Gluten Free the Price We Pay

So why are Gluten free food products so expensive? It seems that gluten free breads and other such products are 5 to 6 times more expensive than similar wheat based product.

Supply and demand may be a part of this situation. More land is allocated to wheat crops than any other food crop. World trade in wheat is greater than for all other crops combined. Wheat is the most important source of carbohydrate in a majority of countries.

The USA is the third largest wheat producer in the world after Peoples Republic of China and India. With rice, wheat is the world’s most favored staple food.

The average America consumed 133 pounds of wheat flour in 2004. That is about 6 oz. or 1 cup of wheat flour a day on average. Wheat is an inexpensive and very filling grain that is in almost everything in the American diet.

Wheat provides more nourishment for humans than any other food source. It is a major diet component because of the wheat plant’s ability to grow from near arctic regions to equator, from sea level to plains of Tibet. Wheat offers ease of storage and versatility.

Wheat protein is easily digested by nearly 99% of human population. That is about .5 to 1 percent of the world population cannot. Mathematically speaking we could assume by those numbers between 35 to 70 million people worldwide have some form of celiac disease.

Ethanol Fuel

Rising gas prices have hit everyone’s wallet pretty hard. Not only do we pay more at the pump but also at the grocery store. It costs money to ship our food from farm to factory to store. One more effect of Ethanol fuel is that it is made from crops such as corn, sugar cane, and manioc.

These crops use a lot of land, decreasing areas that food crops can be grown, thus increasing food prices of crops, meat and poultry. Live which eat crops and use land as well. World ethanol production for transport fuel tripled between 2000 and 2007 from 17 billion to more than 52 billion liters.

Therefore wheat is a common, inexpensive and favorable food staple that you or someone you love cannot eat. We are the one percent that has little choice in how much our food will cost.

Chick-Fil-A

I personally love the waffle fries and the lemonade, Make it a meal with their grilled nuggets and Polynesian sauce yum yum!!

For anyone who has intolerance to gluten (wheat, barley, rye, triticale, oats and spelt) Below is a list of  menu items for your gluten-free diet.  While we don’t have a gluten free prep area for these items, our procedures have been written to avoid cross contamination.

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Chick-fil-A® Chargrilled Chicken Filet: (no bun)
Chick-fil-A® Chargrilled Chicken Garden Salad

Chick-fil-A® Chargrilled Chicken & Fruit Salad:

SIDE ITEMS

Side Salad Fruit cup Cole Slaw Carrot & Raisin Salad

Chick-fil-A Waffle Potato Fries®: (cooked in separate fryers from the chicken)

BREAKFAST

Yogurt Parfait (no topping)
Hashbrowns (available for breakfast only) (cooked in separate fryers from the chicken)

American cheese , Bacon ,Sausage, Egg

KID’S MEALS

Chick-fil-A® Grilled nuggets ,Applesauce

DESSERTS

Ice Dream® Cup ,Chocolate syrup, Blueberry Topping

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BEVERAGES

All beverages are gluten free

DIPPING SAUCES, DRESSINGS & TOPPINGS

Barbecue Sauce, Honey Mustard Sauce, Honey Roasted BBQ Sauce

Polynesian Sauce, Chick-fil-A Buffalo Sauce, Chick-fil-A Sauce

Buttermilk Ranch Sauce, Spicy Dressing, Blue Cheese Dressing

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Buttermilk Ranch Dressing, Thousand Island Dressing

Light Italian Dressing, Fat Free Dijon Honey Mustard Dressing

Caesar Dressing, Reduced Fat Berry Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing

Tortilla Strips

CONDIMENTS

Ketchup, Mustard, Mayonnaise, Light Mayonnaise

Apple Jelly, Grape Jelly ,Mixed Fruit Jelly

I’ll Try Anything: Laura Bradford Can Help You Change your Diet

Laura Bradford helps people with gluten and wheat intolerance issues. Laura works at Real Foods Market Located in Orem, Utah. You can stop by to set up an appointment to talk to Laura. She says “You have to eliminate all grains and heal your gut lining in your stomach. You also have to take lots of enzymes to heal everything. And then you can start eating different types of sprouted grains.” Her services are free of charge. The store sells the enzymes and other groceries that can help you heal. Your intestinal lining is most likely damaged if you are gluten intolerant.

Real Foods Market

Noodles & Company

So if you are gluten free you probably want to stay away from noodles. That is unless the pasta is not made of wheat. I recently went to Noodles & Company. I ordered the Pad Thai it was yummy. So its nice to know you have options when friends want to go to this restaurant. I go out to eat a lot with my boyfriend who will be happy to know there are other options than just sushi, salads, and nachos.

“We sell noodles, and a lot of them, so we can’t guarantee that your food won’t come into contact with gluten, but we will do our best to accommodate your request. So if you’re looking to reduce gluten, try these dishes with rice noodles. There is no gluten in the ingredients”

Penne Rosa
Pesto Cavatappi
Pasta Fresca
Whole Grain Tuscan Linguine Spaghetti with Marinara
Buttered Noodles

Here are some other dishes you might try that do not have gluten in the ingredients:

Pad Thai
Chinese Chop Salad with fat-free Asian dressing and

no wonton strips
The Med Salad without cavatappi noodles
Caesar Salad without croutons
Tossed Green Side Salad with fat-free Asian dressing  Cucumber Tomato Side Salad

Nutrition info

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Sick and Tired

“My insides hurt,” I have uttered that phrase often to my family and friends, who for years have thought of me as a hypochondriac.  Every day for as long as I can remember I have felt sick and tired. Multiple visits to doctors and specialists only resulted in bills.  I was told my blood test and specimen samples came back “clean”. Unfortunately I am not sure what they tested me for. After living a year and a half in Hawaii eating mostly meat and sticky rice I realized this seemingly unhealthy Polynesian diet didn’t make me feel as sick as my normal American diet. Finally I hit a breaking point. I was sick of being sick. It was time to take my health into my own hands. “Wheat or dairy”, was I gluten intolerant or lactose intolerant? I had the symptoms of both. While visiting my parents I stopped eating anything that contained wheat. I felt better my insides didn’t hurt, I was in a better mood and I wasn’t so tired. A professional has not diagnosed me with celiac disease. In the future I may look into other test to verify my self-diagnosis. This site will take you along with me as I: research about the disease, see what a celiac can eat at restaurants, review gluten free products, and share some recipes I come up with.