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With roughly 20 million Americans who are gluten free and 22 million who are vegetarian-inclined, multitudes of special-dieters are looking to sink their teeth into gluten-free, meatless food thats delicious and satisfying. Vegetarian-inclined are those who never eat meat, those who eat meat sometimes and meat-eaters trying to consume more vegetables; the latter two are called flexitarians.
Dont let food sensitivities and allergies dampen your celebration or prevent you from having the wedding reception of your dreams. These crowd-pleasing treats are both lovely and delicious. No one will ever suspect that your dessert menu is gluten free and allergy friendly.
As the old saw goes, Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Indeed, research shows that carving out time for a nutritious meal before tackling the day can bestow numerous health benefits. Case in point: Australian researchers have recently determined that adults who skip breakfast have a higher risk of heart disease than their peers who enjoy a morning meal. Check out these Gluten-Free Breakfast Bowl Recipes.
Whether youre entertaining guests or having a family night at home, its fun to prepare and serve a variety of small plates of nutritious foods that are safe and delicious for everyone. Kids love the variety and the small portions, just right for little hands. Gluten-free bite-size servings encourage sampling and are an inviting way to introduce new foods to picky eaters.
Living with special dietary needs requires a spirit of adventure and a willingness to try new tastes. It also demands patience, planning and an understanding of certain medical, dietary and lifestyle situations that regularly occur. Whether you're newly diagnosed with celiac disease or an old hand on the gluten-free diet, there are still myths about the diet that seem to have a life of their own, apart from medicine or even common sense.
For additional information about celiac disease and gluten sensitivity, check out these resources.
If you have a dairy allergy, chances are youve heard this question many times: So, youre lactose intolerant, right? Those with dairy issues commonly encounter confusion over milk intolerance and milk allergy. Over the years, Ive received questions from relatives who cant understand why tiny amounts of milk could be deadly for me, from new acquaintances who are curious about my dietary needs and from restaurant waitstaff who are confused by my special-diet requests. Sound familiar?
Gluten intolerance is widely used to describe anyone who has symptoms after eating gluten that are relieved when its removed from the diet. If you have celiac disease, you are, by definition, gluten intolerant. But it is possible to be gluten intolerant and not have celiac disease.