Even if your body isn’t totally gluten intolerant, and even if you haven’t been instructed to follow a gluten free diet by a medical professional, we’re sure you’ve heard the term “gluten free” before and know that for some people, eating gluten free foods is a way of life. But although it may seem simple – all you have to do is avoid gluten, right? – you can still make a mistake when following this type of meal plan. Below, we outline three common mistakes that you should avoid if you’re testing out a gluten free diet for the first time:
Failing To Look At The Big Picture
When you’re in the comfort of your own home, you can’t just consider the ingredients you use to cook certain foods – you have to think about everything, including the tools you use to whip up a meal. For example, if you recently used a bowl to mix ingredients that had gluten in them, make sure you wash it thoroughly before making something that is supposed to be gluten free to ensure that not even the smallest trace gets left behind.
Making Snacking Your New Habit
Considering how many people do rely on gluten free diets, it’s no surprise that gluten free foods have made a name for themselves in super markets. However, just because something is “gluten free” doesn’t mean you can consume more of it than you usually would and still stay healthy. As health.com puts it, “quality and quantity still matter most,” so don’t start getting into bad habits with your gluten free foods.
Not Knowing The Real Meaning of Gluten Free
“Gluten free” and “wheat free” do not necessarily mean the same thing. If you’re instructed to follow a gluten free diet for medical purposes, it’s important to know that gluten can hide in certain ingredients used to make things such as whole grain breads. As a result, you need to truly understand what gluten free means so that you know what to look for when substituting certain foods.
As your family restaurant, we at Chip’s want to make sure that there is something for everyone to enjoy on our menu – even for those who are required to follow a gluten free diet. That’s why we have a gluten friendly menu! For more information about the gluten friendly menu items we offer, please do not hesitate to ask anyone at each of our restaurants. We hope to see you soon!