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A Guide In Baking Gluten-Free

These kinds of mixes are handy as well as simple to use and the results are typically delectable. But the drawback to some of those baking mixes is that they are not as healthy as they could possibly be. They might not come with enriched products like regular baking mixes and flours. They might be also short on fiber and have a great deal of excess fat. I will help you make healthier baked goods with the following tips.

1. Decrease the total amount of baking mix in the recipe and incorporate a whole grain flours such as Sweet Brown Rice, Amaranth, Roasted Soy, Brown Rice, Buckwheat, Oat, Quinoa, Sorghum, or Teff.

2. The suggested day-to-day fiber intake for women is 25 grams and 30 grams for men. Numerous people do not fulfill this particular necessity every single day. One way of incorporating more fiber in your diet is by putting dietary fiber to your baking mixes. Incorporate ground flaxseed, sunflower seeds, Chia seeds,or nuts.

3. A large amount of baking recipes, both gluten free or regular, require you to add too much butter or oil which boosts the fat in your diet. You can carefully decrease the butter or oil used by half but you might have to try things out to obtain the taste and texture of your baked goods that’s right for you. You could also substitute butter or oil with fat free plain yogurt, or mashed bananas, among many other options.

4. Decrease the quantity of sugar by up to half. For instance any time a cup of sugar is needed, make use of merely a half cup. If you wish to utilize a sugar substitute, stick to the directions specified on the packaging. You could furthermore lessen the quantity of other sugary ingredients such as chocolate chips and you could create smaller portion sizes.

5. When the recipe requires eggs you could perhaps make use of egg substitute to decrease cholesterol or use much less yolks and more whites. Whip egg whites and fold in to the rest of the batter to get much lighter baked goods. You may also use the recipe below to replace one egg. Increase amount as per needed.

Flax Egg

1 Tbsp Flaxseed Meal

3 Tbsp Water

Directions

Mix flaxseed meal and water and let sit for around 5 minutes. Include this particular ingredient to your recipe as you would the eggs.

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Posted by Chloe Boggs - September 11, 2014 at 12:28 pm

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Gluten Intolerant and Eating Out

Gluten Intolerant and Eating Out

When you were just recently diagnosed of Gluten intolerance or the like, it may be quite frightening and confusing for you to eat out. Of course, you would know the obvious foods to stay away from. You wouldn’t eat regular breads or pasta. But then a salad comes into the picture, so you start questioning.

Those Chinese Chicken and Asian Mango mixed salads may look really heavenly and delightful. But you don’t want to be going just for the looks. These pre-mixed salads are usually made with salad dressings that have binding agents and modified food starch. These dressings are generally gluten-containing, which is why when having a salad, it is suggested that you order those that have dressings of lemon or lime juice, olive oil, or the regular wine vinegar and oil so you’re always on the safe side.

And those creamy and scrumptious-looking and smelling pasta? Must. Resist. Them! Not unless you’re in a restaurant that specially caters to the needs of those that have gluten intolerance. But if you’re just in a regular resto, then you better stay away from pasta dished as they are usually loaded with gluten. Also, the sauce can have ingredients that contain gluten such as additives.

Additionally, when dining out, always keep in mind that all cream soups contain gluten, unless stated otherwise. Because foods that are creamy or have thick consistencies almost always contain starch or thickening agents that have gluten.

To avoid any danger when dining out, always educate yourself beforehand. Don’t just zero in on food that you can’t eat, instead, focus on foods you can actually eat and enjoy.

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Posted by Chloe Boggs - September 4, 2014 at 8:30 am

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Gluten-Free Granola

Individuals who been going gluten-free have seen an astounding drop in their levels of cholesterol. That’s why it’s not surprising that some people struggling with cholesterol issues opt to get rid of gluten in their diet.

Diabetics are seeing a remarkable drop in their levels of blood sugar by going gluten-free. There are different kinds of food that have gluten. Eliminating gluten from your diet means eliminating an array of unhealthy foods from your daily diet. That said, once the plan becomes a part of your life, you will notice a dramatic increase in your energy level and of course, and you will become healthier than ever.

Regular workout along with the diet plan aids in being healthier. It helps in better bowel movement, too. People with celiac disease can see outstanding changes in their health by removing gluten from their lives.

The increasing popularity of gluten free diet has offered a platform to the food manufacturers to lean towards the gluten free products and concentrate more on manufacturing of these products.

Granola is one of the most beloved food items in America. With the growing popularity of gluten free products, even the manufacturers of granola are concentrating on this special diet concept and are giving people a healthier and tastier granola to enjoy.

If you have been diagnosed with celiac disease and love granola, gluten free granola is something you can eat to maintain your physical well-being as well as enjoy your food. The main benefit of granola is that it is rich in fiber and gives a fuller feeling for a longer span of time. Thus, it is considered as a perfect snack for the people who are struggling hard to lose weight.

Given that majority of the granola manufacturing companies use natural sweeteners to make the snack, diabetic people can indulge in their favorite gluten free granola to stay energetic all day without consuming artificial sweeteners.

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Posted by Chloe Boggs - August 27, 2014 at 8:44 am

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Teff, A Nutrient-Packed Grain

More often than not, if you have Celiac disease or suffer from any gluten sensitivity, you already have come across Teff. Never heard? Well, it’s a grain you should be including in your diet. Why? Here it goes.

