Thursday, February 15, 2007

So Gluten is just breads and pasta, right?

I am finding that many people have no clue what gluten is. Those that say that they know about gluten say "Oh, like bread and pasta, right?". And then there are those few and far between that say "Oh, gosh...gluten is in everything!" That about sums it up. Gluten is in just about everything.
First there are the grains:
Wheat (Einkorn, Durum, Faro, Graham, Kamut, Semolina, Spelt)
Oats are a maybe
Then there are all of the derivatives...too many to name here. All the secret things that gluten is hidden behind.
You would be shocked. Ketchup, soy sauce, french fries..all can contain gluten."What!", you may say. "How is there gluten in any of those things?" Manufacturers use gluten as a thickening agent. It is hidden in things like "natural flavorings". You can buy safe alternatives to many products. Some choose to just eat completely natural. I think we are a combination of both. Parker eats more fruits and veggies than any 18 month old I know. He eats them both dried and fresh MANY times a day. GF bread is so expensive (about $5/loaf), that I bake him his own at home.
We DO find GF treats in the mainstream grocery stores. For instance, last night was Valentines Day. Thank Goodness for Peeps!!
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SkinCareMom said...

I love the pic! He has grown just since we saw you at Christmas!

Lyns said...

He is sooo dang cute!! Ooo, and may I say.. I always knew Peeps were a darn good thing :0)