Looking for a mouthwatering, “I-will-eat-the-entire-thing-myself-if-someone-doesn’t-stop-me” gluten free appetizer to share at a party this holiday season? I may have just the thing for you, Gluten Free Hot Artichoke Dip! And for my readers who have other allergies and sensitivities, be sure to check out my recommendations on how to make this dip dairy-free, corn-free, grain-free, egg-free and soy-free!
It’s been a long while since I’ve had this dip myself (I made it for my sister), but I used to love it back in the day, served with crispy warm tortilla chips…yum!
Now, before I share the recipe I would like to take a moment and discuss “gluten free” grains for a moment. This is very important stuff to know, especially if you are new to the gluten free diet (little sister of mine: please pay attention to this) and ESPECIALLY if a gluten free diet is mandatory for your health, whether it be for celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity.
As it turns out, many naturally “gluten free” grains are in fact often contaminated by the toxic gluten proteins found in wheat, barley and/or rye (see this article and this article from Tricia Thompson, M.S., R.D.). So how does that happen you ask? Well, in order to understand how that could possibly happen, one needs to know a little about farming, crop rotation and food processing. I am not a farmer so I cannot elaborate with any level of expertise on the subject but all you need to know is that if a “gluten free” grain like corn has not been subjected to special handling from the field to the factory – and if the company does not test for the presence of gluten in the corn (or the rice, or the millet, or the sorghum, etc., etc.), then there is a very real chance that you might be getting much more than you bargained for in that bag of corn chips (or cheap rice flour at the Asian market)!
It is very important to buy products that are labeled gluten free (especially if they contain gluten free grains)…but even so, the “gluten free” label does not always guarantee that the product is in fact gluten free!
Yes siree bob, the gluten free diet is anything but boring my friends!
As I shared in this post, I have continued to show elevated gluten antibodies in my annual followup celiac blood tests and have been on a mission for the past couple years to figure out why this was happening. Of the many possibilities, one could certainly be the presence of gluten in products that are labeled as gluten free.
As Tricia Thompson M.S., R.D. and Suzanne Simpson, a dietitian at the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University point out in this article:
Another possible reason for my continued elevated gluten antibodies were the products I used to buy (and eat) based on the “made in a facility that also processes wheat but good manufacturing processes are used to segregate allergens, blah, blah, blah” statement (and others like it). Suzanne Simpson, RD talks about this issue in the beginning of the following video:
Tortilla Chips that are Labeled Gluten Free (or have a Gluten Free Statement on their website):
On the Border Tortilla Chips these chips are labeled gluten free and are my husband’s personal favorite (I used to love them too before the discovery of my corn allergy) but they are a rare treat for him because I’ve spoken with the company that manufactures the chips, Truco Enterprises and while they said they do occasionally test for gluten, the company representative could not say how often their products were tested (“maybe once a quarter” was the response I received), nor could she tell me the type of test they use to test for gluten. The chips are also made in a factory that produces gluten containing ingredients.
Xochitl (the corn is also non-GMO)
**Certified Gluten Free Corn Tortilla Chips**
Learn more about the Gluten Free Certification Organization (GFCO).
Allergic to Corn?
Try the following corn-free tortilla chip substitutes!
Gluten Free, Corn Free Taco Shells from The Celiac Vegan
Brown Rice Tortilla Chips from Gluten Free Goddess
The winner of the Alouette Cheese and The Adventures of Tintin Giveaway is:
The 3 winners of the MadeON Hard Lotion Giveaway are:
#73 Kristin W.
Congratulations Ladies! I will send each of you an email for your shipping information, so be on the lookout for that.
How do you buy your Gluten Free Products?
Do you feel comfortable buying a product as long as there are no gluten ingredients listed on the label (and if so – and you are a celiac – do you get an annual followup blood test to check your tTG and anti-gliadin antibody levels)?
Do you buy only products that are labeled gluten free?
Do you buy only products that carry the Certified GF Logo?
Or, is it a combination of all of the above? And if so, which types of products are you most scrupulous over?
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