I am asked all of the time, “What is gluten? And how do you become gluten free?” Today I’ll start with some basics and a little gluten free 101.

Gluten Free 101

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According to the Celiac Disease Foundation,

Gluten is a general name for the proteins found in wheat (wheatberries, durum, emmer, semolina, spelt, farina, farro, graham, KAMUT® khorasan wheat and einkorn), rye, barley and triticale – a cross between wheat and rye. It helps foods maintain their shape, acting as a glue that holds food together. Gluten can be found in many types of foods, even ones that would not be expected.

Gluten Free 101 www.sarahkayhoffman.com #guthealth #glutenfree #healthylivingSome basics on the “safe” list

  • Corn
  • Amaranth
  • Arrowroot flour
  • Gelatin
  • Xanthan gum
  • Guar gum
  • Sorghum

Some basics on the “unsafe” list

  • Wheat
  • Rye
  • Barley
  • Spelt
  • Bulgar
  • Farina
  • Semolina
  • Malt
  • Couscous
  • Durum
  • Kamut
  • Einkorn
  • Farro
  • But really…..all of these 124 items

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4 of the most basic tips

  • Just because something says Wheat Free” does not mean it is “Gluten Free.”
  • Traditional beer is out! (Is Alcohol Gluten Free?)
  • Watch out for salad dressings. I make my own!
  • The easiest way to begin is by eating foods in the “whole-food form.” (ie. plain & whole fruits, vegetables, and meats)

Further Gluten Free 101 Reading

  1. How To Gluten Free on a Budget
  2. Making Gluten Free a Game
  3. 7 Things Learned from 7 Years Gluten Free
  4. 4 Reasons Your Gluten Free Diet is Keeping You Miserable
  5. Library of gluten free recipes
  6. All gluten free e-books

What other questions do you have? Do you live your life gluten free? Are you thinking of living it that way?

p.s. In 2018, I celebrated being gluten free for 8 years. Also in 2018, I ate gluten. If you click HERE you can see what happened when I ate gluten. But back in the US? I’m always gluten free. 


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