Gluten Free and Easy

In preparation for this week’s blog on gluten-free, I went back to see when I first wrote about this, as I didn’t want to bore my few readers by repeating a topic. However I somehow doubt many of the readers from March 2013 are still in town and if they are then perhaps they  have forgotten that brilliant post. Clearly the gluten-free diet is not a passing trend. In fact I would say that this “trend” is spreading. More people are considering the possibility they may have undiagnosed celiac or are gluten-sensitive and some are hoping to resolve longstanding digestive issues. It is definitely worth investigating a diet change if your belly aches.

                                                                                                                                                              Gluten: protein that is found in wheat, rye and barley. Gluten gives baked goods their texture, strength and structure.                                                                                                                                                                                    Celiac disease: ” a condition that damages the lining of the small intestine and prevents it from absorbing parts of food that are important for staying healthy. The damage is due to a reaction to eating gluten, which is found in wheat, barley, rye, and possibly oats”. Per the PubMed Health. A service of the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.                                                                                                                                                                               Wheat allergy: This is different from celiac disease because the allergic reaction does not involve the intestinal tract but people still need to avoid wheat products, so they must follow a wheat-free diet.

The best way to find out if the diet can improve your well being is to have a blood test. If the test is positive then change your diet. If you have ever wondered if gluten or celiac may be an issue for you , Gluten Free China offers the BiocardTM Coeliac Test. This simple ten minute test may give you an answer. It is very accurate for those people with celiac disease. The test can not pick up people who are gluten-sensitive but not celiac.                                                                                    For the test please contact laura @ gluten-freechina.com

Changing to a gluten-free diet is much easier said than done. Gluten-free means eliminating all wheat products from your diet and that will be more than just giving up your morning bowl of Wheaties. Eliminating gluten means avoiding pasta and pancakes as well as muffins and naan .  You will discover that gluten, in many forms, is added to much more than baked goods, you will need to read labels and avoid soy sauce. Fortunately more and more gluten-free products are showing up in  Shanghai. You can find gluten-free noodles, cereal and bakery fresh bread in the western supermarkets and online shops. As gluten-free living becomes more widespread, new options are popping up all the time, making living here easier for those who must avoid gluten.

Most recently Sandi’s Shop, www.gfchopstix.com, has turned up in Shanghai. Sandi specializes in gluten-free and allergy free products. Looking for GF cupcakes, bread or granola? I can vouch for the granola which was delightful with cashew milk. Sandi’s products are made with hand milled grains and delivered fresh to you. She also stocks some GF products including grains and ready to eat cereal. Any questions contact sandi@gfchopstix.com or  call 13524057692.

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