Saturday, January 24, 2009

Is There A Culprit?

The other day I was trying a recipe with chicken all raring to go, when my husband chanced upon soy sauce on my kitchen work table and that was the end it. Apart from the obvious like the biscuits, chocolates, cakes and pizzas many of us are not aware of the lurking dangers in our own kitchens. Again GFCF followers fall in a spectrum if I may put it that way, because there are families that use separate utensils to cook GFCF. I follow this in a limited way .I use a separate roti  tawa and rolling pin for him. I use fresh oil or a different vessel when I deep fry things for him, when the recipe calls for the use of GFCF flour. There are some families that allow a cup of dahi. This is so because GFCF diet is a self imposed thing that you have thrusted upon yourself and every family has its own permissible limits. But having followed if strictly last 6 months, I personally feel it has to be a zero tolerance to gluten and casein in any form to see perceivable difference. It is a huge balancing act of providing the child a healthy balanced diet, with so many restrictions imposed on you, but  at the end it is extremely rewarding. 
Here are some of the hidden culprits :
  • Soy sauce

  • Whey products

  • Chocolate powders

  • Milk in any form skimmed, powder , low fat, Non fat, non -dairy creamer, goat’s milk

  • Caramel colouringAsafoetida when bought in a solid form

  • Butter

  • Gravy mixes

  • Barley flour

  • Oats

  • Malt vinegar

  • White vinegar

  • Noodles

  • Pasta

  • Macroni

  • Yogurt

  • Buttermilk

  • Readymade sauces and ketchups


  • There are GFCF free soy sauce, chocolate chips, vinegar,yeast available  abroad, so one has to be that extra cautious and look at the labels before picking up something.Even your frozen french fries,chewing gum,packaged yeast,MSG,confectioner's sugar may also contain gluten.

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