Ingredient Substitutions

Article / Updated 03-26-2016

If you’re tempted to experiment with making your favorite recipes gluten-free, here are some savvy substitutions for a few of your favorite ingredients. Don't hesitate to get creative! Flour: If your recipe calls for flour, consider using cornstarch or a gluten-free flour or mix. Experiment with the many new flours available, like bean flours, sorghum, and amaranth. They’re nutritious and add flavor, and oh yeah, they’re gluten free! Breadings and coatings: If a recipe calls for breading, bread crumbs, flour coating, or a similar preparation, consider using wheat- or gluten-free mix (either homemade or store bought). Bread and muffin mixes work well for coatings on chicken and other fried goodies. Seasoned cornmeal or corn flour (masa) and crushed potato chips are also excellent alternatives. Thickeners: Cornstarch, arrowroot flour, and tapioca starch make great substitutes for flour and other thickeners. Dry pudding mix works well for sweet recipes, and bread or baking mixes work well for just about anything. Binders: Consider using gelatin, xanthan gum, or guar gum. Bread crumbs: Many gluten-free breads turn to crumbs when you look at them. And certainly, there are always plenty of crumbs in the bag; just use them as extras for cooking. Or crumble some bread slices, and toast or broil the crumbs to make them crunch. Croutons: Cut fresh, gluten-free bread into cubes, deep fry, and then roll in Parmesan cheese and spices. Some people suggest letting the bread get just a tad stale (not moldy) before making croutons this way. Granola: If you can find gluten-free oats, you’re set. But if you can’t, you can still make granola. Toss together toasted nuts and seeds and then mix them with gluten-free cereal, honey, vanilla, a tiny bit of oil, and spices or seasonings. How much spices and seasonings? A smidge or so, until it tastes like you like it. Bake at 300 degrees for an hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Add dried fruit (that’s been soaked in water for 10 minutes), let cool, then refrigerate or vacuum seal and freeze. Trail mix: Many trail mixes that are available at the stores are already gluten-free, but if you like to make your own, mix some peanuts, raisins, dried fruit, and gluten-free chocolate candies or chips. Oatmeal or hot cereal: Try corn grits. Prepare them like oatmeal and top with butter, cinnamon, and sugar, or fry them. Hot cereals are also available from the producers of grain-free flours. Some new amaranth and quinoa hot cereals also are available that are nutritional powerhouses.

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Getting Started Guide to Living Gluten-Free For Dummies

Article / Updated 03-26-2016

The gluten-free movement is sweeping the nation for plenty of reasons, but the one that stands out is that when people give up gluten, they often feel better. Changing both your diet and your lifestyle is neither quick nor easy, but the benefits of going gluten-free can be fantastic — no surgery or medication required! In fact, if you feed it right, your body can make you feel great in lots of different ways. It can fuel your body, help prevent disease, improve your skin’s appearance, help you manage your weight, reverse the signs of aging, decrease symptoms of PMS and menopause, and increase longevity. It’s gluten-free — nutritiously! Download the free guide!

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