Celiac disease can cause abdominal pain and diarrhea, triggered by the consumption of the protein gluten which is usually found in many foods containing wheat, barley, triticale, fu, farina and rye. Living with celiac disease can be difficult. Every day seems to be challenging, but armed with the right knowledge about gluten-free cooking, it can be relatively easy for you to adapt to this new diet routine. The following tips may help you manage your or your family’s gluten-free diet more easily.
#Tip 1: Never forget to read food labels
To strictly follow gluten-free diet, it is important to become a vigilant label reader. Reading the ingredients label on the foods you buy is the key to avoiding gluten. Always check the label to see that each food is labeled gluten-free. When you aren’t 100% certain that a food is gluten-free, then contact the manufacturer to double-check before buying it. Also make sure the food you are going to buy has been processed in a facility that is free of wheat or other contaminating products. There are still many basic foods that are allowed in a gluten-free diet. Some of the gluten-free foods are fruits, most dairy products, potatoes, rice, vegetables and more. Grains and starches that are allowed in a gluten-free diet are corn, cornmeal, gluten-free flours, pure corn tortillas, quinoa, rice, and tapioca among others.
#Tip 2: Take advantage of gluten-free products
In the beginning, it seems daunting to cut gluten from your diet as it is found in lots of food products. Thanks to the rise of organic and gluten-free diet trend in Malaysia, lots of food stores, supermarkets, retail stores and grocery shops now stock gluten-free products. At Diet Angel, we import and distribute a range of gluten-free products in Malaysia that are available in health stores, organic food stores or online shops, including Organic Raw Cacao Powder, Organic Raw Cacao Butter, Organic Cold-Processed Chocolates, Organic Coconut Nectar, Organic Raw Maca, and more. We understand bad choice of food can cost you fortune. That’s why we have mentioned all the important information about our gluten-free products online at our Products section. All our products are certified organic, gluten-free, kosher, unrefined, non-GMO and vegan.
#Tip 3: Be aware of cross contamination
Buying gluten-free food products is not just enough, you need to be aware of cross contamination. Even a tiny bit of gluten is enough to cause symptoms of celiac disease in a person with gluten sensitivity or intolerance. It is important to make sure you minimize the risk of cross contamination of gluten-free products with gluten-containing foods. You must be aware of where your food is grown, and how it has been processed, transported and sold. You must also avoid using appliances in your kitchen contaminated with gluten containing food after deciding to go gluten-free.
#Tip 4: Experiment in the kitchen
You can learn a lot about gluten-free cooking by reading recipes online, websites, blogs and cookbooks. The more recipes you read, you will learn the purpose of each ingredient. You can carefully choose alternative ingredients to make your own new gluten-free dishes. You can find lots of gluten-free recipes online at our website and create your own gluten-free cakes, pudding, smoothies, ice cream, cookies and other dishes. So spend time in your kitchen and get used to gluten-free products and cooking techniques.
#Tip 5: Last but not the least… Keep it simple
Keep your new diet simple by focusing on whole, naturally grown gluten-free foods. Eat lots of grains that do not contain gluten including tapioca, amaranth, fava, millet, teff and buckwheat. Fill your plate with fruits and vegetables. Relish toppings that are gluten-free such as hummus, raw cacao nibs, salsa and more.
It takes lots of research and some time and practice to get used to a gluten-free diet. Keep in mind these tips and use gluten-free products available in Malaysia while cooking your gluten-free dishes, and believe us, your meals will be delicious and healthier than ever before.