The month of May has the distinction of being Celiac Awareness Month. As Bosch mixers are used to mix up not only breads with gluten but also gluten-free breads, we wanted to bring greater attention to celiac disease and ways to keep gluten-free in the kitchen.
What Is Celiac Disease?
Far from a passing dietary fad, celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder. That means when someone who has celiac disease eats something with gluten, their body attacks the small intestine. It happens in the small intestine as that is where we process much of the nutrients in our food.
These attacks damage the lining of the small intestine, leading to many other health-related issues, such as:
- Lactose intolerance
- Gastrointestinal cancers
- Peripheral and central nervous system disorders
- Mineral and vitamin deficiencies
- Gallbladder and pancreatic malfunction
- Neurological disorders
- Early onset of osteopenia or osteoporosis
Uncontrolled celiac disease shortens the lifespan of the sufferer as they struggle with many of the above health disorders. Another side-effect of undiagnosed/untreated celiac disease is the potential for developing another autoimmune disease. This potential rises as the age of diagnosis rises, with a 34% chance if you are over 20 at the time of diagnosis.
Ways To Avoid Gluten Cross-Contamination
Once celiac disease is identified and in the process of being treated, it is important to avoid any cross-contamination. Even if the person was previously able to eat food containing gluten, the symptoms of celiac disease will be more severe after the person with celiac has gone gluten-free. This happens because their body has become accustomed to weathering gluten-induced digestive damage.
To avoid gluten cross-contamination, there are a few steps you can take:
- Eliminate gluten from diet – Eliminating all gluten products from your household and diet is a tough step for many people, particularly a family where only one family members suffers from celiac disease. Yet, by taking this step, you can be sure to eliminate most potential gluten cross-contamination incidents.
- Buy separate kitchen tools – If you aren’t ready to toss out all your wheat flour, you can buy separate kitchen tools for preparing foods with gluten and your gluten-free cooking. You can even buy an extra Bosch mixing bowl and other attachments and designate them as gluten-free only. Make sure you store them in different areas, as even after washing there can be trace gluten elements.
- Clean thoroughly – Should you choose to try to just work around a gluten-intolerance with cleaning, you will need to clean any area and kitchen tool thoroughly. Not only will the tools need to be scoured with hot water and dish soap prior to use, but any surface you are using will need to be cleaned as thoroughly.
Try Some Delicious Gluten-Free Recipes
Break out your Bosch mixer and whip up some of these delicious gluten-free recipes.
- Gluten-free chocolate chip chickpea cookies
- Gluten-free buckwheat pizza crust
- Gluten-free challah bread
- Gluten-free donuts
- Gluten-free cheesy grits
- Gluten-free black bean brownies
- Gluten-free blueberry buckwheat muffins
- Gluten-free brown rice waffles
Feel free to surprise someone who suffers from celiac disease with one of these tasty foods to let them know that their difficulties aren’t going unnoticed.