Diabetes and a Gluten Free Diet

Can Gluten Cause Diabetes? Research has definitely made several links between gluten and diabetes, but before we dive into the connection, let’s define diabetes.  Diabetes is a chronic health condition that affects how the body turns food into energy.  In simplified terms, carbohydrate-containing food that we eat gets broken down into sugar (or glucose) by […]

What Is Cross Contamination?

WHAT IS CROSS CONTAMINATION? Perhaps you’ve heard the phrase cross contamination. It’s commonly used in reference to food contamination with bacteria, for example, not using a clean cutting board to cut vegetables after cutting raw chicken. This type of cross contamination in a cooking space can put you at risk of foodborne illness or food […]

Gluten Free Beer

Gluten Free Beer Traditional beer is made from water, yeast, hops, and wheat, rye, or barley. Obviously, the inclusion of these gluten-containing grains mean that traditional beer contains gluten. As gluten-free diets are on the rise, the demand for a gluten-free option to traditional beer is high. Of course, manufacturers have been quick to respond […]

Is Spelt Gluten Free?

There’s been a rise in popularity of so-called “ancient grains” recently. The irony is that as the name suggests, grains like spelt, millet, and farro have been around a long time, but are only now getting renewed attention. The reason for their spotlight is that many claim that they are more nutritious than modern grains. […]

Is Maltodextrin Gluten Free?

Those of us who avoid gluten and are generally health conscious have become accustomed to reading food labels carefully for unwanted ingredients. In doing so, you may have come across one that has raised some questions – maltodextrin. So I wanted to address the relatively unknown ingredient, maltodextrin. What is it, is it gluten-free, and […]