Gluten Free Christmas - The Tastiest Gluten Free Sweets
With sweet treats as far as the eye can see, Christmas can be torture for those that can't tolerate gluten. Having to say no to everything is a pain. Gingerbread, cookies, and eggnog are consumed all over the place and you never know what is hidden inside those tasty treats. For those that don't do well with gluten, like those with celiac disease, it can mean more than just a tummy ache. Some can even develop Type 1 diabetes, say experts. In this guide to gluten free holidays, we'll explain some misconceptions about gluten and show you some delicious gluten free treats.
If you feel like you might be one of the 1% of the population that has some sort of gluten intolerance, it would be a good idea to take a test before changing your entire diet. Otherwise, after a long break away from gluten, your body will have to adjust to digesting it again.
A quick, at home test can help to provide some clarity. However, if you want to have 100% certainty that gluten is the problem, you need to see your doctor.
Okay, so you belong to the unfortunate 1% that have to do without gluten and not because it is trending right now? Congratulations! It has never been so fashionable before to go bread less.
Seriously! A such a huge change in your diet is incredibly difficult and can even seem like a crisis. What can you still eat? How expensive will it be? Will your social life suffer if you can't have pizza, pasta or beer?
For those that find themselves in this new and uncomfortable situation, this book, with a tongue-in-cheek title, is a great way to become introduced to a gluten-free life. There are shopping tips, explanations about food labeling, recipes and more. This five-in-one book will have you covered for just about any gluten intolerant info.
Mulled wine that comes premade can contain ingredients, like separating agents, that have gluten. Of course, you can make your own mulled wine from scratch or use a gluten free mix, like the one from Lush. Lush makes it easy, just mix and warm it up. This beverage will keep you warm during the cold winter days.
Gingerbread is one of the most classic and icon Christmas favorites. Enjoy Life's gingerbread cookies are soft and delicious. It might be a surprise that these cookies aren't expensive. Made from rice, sorghum and buckwheat flours, these cookies will fill your nostrils with that yummy gingerbread aroma.
Biscotti, handmade in small batches meets gluten free ingredients. Perhaps, too tasty to give as a gift, these crunchy cookies are a great find. They don't have to be enjoyed only during the holidays! Goes great with a mug of hot coffee.
Delicious doesn't have too mean super sweet. ChocZero's Chocolate Bark is a great way to enjoy chocolate in a slightly healthier way. Gluten free but with no added sugar either. Get it with hazelnuts, almonds or coconut. It is low-carb too so you can eat even more cookies later.
Dark chocolate isn't just good for you, it is also delicious. At 80% cacao, Taza Chocolates Cacao Crunch is definitely delicious. It has cacao nibs mixed into it to add a special flavorful crunch. Taza grinds their cacao with stone wheels, creating a unique and satisfying gritty texture.
RSP makes mouth watering brownies that are high in protein, low in sugar and high in fiber. These are great to keep in your pocket while out and about power shopping. There are other flavors besides fudge brownie, like birthday cake!
A cookie assortment is found at any holiday party. Being gluten free shouldn't mean that you can't participate. Bring a box of Lara Bar Minis to share.
Who doesn't love delicious caramel waffle cookies? These dutch classics are also available wheat-free! Hot tip: heat these up in the microwave for a few seconds. It makes the caramel gooey and the aroma wafts through the air.
Scarfing down treats without gluten is possible What else should you know about celiac disease?
First, a gluten free diet will not automatically make you healthier. In the U.S., only about 1% of the population has celiac disease (the most common type of gluten intolerance). So, a gluten-free diet is really only necessary for those that really suffer from celiac disease.
Following the gluten free trend to lose weight is only beneficial if other things like vegetables, fruits and legumes are replacing the wheat. This is because many gluten free foods contain less fiber and more sweeteners. By cutting out gluten from their diet, the digestive system of healthy people can become hypersensitive to gluten.
Gluten is a protein. It has some characteristics that are especially useful for bakers. Since it can be both elastic and stable at the same time, air bubbles in the dough can expand a lot while holding the dough together. This results in light, airy breads, rolls and pastries. Without gluten, most traditional baked goods wouldn't exist.
From a molecular point of view, gluten comes from two groups of proteins: prolamins and glutelins. Wheat gluten consists of gliadin and glutenin but other sources, like rye gluten, are made of secalin and secalinin. This means the gluten is actually an umbrella term but is used synonymously for wheat gluten. Gluten only develops when prolamin and glutelin combine with moisture, like when flour is mixed with water and kneaded.
Why can gluten be unhealthy?
Gluten isn't exactly harmful. It is the gliadin, one of the components of gluten, that can lead to allergic reactions and inflammation of the intestinal walls of people with celiac disease. The influence of gliadin on the intestines could also be responsible for secondary diseases such as multiple sclerosis, type 1 diabetes, psoriasis, Berger's disease and rheumatoid arthritis. Even if the range of gluten-products makes you think otherwise, don't forget that only about 1% of the world's population is affected by gliadin hypersensitivity, a.k.a. gluten intolerance.
That is why it is important to get tested to see if you really are suffering from gluten intolerance or if it might only be specific wheat products that causes problems.