10. Look for a GF certification seal.
When you are looking for gluten-free products, a seal of approval from one of the groups that certify gluten-free foods can give you an increased level of confidence in their safety.
The Gluten Intolerance Group and the Celiac Support Association both offer certification for products that meet their standards. To use the GIG seal, a product must be tested and found to contain less than 10 parts per million of gluten. In addition, GIG auditors review ingredients and do an on-site inspection. CSA puts its recognition seal on products that test to less than 5 ppm of gluten. CSA also reviews the process, equipment and ingredients a company uses.
For the gluten-free consumer, these seals guarantee that gluten cross-contamination from all sources, including growing, harvesting, transportation and processing, is measured and limited.
11. Solve the bread challenge.
Bread should remain a staple in your daily diet. You can buy a variety of ready-made gluten-free breads. Some supermarkets and most health food stores carry them, as do chains like Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s. Or you can order on the Internet.
If you like to bake, you can bake your own bread. To make the job easier, consider buying a bread machine. With a bread machine and a ready-made bread mix or gluten-free baking supplies, you will always have fresh gluten-free bread available. The delightful aroma of baking bread will instantly make you feel better about going gluten free. Although bread machines may seem expensive, they can be especially helpful in the gluten-free kitchen and may save you money in the long run.
Initially the taste and consistence of gluten-free bread might seem odd, but don’t make any snap decisions. Try all gluten-free food at least twice. Or if you don’t like the initial taste, try toasting the bread. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you adapt.