Your ghosts and goblins can go gluten-free this Halloween.
Plenty of parents enter October with a certain amount of dread thinking about the buckets of Halloween treats their little ones will bring home on the 31st. That feeling is compounded when a child has Celiac Disease (CD).
People with CD have an autoimmune reaction that causes products containing gluten to harm them. This includes some candy. Gluten is the name used for the protein in grains, such as wheat, barley, and rye that causes damage to the small intestine of those with CD. And families who have a member with CD do all they can to make sure their foods don't contain gluten.
The list of gluten-free products available on today's market is increasing; Publix offers more than 1,500. You can go gluten free this Halloween by purchasing candy that doesn't contain gluten, or by baking treats using a gluten-free flour, such as almond meal, coconut, or sorghum flour. You can find any of your favorite name brand gluten-free products by looking for the gluten-free icons on shelf tags. Brochures located in the information center inside every Publix contain additional nutritional information on a gluten-free diet, and a full list of Publix brand gluten-free products can be found on our website.
This Halloween, pick up some Kellogg's Rice Krispies Gluten-Free cereal from your neighborhood Publix (find it next to the original) and follow the recipe on the box for Kellogg's Rice Krispies treats your kids will love.
Sources: www.celiaccentral.org, www.celiac.org, www.gluten.net, www.ricekrispies.com