As we’ve talked about previously, one of the biggest challenges for those of us eating gluten or grain free is knowing whether we have safe food. Cross Contact is always a potential threat, specifically when we eat out but even when we are buying food from the grocery store. Let’s talk about some ways that we can help ensure the food we are eating is of good quality and will not make us sick.
Start with the Basics
One of the best ways to help ensure we are eating safe food is to make it from scratch. Additives to food are some of the most frequent ways gluten gets into our food. If we make the food ourselves, especially from whole foods, we have the best idea of what exactly is going in our food.
Grow it Yourself
Even when we cook from scratch, if we don’t know the purity of the ingredients we are starting with, we can still have problems. The best way to ensure you’re using safe food is to produce it yourself. I highly recommend growing as much of your own food as possible. You are going to be able to get the most flavor, nutrition, and purity out of the things that you have grown out of your own back yard. Growing your own food is also a fantastic thing to do with your kids!
Know Your Farmer
Maybe you cannot grow your own food for some reason, or at least not enough. The next best thing is to find someone to buy it from that you can get to know, and even visit where they grow your food. Farmers Markets are fantastic for this reason. Most farmers market do not allow the resale of products. It’s always a good idea to double check on each markets standards though. When you buy from your direct producer you can get the most accurate answer to your questions. Instead of buying from some faceless company who you are not even directly buying from you can buy from the direct producer of your food. You can determine if you trust them or not, and you can intimately know where your food comes from. Check our a local farmer’s market like the one that we take part in!
Know the Manufacturer
Last but not least, if you cannot grow your own food or you cannot buy it locally from a farmer you can trust, dig into the manufacturer. Read their website in depth, find out their processes and if or how they ensure that their products don’t come into cross contact with gluten. Contact them for further information if their website does not have the answers. Get to know them just as much or more than you would a local producer.
Last but not least is to take a deep breath and relax. Is making sure our food is safe important? Yes! Do I care deeply about making sure myself or my kids do not get sick because of cross contact? Absolutely! I also know that there is only so much that I can do. At some point I have to just take the leap and move forward with the best information possible.
Remember the closer to the source of your food you can get, the better you will know the purity of it. Cook from scratch and grow as much as possible. If you can’t grow your own food, get to know the people who do.
Make it a tasty day,