Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Blue Cheese ~
If you are anything like me, I've warded off Blue Cheese entirely over the past five years, having learned somewhere along my gluten-free journey that it, in its many forms, is not gluten-free. It's tough to order some of the delicious and safe salads served in certain dependable restaurants and always have to ask for the blue cheese to be removed or better yet, replaced with Feta cheese (which I love too much).
This question of whether all blue cheeses are gluten-free or not has perplexed me for some time, and I've told myself on 50 different occasions that I would invest in some thorough research and get to the bottom of this mystery once and for all...assuming the research was even available? So when I was eating lunch at a favorite local Country Garden Restaurant two weeks ago, one of my favorite waitresses, who is always so aware and concerned about serving me safe and delicious lunches, came to me with a copy of and article in the Celiac Disease Foundation (CDF) Newsletter Fall 2009 issue titled, "Blue Cheese in the Gluten Free Diet;" it must have been meant to be.
The article was written by Alex Anca, MHSc.,RD of Canada (writing for the Canadian Celiac Association), and given the important information that's included and the scientific and technical information included, I would be remiss in trying to summarize - so click here to read the article in its entirety.
Very good information with the bottom line being this - based on the most sensitive tests available, it seems that blue cheese IS safe for consumption in the gluten-free diet!
This will make my next visit to France even more enjoyable.
Now, if we could only work on those darn, delicious baguettes! It's just not fair.