The G-Free Diet
The G-Free Diet: What You Can Eat continued...
But awareness about celiac disease is on the rise. Food labels have become
more accurate, and manufacturers are taking notice of the interest in
gluten-free products. General Mills rolled out gluten-free Chex cereal last
year, and more recently launched a line of gluten-free Betty Crocker mixes for
cookies, brownies, and cakes. Many restaurants, including PF Chang's, Outback
Steakhouse, and Wendy's, also have gluten-free offerings.
"Eight years ago, it was tougher than it is today to live gluten free," says
Naturally gluten-free foods include fruits, vegetables, meat, poultry, fish,
nuts, seeds, eggs, and most pure spices, along with these grains:
• Artichoke flour
• Bean flour
• Flax meal or flour
• Nut flours
• Potato starch or flour
• Rice - all kinds
These grains are widely available in health food stores, and some are common
in grocery stores.
"Eat a healthy, varied diet and substitute different grains for the
gluten-containing ones is the basic premise of the G-Free Diet,"
So, for example, instead of making breads, cookies, or cakes with wheat
flour, you substitute a gluten-free grain and continue to enjoy baked goods.But
be warned: Avoiding gluten can result in nutrient deficiencies if you're not
"Studies have shown that people following a gluten-free diet, especially
when relying heavily on commercially prepared gluten-free foods, can have diets
low in iron, fiber, B vitamins, calcium, and vitamin D," says celiac expert
Shelley Case, RD.
The G-Free Diet: How It Works
People with celiac disease must be extraordinarily careful about the foods
they eat, whether at home, in restaurants, or at gatherings with friends and
family. It's essential to carefully read food labels or ask questions to
make sure the foods you eat don't contain any hint of gluten.
To that end, the book includes many practical tips on gluten-free shopping,
gluten-free cooking (but few recipes), entertaining, and
For example, Hasselbeck says she secretly brings along gluten-free snacks
when attending parties. At dinner parties, she sits next to her husband,
eats what she can, and then swaps plates when no one is
The G-Free Diet also includes helpful hints for those who prepare
both gluten-containing and gluten-free foods for different family members. It
has advice for raising gluten-free kids, and even has a section aimed at people
who live with someone following a gluten-free diet.
To make dining out easier, a tear-out card at the back of the book lists a
variety of ingredients to be avoided when ordering meals at restaurants.
The G-Free Diet: What the Experts Say
Experts agree that The G-Free Diet offers valuable guidance to
potential sufferers of celiac disease, while raising awareness of the disorder.
But they take issue with its promotion of gluten-free living as a panacea,
especially for those seeking to lose weight.