These links are certified gluten and wheat free. I was researching gluten free foods for a friend whose child has been recently diagnosed with celiac disease, and has chronic reflux and other digestive issues. Gluten is found in wheat and other grains (so, in pretty much everything), and celiac disease and wheat allergies are common and commonly misdiagnosed. I decided to put them the links on here in case anyone knows anyone who may need such information.
Parents of children who are…what is the new-to-me term I read in Brain, child magazine?…neurologically diverse, especially on the autism spectrum, often try wheat and dairy free diets with varying success.
I heard a show on celiac disease a while ago on NPR, and they said it is so common, so misdiagnosed, and so treatable with such great benefits (a serious reduction in GI complaints and reduced rate of colon cancer) that some countries are requiring celiac disease screening for all infants. It is a simple blood test. I think anyone with chronic gastric complaints should get a screening. Perhaps all kids, since some people can have celiac and be asymptomatic. I have a friend who was vegetarian and died from colon cancer when he was younger than 30. I would be willing to wager he had undiagnosed celiac disease.
Celiac Sprue Association Glossary of Grains and Flours Lots of other great links on that site.
Vegetarian Society’s Guide to a Gluten-free Diet
Living Without is a beautiful magazine for people on restrictive diets of all kinds, especially wheat and dairy free.
Gluten-Free Diet Guide for Families (pdf)is a wonderful booklet with info and food lists.
The Gluten-Free Diet Guide has this to say about oats:
“WHAT ABOUT OATS?
Many recent studies indicate that the protein found in oats may not be harmful to most people with celiac disease. However, there is concern that the oats may be contaminated
with wheat during the milling and processing. Please consult your physician or dietitian before adding oats to your child’s diet.”
The glossary of grains and flours gives them a big red “NO” mark. When I used to work in the health food industry, many parents did have their kids eating oats, which I think are an incredibly healthy food. Please consult with your health care practitioner, your internet, and your own brain, and then consider this recipe, which I am eating right now as I type this:
Gingered Apricot Oatmeal
It is so good.