Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Food Allergies and Whole Foods

Today I was at Whole Foods market in Annapolis.  I am so glad that they mark Gluten Free items with special signs.  However, make sure that you read what is in the product. Often you will find corn, soy, canola oil, dairy and other allergens.  I try to steer away from corn and soy because they have similar proteins to gluten which I am already allergic to.  I also try to go organic whenever the option is available.
Pamela's cookies are good but they are dry which is often a problem with gluten free items.  I prefer a cookie with butter or coconut oil to give is some moisture.  Pamela's makes a chocolate chip shortbread cookie but it is hard to find.  I cannot find it at Whole Foods, but Wegman's carries it.
I love the sweet sorghum flour, tapioca flour and potato starch at Whole Foods.  I use them together in different amounts in many recipes.  I can also find unrefined peanut oil for frying there.  If you have a peanut allergy, you can use coconut oil.
Don't forget to send me a recipe or two that you want me to try to convert to gluten (and other) free.

Enjoy your gluten free journey which leads to better health!

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