When you decide to start eating a gluten free diet, the benefits are overwhelming. For starters, you are getting rid of a lot of foods which are unhealthy for you. For example, you no longer would be eating fried foods, or desserts with high sugar content. You would be eating more fruit and vegetables because they are gluten free, which helps reduce your cholesterol levels as well as keep your blood sugar levels under control if you happen to be diabetic.

People who suffer from celiac disease, or gluten intolerance, are forced to avoid gluten because of the inflammation it causes to their small intestines.  Symptoms can include diarrhea, weight loss or malnutrition.  The good news is that these symptoms can usually be maintained by eating a gluten free diet.

Below is a list of some of our favorite gluten free foods that you can find either in the store or online:

  • Altiplano Gold Natural Instant Quinoa Cereal: This cereal has two times the iron of regular oatmeal. It has protein filled quinoa in a flaky texture that gives the cereal 3 times the fiber of regular oatmeal.
  • Sunbutter Crunch Snack Bar: This snack, made by Life Foods, has crispy brown rice and sunflower-seed butter in it. This unique combination makes the snack tastes like a peanut butter bar but with fiber, protein and unsaturated fats.
  • Bionaturae Gluten Free Spaghetti and Amy’s Kitchen Single Serve GF Rice Crust Pizza: These surprisingly gluten free foods will help the sauce lover in you. The spaghetti’s made from rice, soy and potato. The pizza has a rice crust with soy cheese.
  • Mariposa Bakery triple Chocolate Truffle Brownies: The bakery’s located in Oakland California, and it has mail order! Its brownies are definitely for the chocolate lover. The brownies are made from organic brown rice flour, local eggs and dairy combined with Guittard chocolate. The brownies come in three mouthwatering flavors.
  • Chex cereals: Chex cereal’s gluten free and has a variety of flavors. It comes in Chocolate, Rice, Corn, Cinnamon and Honey Nut. The Chex Company also has recipes for the use of Chex cereals for a variety of delicious snacks.
  • Cheese slices: Most of the processed chesses are gluten free, but always read the side panels to make sure.
  • Potatoes: Some people may think that potatoes have gluten in them, they don’t. They’re gluten free.

Don’t get frustrated when you first begin you gluten free diet. Before long you will begin to see and feel the benefits of your healthier choices.

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