Gluten Free? What does that mean? It seems like everyone knows at least a few people who are no longer eating gluten. For many it is a choice, but for others it is a necessity.
Celiac Disease (sometimes also called gluten intolerance) is an autoimmune disorder that affects an estimated 1 in 133 Americans. People with celiac disease have an autoimmune disorder that is triggered by consumption of gluten (a protein found in wheat, barley and rye). The only treatment for this disorder is to eliminate sources of gluten from the diet. In addition some have gluten sensitivity. Gluten sensitivity can develop at any point in life. It develops as a consequence of genetics, meaning that it runs in families. Blood tests can help your doctor find out if you have the disease. Gluten free foods are dietary foods consisting of or made only from one or more ingredients that do not contain wheat, rye, barley, oats, and the gluten level does not exceed 20mg/kg in total.
Fortunately grocery stores are stocking more of these products. However even with such products, eating gluten free can be overwhelming. Earning what to eat and how to prepare foods “gluten-free” can be simplified however by following certain guidelines. Also there are many delicious food groups that are gluten free.
Come and learn about these tips and guidelines at the Gluten Free Cooking Class and Grocery Tour. These will be offered in partnership with UT Extension, Food City and the Healthy Living Kitchen of UT Medical Center.
On April 19, 2016, Food City Registered Dietician Elizabeth Hall will present a class on Gluten Free Cooking with recipe samples. Class will be from 10–11:30 a.m. at the UT Extension Office. Fee is $5 and registration is needed.
On May 17, 2016 the UT Healthy Living Kitchen will lead a Gluten Free Grocery Tour at Food City on Dolly Parton Parkway. The tour will be from 10–11:30 a.m. No fee, however registration is required.
For both events, register by contacting Linda Hyder at UT Extension 865-453-3695 or [email protected].
Increase your confidence of being gluten free by joining others to learn menu planning, cooking and shopping tips basics.