October 10, 2008

Gluten-Free South Florida; Sun-Sentinel got news for you

I've mentioned this once or twice: I have a condition known as Celiac Disease.  What it all boils down to is that i can't ingest foods with a specific type of gluten; a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye.

This means I have to read a lot of labels, and going out for dinner can be a hazard; even if the food doesn't contain gluten, it can become contaminated if cooked with the same pots and pans and utensils used for gluten-bearing foods.

This past week, the Sun-Sentinel has run not one, but TWO, articles about gluten-free food.

The first is about finding GF foods.  It's actually something they picked up from the LA Times, and it's not even advanced enough to be "gluten-free 101."  It informs you that there's thing called the internet, and you can find GF food vendors on it. There is a link to the Celiac Disease Foundation.  And they mention that "More conventional supermarkets — including some Wal-Marts and Sam's Clubs — are getting into the gluten-free act as well."

They ran a much better story on Thursday; one of my co-workers left a clipping on my desk.  This article describes how GF baking requires mixing different flours together to get the same kinds of results found using wheat flour.

And they had links to a couple of recipes:
I'm always quick to point out their errors; it's only fair that I give them props for reaching out.


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