Spotlight on: Gluten Free Cooking and Eating

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Today the Spotlight is a gluten-free zone!

There is a lot of buzz about gluten-free foods, and eating gluten-free diets. Having a friend who was recently diagnosed with Celiac disease thought it would be good to share some information and recipes. First though let’s find out what celiac disease actually is.

Celiac disease is also known as celiac sprue or gluten-sensitive enteropathy. This is a digestive and autoimmune disorder that results in damage to the lining of the small intestine when foods with gluten are eaten. The damage to the intestine makes it hard for the body to absorb nutrients, especially fat, calcium, iron, and folate. Glutens are a form of protein found in some grains. For more detailed information on symptoms, causes and diagnoses: Web-MD

So now we know the purpose of a gluten-free diet is a treatment for celiac disease. Interestingly enough 100 million Americans who do not have the disease will choose to eat gluten-free and that has turned into a multi-billion dollar business of packaged foods, books, etc. There is even a company that made gluten-free soap. So not necessary, unless you eat soap.

The vast majority don’t have any business going on a gluten-free diet really. Gluten-free products aren’t necessarily healthier and aren’t going to help you lose weight. The packaged foods are often enriched with more sugar and fats to make them palatable. The homemade recipes sometimes require more ingredients that are more expensive, and harder to find. So no real benefit if you’re okay with gluten.

Making your own gluten-free foods can be more involved but it does not mean you have to do without. In our Craftster cooking section there are lots of recipes and information being shared.

For instance, no one is doing without cake here on Craftster.

Here eiyela shares her recipe for Princess Cake. So pretty and yummy looking!

Want pasta? We can do that, too. In this recipe MareMare shows us how to have Gluten-Free Pasta with Chicken Sausage and Pesto Vegetables.

Think I’m going to her house for dinner!

Want more cake? Well, my gluten-free readers you’re in for a treat. Craftster member Dragonflyducky is gluten-free and shared her Apple cake recipe with us.

People who are living with celiac disease can even have “bread”. The bread just has to be prepared with different ingredients.

These Indian Flatbreads made by MerryGlas amazingly have only a few ingredients and are simple to make.

Though celiac disease can make it more challenging to prepare foods, but it does not have to limit the taste.
If you or someone you know is gluten intolerant, check out some of the recipes here. We also have a Craftster Pinterest that is Gluten-Free, too.

Thank you for checking out the Spotlight, and let me know what you think in the comment section below.

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