Author: Linda McDonald, M.S.,R.D.,L.D.
There has been a lot of recent attention about adopting a gluten free diet. Whether it be for health reasons like Celiac disease, or a desire to just “clean up” your diet; The Quick Check Guide to Gluten-Free Foods by Linda McDonald, M.S.,R.D.,L.D. is a good book to start with.
This is not a health book per se, but more of a reference book. It lists all the types of foods that are gluten-free in an easy to find contents list. Included in this list are the following; Grains and Grain-based foods, vegetables, fruits, dairy, protein foods, fats & oils, snacks & sweets, beverages, mixed dishes, baby foods, and last a list of almost 40 restaurants. It also lists types of products, like Earth Balance Organic Coconut Spread and Progresso Traditional New England Clam Chowder, just to name a few. It has a small introduction talking about gluten sensitivity, common misconceptions, and a list of foods and beverages to avoid. It also has a small section on healthy eating tips and healthy shopping tips.
Now let’s say you wanted to look up a specific product, like V8, 100% Vegetable juice. You would find it in the Vegetable section of the book. It has a breakdown of how many ozs are in a serving. Then beside it in an easy to read graph it lists calories, total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, carbs, fiber, sugar, protein and sodium. This list is constant throughout the book and alphabetized to make things that much easier when looking up products and food.
The book is small and paperback, which makes it super easy to pop into your purse or bag, making sure that it is always just at your fingertips. At just $8.99US and $9.99CAD, it is well worth the small investment. I plan on using mine over the next while, to help pave my way to a cleaner diet.
*I received a copy of this book for review, but was not compensated financially in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based solely on my experiences while reading this novel.*