Very few things make us feel quite so nice as warm cookies. When those cookies happen to be our giant Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies? Well, let's just say I've never seen a plate of vegetables disappear so fast as when one of these are on the line!
What is gluten and why is gluten-free so special, you ask? Gluten is the product of two proteins, gliadin and glutenin, found in some cereal grains (like wheat). It causes the chewy/elastic texture we love so much in our breads. For someone with gluten-intolerance (celiac disease) or gluten-sensitivity, eating gluten can cause a range of problems - stomach discomfort, trouble absorbing nutrients, and intestinal damage to name a few.
But you aren't gluten-intolerant or sensitive? While a completely gluten-free diet is not recommended for those who don't have trouble with the proteins, there's no harm in enjoying some of the fun flavors and treats made with gluten-free foods! Check it out for yourself with the information and recipes below.
Did you know:
-One in 141 people (or less than roughly 1% of the population) have celiac disease.
-Gluten-intolerance and wheat allergy are not the same thing, and, luckily, many children (about65%) outgrow a wheat allergy by age 12.
-North American varieties of wheat contain more gluten than those grown in Europe
Pear and Bacon Casserole
Chicken Salad Pita
Strawberry Cookie Parfait
Definition and Facts for Celiac Disease. Retrieved from https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/health-topics/digestive-diseases/celiac-disease/Pages/definition-facts.aspx
Everything You Want to Know about Gluten. Retrieved from http://www.ift.org/Knowledge-Center/Learn-About-Food-Science/Food-Facts/Gluten.aspx
What Is Gluten? - Live Science. Retrieved from http://www.livescience.com/53265-what-is-gluten.html
Wheat & Gluten Allergy. Retrieved from http://acaai.org/allergies/types/food-allergies/types-food-allergy/wheat-gluten-allergy