I get asked frequently about gluten in foods. I’m not a dietitian, but a good friend is, and she’s told me she thinks I have a mild problem with gluten. So I do know a little about the subject from what she’s taught me. There are many grains that contain gluten, and those grains are in so many foods. Wheat, rye, barley and oats all contain gluten. Look on the ingredient list of the breads and cereals you have in your house. Chances are, you’ll find those ingredients listed. If they’re listed, there is most likely gluten in the food. If you suspect that gluten is causing you pain or digestive problems, stay away from those grains and opt for gluten-free versions. You don’t have to give up bread and cereal. Most stores now have entire sections devoted to gluten-free. My favorite gluten-free bread is Honey Oat Bread from Whole Foods. I love this bread. Each slice is filled with wholesome yumminess, and my belly never feels bad after I eat it. I also find gluten-free lemon poppy seed bread, cream biscuits, blueberry muffins and more at Whole Foods. If you’re having tummy troubles, try switching to gluten-free products like my fave Honey Oat Bread and see if that doesn’t make a difference.
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