Why is there a need for a gluten free food list? Well read on..
What is Gluten?
Gluten is a name given to the proteins found in certain foods mainly wheat, rye and barley. Gluten is important for binding food together.
Some people have a life long condition called celiac disease where their immune system attacks their small intestines if they eat gluten. For these people it is extremely important that they avoid gluten.
Other people may have wheat gluten intolerance and so eating it may make them unwell even though they have not been diagnosed with celiac disease.
For others, avoiding gluten is just a personal choice. For the majority of people eating gluten is not harmful at all. Some pwople wrongly think that gluten free foods are healthier. This is not true.
The western diet relies heavily on the use of gluten so if you are on a gluten-free diet you have to be smart when choosing what to eat.
Your best safety measure by far is to get into the habit of reading the labels of everything. No doubt this is a lot of work but it is the only way to be absolutely certain the food is safe for you to eat.
And anyway you only have to it when buying something for the first time. After that the next time you shop you will already know what foods you can or can’t have.
I would still check periodically the ingredients of my favourites in case they have changed the ingredients.
Use the gluten free food list below only as a guide, it does not cover everything. Your best bet is still to read the label because manufacturers sometimes change their recipes.
Oats: Although oats are naturally gluten-free, they get contaminated with wheat gluten during farming and processing. So some people who don’t tolerate wheat may also not tolerate oats. Some eat oats and they don’t get any problems at all.
These are really difficult to watch out for and usually contain ‘hidden’ gluten. So again your safest course is to read the label! Don’t assume they have no gluten.
The good news is there are lots of grains that are naturally gluten free!
The list here is pretty long! Basically all fruit and vegetables and meats that are not processed. These include:
It may be safer to make your own snacks and treats and there are several gluten-free flours you can use.
Our Green banana Flour is gluten-free and is excellent for baking.
It is important to note that this list does not contain all the foods that are gluten-free. Manufactures are constantly changing their recipes and new gluten free foods are always coming onto the market.
It is therefore a good idea to get into the habit of always reading the label especially when buying something for the first time or one that you haven’t bought in a long time.
It is especially important if you are diagnosed as having celiac disease.
I will keep updating this page and if you notice any gluten free foods that you fell should be on this list, I would be grateful to you to if you could let me know.
Other readers of this website do thank you!