If you’ve been diagnosed with a gluten allergy or intolerance, or choose not to eat it for another reason, you know how difficult gluten can be to avoid. Gluten seems to be one of those food items that you don’t realize is in everything until you can no longer eat it — salad dressings, soya sauce, most canned soups, the list goes on.
But there is good news. Dealing with a gluten allergy or intolerance today in 2018 is much, much easier than it was even ten years ago. There are more gluten-free products available in stores and restaurants than ever before — it just takes a bit of research.
Here are our top tips for creating a gluten-free lifestyle that works for you:
1. Check menus before you go out
If you’re dining out, check the restaurant menu online. If you’re unclear whether they have any gluten-free choices, give them a call before you head out to dine. When you know your options ahead of time, you’ll have more opportunity to anticipate the choice you’ll make and get excited about it, rather than feeling disappointed in the moment.
2. When eating out, clarify to your server whether you’re choosing the gluten-free option because it’s an allergy or an intolerance. This will make a difference in how they prepare the food.
3. Be a label reader.
You are likely already doing this, but when going gluten-free, whether due to an allergy or preference, it’s imperative you check labels — of everything. Even things that you don’t think would contain gluten may have been in contact with wheat or could have some hidden source. Get peace of mind right in the store and eventually you’ll know what brands to seek out.
4. Get creative in the kitchen.
One of the hardest things to let go of when you become gluten-free is the baking. But going gluten-free doesn’t mean you have to let go of your baking dreams forever. Many recipes don’t require flour, or can use flour alternatives, like almond flour, oat flour, or even protein powder. While the texture may be different, you’ll still be able to bake delicious creations that the whole family can enjoy.
5. Don’t be afraid to try gluten-free products.
The myth of going gluten-free is that everything gluten-free tastes like cardboard. Simply not true! Especially as gluten allergies and intolerances become increasingly prominent, many more gluten-free products are becoming tastier and in some cases indecipherable from the gluten-containing stuff. Even if you try one brand that isn’t your favourite, that doesn’t mean all brands are the same. You likely didn’t enjoy all brands of pasta when you could eat gluten, so shop around the gluten-free products a bit more until you find your match.
Do you know who has gluten-free products you’re sure to love? That’s right, it’s us — Kerr’s Candy! None of our candy contains gluten. The only product that may have come into contact with gluten are Kerr's Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels.
Check out our full product list at www.kerrs.com/products and let us know what your best tips for a gluten-free lifestyle are. What have you found hardest to deal with? What was easier than you expected? We want to know! Tell us on social media — we’re @KerrsCandy on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.