Some people are either allergic to gluten or have celiac disease, while others are simply steering clear of gluten for the health benefits of eliminating or reducing it in their diet. The gluten found in wheat, it is said, can be difficult to digest and lead to inflammation and other uncomfortable conditions.
So what do you do if you're choosing either permanently or "for now" to cut back or cut out the gluten? Can you still enjoy food? Eat out? Indulge in a brownie or cookie or even, at birthday bashes, some yummy cake? The answer, resoundingly, is "Yes! Yes you can!"
Gluten-free does not mean flavor-free, not by a long shot.
Gluten-free products will not contain barley, oats, rye or wheat, but quinoa, amaranth, teff, Montina, sorghum, millet and buckwheat are still on the menu. There are flourless chocolate cakes and brownies, pancakes and waffles, and burritos to be had.
To learn more about cooking and eating delicious gluten-free meals, desserts, breakfasts and snacks, please follow these links:
As with any change in your diet, please discuss your health with your physician and gather expert advice whenever necessary. Certain food items may taste better than others depending on their preparation and always remember, fresh fruits and vegetable will sustain you when the going gets tough.
Aimee Boyle is a regular contributor to EmpowHER. She lives on the shoreline of CT with her beautiful family.