Not everyone can tolerate foods containing wheat or gluten. A condition known as Celiac Disease disallows the consumption of foods with wheat or gluten, in addition to barley, rye, and oats. Those who eat these foods can suffer from bloating, diarrhea, headaches, and hives. If these problems are ignored, Celiac disease can lead to dehydration, anemia, dehydration, muscle spasms, bleeding, nerve damage, infertility, loss of appetite, fatigue, and impotence.
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Celiac Disease and Gluten-free Diet Information Since 1995
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This is a tough problem for those who like foods containing gluten and wheat: bread, pasta, cookies, muffins, scones, pizza, pies, cobblers, Pop Tarts, hamburger buns, and well, this is a long list. But these ingredients also show up in seemingly unlikely foods such as soups, rice products, fudge syrup, chocolate milk mixes, cereals, laxatives, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, grain alcohol, vanilla and candy.
For those who like bread but do not want to deal with the consequences of Celiac’s Disease, look for substitutes. Gluten is not in corn, rice or potatoes. You can make substitute gluten and wheat with almonds, arrowroot, corn (flour, meal and starch), hazelnuts, lentils, peas, pistachios, potato flour, potato starch flour, rice flour, soy, and tapioca.
Cookbooks for those with Celiac Disease:
Bette Hagman, The Gluten-Free Gourmet Cooks Comfort Foods : Creating Old Favorites with the New Flours (Henry Holt & Company, Inc.; 2004).
The Gluten-Free Gourmet Bakes Bread : More than 200 Wheat-Free Recipes (New York: Owl Books, 2000).
IMore from the Gluten-free Gourmet : Delicious Dining Without Wheat (New York: Owl Books; 2000).
The Gluten Free Gourmet.
More From the Gluten-free Gourmet.
The Gluten-Free Gourmet Cooks Fast and Healthy: Wheat-Free Recipes With Less Fuss and Less Fat (New York: Henry Holt and Company, Inc., 1996).
Jax Peters Lowell, Against the Grain: The Slightly Eccentric Guide to Living Well Without Gluten or Wheat (New York: Henry Holt and Company, Inc., 1995)
National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse:
University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center: