What’s on your cheese?

Gluten alert: Some pre-grated cheeses contain flour. Yes, in order to keep it from sticking together, manufacturer’s coat the grated cheese with products that they aren’t required to list as ingredients. I have heard most use potato starch, but because it’s not listed, it’s very hard to know for sure.

However, I know that some pre-grated cheeses not tested and labeled as "gluten free" are coated with SOMETHING that is potentially going to impact someone who is gluten-intolerant. How do I know this? Through my own experience, I had developed what the medical profession called a benign neuroma on my wrist.

What's a neuroma? It was basically a large, painful lump which shot nerve pain all the way up my arm if I tried to lift anything or use my hand. I went to see a specialist who x-rayed it and gave me the diagnosis. While discussing options, I told the doctor I had started eating pre-grated cheese and thought it might have something to do with the growth. He looked at me like I had two heads and asked “When do you want to schedule surgery?” I said that I would like to explore the option of grating my own cheese before I opt for a surgical procedure. Yikes!

I started buying blocks of cheese and grating my own. It took about 2 months but the neuroma was completely gone and to this day there’s no longer shooting pain whatsoever. I can pick up objects and have full strength restored. Today, with no surgery, I am cured.

Smart Cookie Baker is the result of all the foods that I personally can eat with type 1 diabetes (42 years) and other autoimmune diseases, such as hypo-thyroid disease and Celiac's disease. What I find amazing is that seemingly “safe” foods are not safe.

My Low Carb Personal Pizza Crust is made with cheese grated by hand and not pre-grated. As a result, it truly is a “safe” product for people who are intolerant of gluten. Check it out at Sweet Natalie’s Gluten Free Bakery in Geneva, Illinois (on 3rd and Franklin) and my online store at www.smartcookiebaker.com.

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