Gluten-Free Food Expo This Saturday at South Florida Fairgrounds

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Try gluten free pastas at the Gluten Free Food Expo.
Pasta and bread are some of the foods that are universally liked in the world.  Almost every culture has a noodle dish or makes some rustic farm bread. But people with gluten intolerance can't enjoy products like wheat, barley, and rye, which contain gluten and related proteins.

This has started an entire new food industry. Gluten-free pastas, breads, even beers have made it easier for people with Celiac disease to eat good-tasting gluten-free foods.  In fact, there's an entire expo devoted to trying and discovering gluten-free foods.

The Gluten Free Food Expo at the South Florida Fairgrounds this Saturday, February 18 will allow people to discover gluten-free foods from about 100 vendors.  Vendors will provide samples of foods, with most foods available for sale at the expo.  Vendors include Woodchuck Hard Cider, Tia's Bakery, Pirate Brands, Nana's Cookie Company, Larabars, Kettle Cuisine, Full Flavor Foods, and Conte's Pasta Co. Inc.
The expo is hosted by the Celiac Disease Foundation South Florida Chapter and runs from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Admission is $5 per person, with a maximum of $15 per family.  Free parking is provided.

According to the Celiac Disease Foundation South Florida Chapter, one in 133 Americans may have Celiac disease, also known as gluten intolerance. The numbers go up if a blood relative is afflicted with the disease -- to one in 22. 

For people with Celiac disease, eating gluten sets off a chain reaction that causes the body's immune system to attack the cells of the small intestine. Because it interferes with absorption of nutrients, symptoms of Celiac disease include chronic diarrhea, bloating and weight loss. If unteated, the disease can lead to joint pain, fatigue, weakness, depression, osteoporosis, iron-deficiency anemia, and infertility.

Switching to a gluten-free diet is usually all it takes to reverse the above symptoms and allows Celiacs to live a normal life.


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gluten free pasta
gluten free pasta

Parties will always have pasta and bread and it will not be complete without these food. I have discovered too that this can help people with Celiac disease and I am happy that I change my food options.  

gluten free foods restaurants
gluten free foods restaurants

 By checking beforehand in a non busy time, you can find if the restaurant is happy to cook your pasta (you bring from home) or whatever gluten alternative product they don't have. After all, don't they need you as a worthwhile loyal customer? If not, don't worry, there are many gluten free restaurants in the book.

gluten free foods restaurants
gluten free foods restaurants

 On the subject of asking about g free, it unquestionably helps if the gluten free restaurant openly exhibits signs expressing that they are gluten free knowledgeable or have g-free menu foods. If they do not, some celiac like to display a gluten free definition card which aptly describes the disease and what foods they can not consume. Preferably a celiac should to have dining companions who are supportive, maybe even ones who will proactively request the gluten free query for them.

gluten free foods restaurants
gluten free foods restaurants

 By checking beforehand in a non busy time, you can find if the restaurant is happy to cook your pasta (you bring from home) or whatever gluten alternative product they don't have. After all, don't they need you as a worthwhile loyal customer? If not, don't worry, there are many gluten free restaurants in the book.

gluten free foods restaurants
gluten free foods restaurants

 If you can't determine menus about a restaurant or café before leaving your house, then telephone ahead. Perhaps make certain you have a couple of choices in the area, just in case a 'gluten free' restaurant is just claiming the certification to increase patrons, but knows zero about gluten free. Trust me, it happens more than you might think.

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