5 Blessings That Come With a Child on a Gluten-Free Diet
Posted Feb 07 2012 3:48pm
It seems that more and more children these days are diagnosed with celiac disease, a condition where the lining of the intestines is damaged so that they cannot absorb necessary nutrients. The damage is caused by a reaction to eating gluten, which is found in bread and pasta and many other products containing wheat.
You may think that a diagnosis like this for your child will be a hassle or burden for you and your child to bear, but it really can be a blessing in disguise. In this article, I want to point on the silver lining to teaching your child or children to eat gluten free (GF).
1. You start healthy eating habits young.
If your child has to begin a GF diet at a young age, it teaches your child to think about what is in the food that they eat. As well as looking for and avoiding gluten, you can use this opportunity to teach your child to look for healthy choices as well. Teach him or her about choosing healthy vegetables, monitoring their sugar intake and properly balancing a meal.
2. There are a ton of fun gluten free products.
Avoiding gluten doesn’t have to be a sacrifice of bread or chicken nuggets. A quick Google search reveals that there are tons of products out there that allow your child to eat the food that he or she loves. For example, try gluten free chicken nuggets or a gluten free bread machine . Have fun with it!
3. It doesn’t have to be expensive.
Search for coupons at stores that have gluten free products. You can bargain hunt for GF foods just like you would for clothing or other products. For example, Whole Foods has a gluten free coupon book . There are also lots of blogs out there that dedicate themselves to finding gluten free coupons and deals .
4. The gluten free market is growing.
As the number of gluten allergy and celiac disease diagnoses increase, so does the market for gluten free food. Many companies sell their gluten free products online especially. Here is an article all about the rise of the gluten free industry.
5. There is a ton of information at your fingertips.
I found that this article about children and the gluten free diet to be very informative. But there are many different places you can look to for help. You can ask your doctor, you can read articles, you can participate in forums, you can start your own forum or you can read blogs like this one to know that you are not alone.
So, if you have a child diagnosed with a condition that requires him or her to go gluten free, know that it is not the end of the world and there is still a bright future ahead for your child.