Whether you are of the 1/3 of Americans trying a gluten-free diet or even part of the 1% of Americans who find it medically necessary to avoid gluten, this class is designed to make your journey more convenient.
Good Earth Natural Foods carries certified gluten-free products that make meal planning fast and easy.
Look for official GF or gluten-free logos on all of your favorite foods! All gluten-free foods are required to be made in certified GF kitchens which are regularly inspected to meet FDA standards. These packaged and ready-to-go foods and GF ingredients technically must test below 20 parts per million of gluten to qualify.
Gluten-free ingredients (as long as they include the certified GF label) are:
Amaranth, Millet, Quinoa, Sorghum, Buckwheat, Corn and other GF corn products, Legumes such as beans including chickpea, fava, navy, etc. and their flours, Rice and all GF rice products in all their forms, Tapioca Starch, Teff, Flax, Chia, Arrowroot, xanthan gum, guar gum, agar powder, potato starch, almond flour, coconut flour/fiber/protein, etc.
Ingredients to avoid include Enriched Wheat flour, Whole Wheat flour, Durum, Einkorn, Farina, Farro, Freekeh, Fregola, Graham flour, Kamut, Low-gluten wheat, Semolina, Spelt, Triticale, Wheat starch, Rye, Barley, brewer’s yeast, barley malt, etc.
Creating a GF kitchen at home
The whole kitchen must be completely cleaned and converted, including dust removal to convert it into a truly gluten-free kitchen. Grain grinders, juicers, toasters, and other kitchen appliances that are difficult to fully clean inside need to be brand-new or never touched by gluten. Teflon coated cookware can hide gluten in scratches, so stainless steel or cast iron cookware is preferable. A new high-speed blender may be your greatest asset.
Start with certified gluten-free supplements including multivitamins, multi-minerals, essential fatty acids, and protein supplements. B-Vitamins are especially important. Probiotics are another great consideration. Digestive enzymes are helpful, especially a Gluten-digesting enzyme termed “DPP-IV”. Ask a Good Earth Wellness Counselor for more information about additional supplements to add to your healthy routine. You may also consult books to learn more about common deficiencies gluten-free people may develop without proper supplementation.
Living Well Gluten-Free by Beth Hillson
Wheat Belly by William Davis
Gluten-Free Gourmet Cooks Fast and Healthy by Bette Hagman
Celiac Disease a hidden epidemic by Peter H.R. Green, MD.
Prescriptions for Nutritional Healing by Phyllis A Balch, CNC