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Following a gluten-free diet requires educating yourself about which foods you can eat and which are off limits. It’s now widely known that wheat-free and gluten-free are not the same thing, but there are other details of label-reading that are important to learn as well. The good news: along with the FDA’s new standards for gluten-free products and voluntary product labeling by manufacturers, every month more great-tasting gluten-free products are showing up on store shelves. Follow these steps to get started shopping:
Dining at restaurants on a gluten-free diet is surprisingly straightforward. Servers at sit-down restaurants are usually happy to consult with guests about special diets, and they’ll talk to the chef for you. Ask what you can have, instead of what you can’t. It’s always a plus if you can call ahead to find out what the restaurant offers. Alert your friends ahead of time when you’re invited to dine at someone’s home.
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If you have dietary restrictions and/or allergies, always read the ingredient list carefully for all products prior to consumption. If the ingredient list is not available on the product, check with the product manufacturer, or do not consume the product.