Everything about gluten
Many claim that eating gluten free is healthier for everyone. While being more conscious about eating is in fact healthier for everyone, eating gluten free is only healthier for those who have coeliacs disease or are very sensitive to gluten. This page tells you all you need to know about gluten and coeliacs disease.
Let’s get technical! The reason why I eat gluten free is because I have coeliacs disease, an autoimmune disease which causes inflammatory reactions in the small intestine every time a person eats gluten. This causes the intestinal villi, which are in the small intestine and take care of the food intake, to break down. Without these villi, the intestines are no longer abel to absorb nutrients from the food, which in the end cause nutritional deficiency and in some cases anaemia, depression and osteoporosis.
What are gluten?
In order to get better a person with coeliacs needs to eat gluten free. Gluten can be found in grains like wheat, rye, barley, spelt or kamut and their derivatives. To make it easier for you: anything containing flour is usually made of wheat. For instance pizza, pasta, pies, cookies and of course bread. Extra caution is needed when buying pre-made food such as soups, ointments, spreads and herbs. Sometimes manufacturers use wheat starch as a binding agent in these kind of products, so always read the ingredient list!
What can I eat and what not?
So everything containing grains is out of bounds, however sometimes manufacturers use another type of starch or flour, such as corn, buckwheat or almond. If this is the only flour used in a product, you are good to go! To make it all more manageable I provided you with a list of what is allowed and what is not allowed from the Dutch coeliacs union. Source
• (Modified) Wheat starch
And any product containing grains like:
• Flour and flour from these grains
• (modified) Starch from above-mentioned grains (e.g. wheat starch)
• Pasta in any shape or form, such as macaroni, vermicelli, spaghetti, lasagne
• Cakes and pastries
• Sauces and soups (thickened with flour or a roux of the above-mentioned grains)
• Snacks (meat croquettes, hot dogs, nasi snacks)
• (Modified) Starch
• Maize semolina (polenta)
• Potato and potato flour
• Pulses and legumes
• Rice waffles
• Fish and Meat (not breadcrumbed or coated with flour)
Gluten free recipes
Go to the recipe page in the header menu or the button to the right to find easy to make and delicious gluten free recipes. A lot are also sugar free and lactose free, so enjoy!
Spring is finally here and temperatures are soaring! That screams for ice cream, right? This recipe for easy sugar free frozen yogurt with berries will keep you cool, leave you satisfied and is guilt-free!
Everybody has cravings sometimes. I know I do! These sugar free chocolate coconut balls are perfect for moments like that and they’re completely sugar free! The best part? They are incredibly easy to make!
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