Gluten Free Diet: Food and Recipes for Beginners
Gluten Free Diet
This guide is written in plain English, will help you easily understand what a
Gluten Free diet is and will put you firmly on the road to beginning a Gluten Free life.

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Gluten food labels - What to look out for

When observing food labels, Gluten can be hiding in many forms. I recommend you take extra care in examining food labels extensively, especially at first as Gluten appears in forms such as:

  • Starch
  • Modified food starch this is only when the starch originates from wheat instead of maize.
  • Vegetable proteins
  • Glucose syrup (except those originating from wheat, barley and dextrose that have now been declared safe by European Food Safety Authority EFSA)
  • Malt zest

Maltodextrin (a food additive produced from starch) was formerly in this list as well, but is now considered to be Gluten Free. Note: Maybe be gluten free if not made from wheat.

Look out for the Coeliac and Dermatitis Herpetiformis Charity Cross Grain Symbol on foods. Although currently it is not a legal requirement that this symbol be placed on foods, many manufacturers do display it and you can be guaranteed that any food that bares the symbol is:

  • Gluten Free
  • Suitable for people suffering from Coeliac disease and Dermatitis Herpetiformis
  • Suitable to include in your Gluten Free Diet


Be Careful When Preparing Food At Home

Normal wheat flour can be a major pain at home, as 12% of its makeup is Gluten! Even if a tiny amount gets mixed in with your food, it can still cause major discomfort so please be extra careful.






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