Amber Approved Magazine May/June 2015

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Become aware of hidden sources of gluten Hidden sources of gluten can be found in candy, sauces, seasonings, malt flavouring, soups, soya sauce, processed lunch meats, sausages, brown rice syrup, French fries, potato chips, multi-grain breads, crackers or chips, imitation bacon bits, imitation seafood, flavoured coffee and teas. Be careful of crosscontamination Cross contamination can occur quite easily with shared utensils, shared cooking surfaces, shared cooking containers. Be sure to use different utensils, cooking surfaces and containers than glutencontaining foods. It can also occur if food is cooked in the same oil as gluten-containing food. This can easily occur in restaurants, so be sure to ask if your gluten-free food is being cooked separately. Food

must not come in contact with any gluten-containing foods to avoid cross-contamination. Be aware of non-foods with gluten Anything that touches the skin or mouth gets absorbed into the bloodstream and can cause a reaction in the body, therefore you need to be aware and read labels of non-foods such as toothpaste, lip balms, make-up, skin creams and lotions, shampoos and conditioners. The other place that gluten is sometimes hidden in is vitamins, supplements, medications and play-doh. Do not go overboard on Glutenfree products. Just because it is gluten-free does not mean it is healthy. Packaged, processed foods are still not nutrient-dense foods. See this gluten-free, celiac-lifestyle as an opportunity to eat real foods

such as organic, non-GMO vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, beans, lentils, grass-fed meats and wild seafood. Regardless of whether you have symptoms or not, if you have celiac disease and eat gluten you are harming your body. Even a crumb can be damaging. You may be tempted to cheat but don’t give in as it will be impairing the proper functioning of your body whether you realize it or not. Having a strict gluten-free diet is the only way to effectively treat celiac disease.

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