Baking Starches

Ask The Expert: Substituting Starch

Substituting Starch Q:  Are tapioca starch and potato starch interchangeable? A: Yes, they are. But potato starch is a bit heavier than tapioca starch. So a recipe with a gluten-free flour blend that’s more than a quarter tapioca starch will be a little denser if you use potato starch instead. To alleviate this, replace 25 percent […]

Montreal style bagels on a plate with cream cheese and coffee

Is Cream Cheese Gluten Free?

Don’t worry—you can still have your breakfast staple on a gluten-free diet. Cream cheese is gluten free and gluten-free bagel options are plenty. A frequent morning staple in our house is bagels and cream cheese—at least it was until we became more carb conscious and then became gluten-free. Still, gluten-free bagels and cream cheese often […]

Saying No to Gluten

Just Diagnosed with Celiac Disease: Now What?

Get these 10 tips to gluten-free success for the just-diagnosed celiac. If you’ve just been told that you or a family member has celiac disease, it’s likely your head is spinning with information overload and you’re in a daze of disbelief. A celiac diagnosis isn’t the worst thing but it can feel like the end […]

What is Celiac Disease?

Celiac disease is the best known condition associated with an intolerance to gluten. It is an autoimmune disease where gluten causes a destruction of the lining of the small intestine. This is serious for two reasons: The small intestine is the part of the body that turns food into fuel and delivers that fuel to […]

What is Gluten Sensitivity?

Gluten sensitivity and non-celiac gluten sensitivity are the same thing. The important thing is to understand what gluten sensitivity is. When I wrote the book The Gluten Effect five years ago, it was specifically about gluten sensitivity. At the time there was no official agreement that the condition even existed. I am happy to say […]

What should you do if you can’t get tested?

Not everyone is able to get tested. What should you do if a formal lab test just isn’t possible? Eliminate gluten completely (absolutely no cheating) for 30 days and see how you feel. If you notice an improvement, that is a legitimate test. While I would never encourage you to reintroduce gluten into your diet […]