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Bread, pasta, chips, tortillas, cookies, cakes, cereal, crackers, gravy, and oats.  What do all of these foods have in common?  The answer is that they all contain gluten.  Until the last few years, I had never even heard of gluten, and now it’s a topic in nearly every conversation.  Why? You ask.  Because people all over the world, especially the united states have developed an intolerance to the sneaky little monster we call gluten.  It’s in nearly EVERYTHING!

May is Celiac Disease awareness month and I think it’s become more relevant than ever to discuss this disease and the naughty culprit.  I have met several people who suffer from this disease and the dietary restrictions placed on them are enough to drive someone mad.  For someone who is diagnosed with this disease, over half of their diet, in most cases, is now off limits.  They are now forced to follow a gluten free diet.  So what exactly can and can’t you eat on a gluten free diet?  Let’s find out.

As mentioned above, there is a long list of “to don’t-s” when you are gluten intolerant, or just trying to eat more cleanly.  Most foods that Americans grab and eat on the go just don’t make the cut.  Luckily, due to the increasing demand, food companies and manufactures are adding more and more gluten free product the shelves of popular stores. Here is a list of foods that are OK, in their natural forms: Beans, seeds, nuts, fresh eggs, fruits vegetables and dairy.  But what about dessert? You’re in luck, there are several websites that offer gluten free dessert recipes such as flour-less chocolate cakes or baked apples.

Gluten intolerance, more specifically Celiac Disease, can really throw a wrench in your food storage and emergency preparedness planning.  Lucky for you, most, if not all, eFoods food storage products are delicious and gluten free!

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