Gluten-free Kristen Estima Sodexo Dietetic Intern July 2013
What is Gluten? • Gluten are proteins found in wheat, barley and rye. • For people who have Celiac Disease or Gluten Sensitivity, whenever they ingest gluten, their immune system attacks the body (such as the intestines) and causes inflammation. Food not allowed on a gluten-free diet: -Wheat -Barley -Rye -Oats (unless gluten-free) These ingredients are found in flour, breads, pasta, cereals, cakes, pastries and cookies.
Recommended foods • Potatoes • Quinoa • Buckwheat • Rice • Corn • Nuts • Beans • Soy • Seeds • Rice/almond flour
Meal substitutions • Breakfast: Instead of toast, you can have an omelet. • Lunch: Instead of a sandwich, you can have a bean taco made of corn tortillas. • Snacks: Instead of crackers and cookies, you can have yogurt and fruit. • Dinner: Instead of fried chicken, you can have baked chicken (not breaded) with vegetables and rice.
Common foods that contain wheat • Bouillon cubes • Brown rice syrup • Hot dogs/sausages • French fries • Gravy • Certain processed soups • Soy sauce • Most store bought sauces
Avoid cross contamination • Whenever foods containing gluten come in contact with gluten-free foods, they become contaminated and put people with gluten intolerance in danger. • Using separate utensils for each food is recommended. Ex: On the salad bar, if the crouton utensil is used for the raisins, the raisins which are naturally gluten-free, become contaminated. • When making a gluten-free meal for a customer, if the same gloves are used, there is a chance you just contaminated that person’s food. (After making sandwiches, for example) • Gluten-free foods must be stored separate from gluten containing foods.
NOT Sure? • If a customer comes to you with the request for a gluten-free meal and you’re not sure what foods are allowed. Make sure to ask for your manager, supervisor or dietitian on staff. Do not chance it! • Giving someone with Celiac Disease a meal with gluten, can make them very ill.
The end • Thanks for your attention!! • Questions??