Gluten is one of the most complex proteins consumed by man – and is therefore extremely difficult to digest. This is why babies first introduced to solid foods are not given wheat.
Many people have chosen a gluten-free diet, replacing wheat and rye for other grains that are more easily digested. This could have been bad news for pancake and cookie lovers everywhere.
It can get even trickier than that when shopping the supermarket aisles. Grains are used in the processing of many ingredients, so it will be necessary to seek out hidden gluten. The following terms found on food labels may mean that there is gluten in the product. GICare.com provides this helpful list of gluten-containing ingredients:
- Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein (HVP), unless made from soy or corn
- Flour or Cereal products, products, unless made with pure rice flour, corn flour, potato flour, or soy flour
- Vegetable Protein, unless made from soy or cornMalt or Malt Flavoring, unless derived from corn
- Modified Starch or Modified Food Starch, unless arrowroot, corn, potato, tapioca, waxy maize, or maize is used
- Vegetable Gum, unless vegetable gums are carob bean gum, locust bean gum, cellulose gum, guar gum, gum arabic, gum aracia, gum tragacanth, xanthan gum, or vegetable starch
- Soy Sauce or Soy Sauce Solids, unless you know they do not contain wheat
It doesn’t stop there…Any of these words found on food labels can also mean the product contains gluten:
- flavoring (arg, this one is in EVERYTHING!)
- plant protein
Your best bet is to lay off the processed foods or food products and eat real food instead. But not ever eating biscuits or crepes again could be a big bummer. Luckily companies, like San Diego’s The Pure Pantry, have stepped in to to save breakfast…and lunch, and desert too!
The Pure Pantry offers a variety of healthy, delicious gluten-free baking mixes made with only the 100% natural and certified organic, whole grain ingredients.’ Excellent news!
Elizabeth Kaplan, the founder and CEO of The Pure Pantry, is both a chef and teacher, so she combines the very best from her experience (and taste buds) to both feed and educate those wanting or needing to live gluten-free without the sacrifice.
Her appreciation and passion for fine organic foods began at a young age…when Elizabeth was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2002, she was disappointed in the lack of healthy, good tasting, gluten free products on the market.
Her recipes and mixes are no disappointment, that’s for sure! We loved the pumpkin bread we tasted, and can’t wait to try the pancake and waffle mixes next. The Pure Pantry website includes recipes, dining and travel tips, education on celiac disease and an online boutique where you can order any of her baking mixes.