If you or someone in your family suffers from a gluten intolerance, then you won’t be able to cook any meals that contain this nutrient. Unfortunately, it is found in a lot of store-cupboard staples, including pasta, couscous, and many breads. If someone who does suffer from a gluten intolerance were to accidentally eat one of these foods, then it could make them very ill. So, it’s really important that you practice caution when cooking at home.
Don’t worry, though; following a gluten-free diet isn’t as hard as you may think. These tips can help you get it right.
Read All The Food Labels
First of all, it’s crucial that you read all the labels on food packaging when you are out shopping for groceries. These days, food manufacturers are legally obliged to make it obvious if one of their products contains an allergen or ingredient that some people are intolerant to. So, be sure to take a look at the list of ingredients that is usually on the back of the packaging. Helpfully, many companies now make sure that any problematic ingredients are printed in bold so that they are easy to spot.
Focus On Naturally Gluten-Free Cereals And Grains
It’s a good idea to research the grains and cereals that are all naturally free from gluten. Thankfully, there are quite a few so you should try to focus your meals on these. For instance, rice doesn’t contain any gluten, and neither do quinoa, polenta, and buckwheat. These can be used to bulk up your meals so that they are very filling. They’re also fantastic pasta and bread substitutes.
Eat Gluten-Free Substitutes
These days, you will find lots of gluten-free substitutes for many of your favourite foods on the shelves in supermarkets. For instance, many supermarkets now sell breads, flours, and pasta that have been made without the usual gluten. Thanks to this, you can still eat your favourite foods and you’ll be able to indulge in gluten-free cakes, such as this yummy lemon drizzle cake. You might even find that your diet doesn’t change all that much thanks to these great substitutes.
Watch Out For Cross-Contamination
Even if just one member of your family needs to follow a gluten-free diet, it’s still best that all of your family’s meals are completely free from gluten. This can completely prevent cross-contamination from occurring while you are cooking. It can be all too easy to accidentally contaminate a meal that is meant to be gluten free just by using the same kitchen tools and work surfaces when cooking. All it takes is the smallest particle of gluten to make someone with an intolerance feel ill, so it’s best to cut out the risk completely.
Check Restaurant Menus Before You Dine Out
Don’t forget to check a restaurant’s menu before you go out for a meal. Most restaurants have gluten-free meals these days, but it’s always best to check to be sure!
Now you know how to enjoy a healthy gluten-free diet!