According to a cheat sheet distributed by local holistic nutritionist C.J. Powell, the list of foods which people with gluten sensitivities must avoid includes bread, pasta, cereal, beer, lunch meat, chicken broth, lunch meats, bottled gravy, malt vinegar, frozen sweet potato fries, blue cheese dressing and imitation bacon.
Not surprisingly, entrepreneurs everywhere have responded to the long list of forbidden foods by creating acceptable alternatives. The Charleston Celiac Support Group plans to showcase locally-made examples of those products next Monday at its Gluten-Free Food Expo.
The event at Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital in West Ashley runs from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, e-mail CeliacSupportGroup@gmail.com or call 478-3777.