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Relax, the list of naturaly gluten free foods is huge

Published 20 September, 2006

The good news is there is a huge list of naturaly gluten free food. When you find out you have celiac disease, it can seem like there is nothing in the world that you can eat. And as the Western diet relies heavily on wheat based foods, you’ll probably have to break lot of life long habits to ensure you are following a naturaly gluten free diet.

Here’s the list of naturaly gluten free food.

Fruit – strawberries, blueberries, grapes, oranges, kiwi fruit, bananas and all their nutrient rich friends.

Vegetables – every single last one of them – packed with vitamins and minerals, so can’t be bad.

Nuts and Seeds – almonds, peanuts, walnuts, they’re all naturaly gluten free. Great sources of essential oils and other goodies.

Meat – yep, you guessed it. All meat is gluten free (although by the time you get to eat it in a restaurant, it may have been coated in flour, so just be careful!)

Fish – just like meat, all naturaly gluten free.

Grains – buckwheat, rice, quinoa, amaranth, tapioca, sago, millet, corn are just a few naturaly gluten free grains. Wheat is obviously out, as are rye, barley, bran and oats.

Pulses – lentils, kidney beans, haricot beans are all gluten free, and great fibre sources

Eggs and Dairy – natural yoghurt, cheese, butter are all good for a gluten free diet.

Drink – water (!), tea’s, coffee and pure fruit juices are all gluten free. Beer unfortunately is not.

It starts to get tricky as soon as the food has been processed e.g. a grain is milled, as cross contamination can occur and “filler” ingredients such as starch can be made from wheat. This is where joining your local Celiac society is invaluable, e.g. http://www.coeliac.co.uk/ as they provide a detailed, up to date list of all gluten ready made food and ingredients.

So although you may have to brush up on your home cooking skills, there are plenty gluten free recipes which allow you to cook from the huge list of naturaly gluten free food.

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