Gluten Free Awareness Month, Going Gluten Free


Natural Foods:  Gluten Free Awareness Month
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Gluten is a protein that is found in wheat, barley and rye. It is considered the “glue” that binds ingredients together. It gives elasticity to dough and helps baked goods, such as breads, keep their shape. It also gives a chewy texture to pizza, cookies, cakes and pasta.

 

Many people are taking the steps to lead a gluten-free lifestyle. Some of you may have been diagnosed with celiac disease, which requires complete avoidance of gluten. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease that damages the intestines and makes it difficult for the body to absorb nutrients in food. Some symptoms include: stomach pains, anemia and other gastrointestinal issues.

 

Whether you have celiac disease or are just trying to limit your gluten intake, the transition from a gluten lifestyle to a gluten-free lifestyle can be intimidating. We are here to help make that transition easier. Our Gluten Free sections at Raley’s can help make shopping for gluten free foods easier.  In addition, there are many more gluten free foods through out the store. Find a complete list of our gluten free items at www.raleys.com.

Most “whole foods” are gluten free.  The following are safe because they are naturally free of gluten:

  • Fruits & vegetables
  • Nuts & seeds
  • Dairy & eggs (note—some processed yogurts use wheat as a thickener always read labels)
  • Fish, poultry and meat (if it is not breaded)
  • Herbs & spices
  • Quinoa, rice and beans   

 

It is very important that we read labels when choosing gluten-free products. Some processed foods like soy sauce and beer may not appear to have gluten but they actually may have been made with flavorings from barley or wheat. See www.celiac.comfor a complete list of gluten-free safe foods.

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