You are correct that products that include "malt" or variants of malt are generally excluded from the diet of someone with Celiac due to gluten content. Remember that it is not just wheat and products of wheat which are a concern, but also rye and barley and products of those grains. Malt is usually a product of barley.
Oats are usually also forbidden by most people with Celiac, mostly because of cross-contamination. So, if you were to choose granola, you would have to look for a gluten free granola (or make your own from gluten free oats).
Sauces and many foods with long lists of ingredients are likely to have trace amounts of gluten. However, there are a lot of products on the market now which are certified gluten free. They are often in the "health" section of grocery stores or shelves.
Buckwheat (not a form of wheat) is a safe grain and makes excellent pancakes and waffles.
All of those sites have gluten free recipe suggestions and some have shopping guides as well.
Since he is a picky eater, it is important to talk to him about what he eats. No suggestions will be useful if he won't eat it.
You said, "maybe I should tell him he HAS to eat granola instead of pop tarts, not give him a choice." It is better to give him choices, but choices of foods he can eat. So, yes, do not buy the Pop-Tarts. But don't tell him he has to eat FOOD A. Rather than dwelling on his restrictions, talk to him about his choices. Chances are he doesn't really want to talk about what he can't have. And if it is something he likes, might not even admit that it causes problems. Talk to him about what he likes/wants. When it is something you know he can't have rather than tell him he can't have that, just move on ... "and what else do you like?"View Thread
More likely than not a phase which you should be able to persuade him to stop. However, for compulsive eating of a substance, you might want to read about "pica." Articles such as this one - http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001538.htm - are often focused on non-food substances. But it isn't necessarily -- starch is a common substance eaten by people with pica.
Sometimes pica is an indicator of a missing nutrient. So, it is worth bringing up with his pediatrician.View Thread
The principles of healthy eating or eating for weight loss with/without a gall bladder are fundamentally the same. The difference the absence of a gall bladder makes is that, for many people, high fat meals can lead to intestinal problems because there can be limitations to fat digestion.
The primary principle of weight loss is reduce the calories you take in and/or increase the amount you move. If you can't walk, try to find other forms of exercise. If you are limited in exercise, then you have to limit what you eat even more. Target especially high calorie/low nutrition foods (cookies, candy, soda, cake, juice, pastries, etc.) Choose instead high nutrition, lower calorie foods that help you feel fuller sooner.View Thread
Steel cut oats are slightly more intact than rolled oats and will have take a small amount more time to digest and therefore enter the blood stream more slowly than rolled oats. They are otherwise the same, nutritionally, including the same amount of carbohydrate. Rolled oats are already a moderate food on the glycemic index. If they "spike your blood sugar" I would guess that you either have a large portion, or there's something peculiar to your digestions such that you are sensitive to oats or what you consume it with. Either way, that suggests you won't see a lot of difference in steel cut oats for the same serving size. It'd be interesting to hear your experience.View Thread
While honey has "a lot" of antioxidants compared to table sugar (which has none), it isn't a lot in the grand scheme.
According to the National Honey Board, ORAC values (one of the main measures of antioxidant capacity) puts honey in the range of 3 - 17. Most fruit is in the thousands and foods that we think of as "high in antioxidants" (e.g., dark chocolate) are in the tens of thousands. I wouldn't consume honey for antioxidants. Though again, as a one-to-one replacement for sugar it is slightly better.
They are both sugar and although there are trace amounts of other substances in honey, they are virtually nutritionally indistinguishable. So, while honey might be "better" in a one-to-one replacement, only modestly so. The more important tactic is to minimize your total added sugars.View Thread
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