Teff is the chief ingredient in the Ethiopian and Eritrean engera. What is engera, you may ask. It is a flat sour-like fermented pancake that is used with “wot”, a stew made with spices, meats, lentils, beans and split peas. Teff is a small grain, round in shape, khaki-colored and looks like millet.

Teff is so small, the smallest in the world actually, it’s always nowhere to be found after harvesting and threshing process. It has been popular with Ethiopians and Eritreans for quite a while now due to its nutritional benefits. It contains about 11% protein, 3% fat, and 80% complex carbohydrates. Essential amino acids, particularly lysine which is lacking in most grain foods, also add up to its nutritional qualities. Teff even has more of those amino acids compared to barley, wheat, and millet.

Other important nutrients Teff has to offer are fiber, iron, calcium, potassium, and other significant minerals. Also, the short fermentation process of making engera paves way spawning a lot more vitamins.

It doesn’t end there. Teff is known for its high content of fiber that it helps in dealing with diabetes since it regulates blood sugar. Albeit the fact that there are practically no studies in regards to the risk and prevalence of diabetes particularly among Ethiopian immigrants in America, scientists in Israel conducted a study among new Ethiopian immigrants and it included comparison of the prevalence rates of diabetes in the new immigrants and those who had been residing in Israel for 2 and a half years to 4.The said study revealed that the new immigrants had lower prevalence rates since those who have been there for years were already exposed to Western diet and lifestyle for a much longer period of time.

Imagine all the nutritional benefits of Teff. Dig further about it and you might just look for it in the groceries any minute from now.

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Posted by Chloe Boggs - August 18, 2014 at 8:19 am

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Is Your Child Gluten Intolerant?

As we all know, celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder where the body cannot process the protein gluten (commonly found in wheat, rye and barely). If you happen to be diagnosed with celiac disease, consuming gluten can bring about intestinal damage, nutritional deficiencies and a host of debilitating symptoms.

Around 1% of the world suffers from celiac disease, but there are countries like the United States where the average seems higher. Is that enough for a gluten revolution to start? Not really. What has really changed people’s attitudes when it comes to gluten is the growing awareness of gluten-sensitivity. It is estimated that as much as 15-20% of the total world population is suffering from some kind of gluten sensitivity or wheat intolerance. This can bring about symptoms like cramps, gas, weight loss, diarrhea and bloating. Over a relatively short period of time, foods like bread, rye, cereals, cakes and beer have begun to be treated with suspicion. Whole food diets have become fashionable. Gluten-free recipes and brands are so popular.

For children specifically, changing a diet can be difficult. For the most part, bread and pasta are big staples in a child’s diet. Anyone who has been diagnosed as an adult is aware how awkward it can be when eating out with other people. It can be even more frustrating for a child who can’t enjoy the goodies at a birthday party. On the part of the parents, this can be stressful too because you always need to plan ahead.

If your child is diagnosed with celiac disease, gluten-sensitivity or wheat intolerance, then a well-balanced, well-controlled, and well-supplemented diet will have positive effects. They will be given more focus, better energy and clearer mind. Thanks to the continuous growth in gluten-free recipes and foods, there are now many different alternatives including non-gluten pastas and breads.

Why certainly, dieticians don’t suggest that you simply replace the unhealthy conventional food in your child’s diet with non-gluten equivalents. Keep in mind that there’s plenty of celiac-friendly processed food which is not very good for you. Healthy gluten-free recipes are particularly effective choices, giving you more control and peace of mind, in terms of your child’s diet

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Posted by Chloe Boggs - August 6, 2014 at 4:00 pm

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Going Gluten-Free and Losing Weight

It can be a chore to pick only the foods that will be beneficial for your health, especially when you are a self-proclaimed foodie. More often than not, the best-tasting foods are also the unhealthiest ones. However, there are a lot of food items available today that don’t only look pleasant, but taste pleasant as well.

Some people get the notion that pricier foods are healthier ones, but that’s not necessarily true. If you are looking to shed some unwanted pounds, you have to be all the more vigilant when it comes to your choice of food. A proper diet can take you many miles in terms of weight loss.

Eating the right food along with a healthy and active lifestyle have always been effective in losing weight when you stick to them for the long haul. Gluten-free diet can actually be one of your best bets.

Gluten-free diet is mainly adhered to by people who are diagnosed with Celiac disease. It helps them by means of controlling the symptoms and preventing any complications from arising as well. But truth be told, with this kind of diet, people who aim to lose weight can also benefit.

Nevertheless, going gluten-free requires some effort, particularly when buying your food. You have to take extra time to read every label of every food item and see if it contains any gluten. This practice is not exclusive with food products, but any product that comes in contact with your mouth such as lipstick, toothpaste, and the supplements or medicines that you are taking as they might have gluten content.

The things mentioned in this article are just some of the very basic factors to take into consideration when you plan on going gluten-free. But such things are very essential in your first few steps toward a gluten-free, healthy, and slim life!

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Late-night Cravings

Even when you have eaten well throughout the day, there are still nights when you just can’t help but to crave for a snack.  That, my friend, basically means you have eaten less protein than you should have.

Before heading to the fridge for some treat, try downing a glass of cold water or two first. Studies have shown that cold drinks trick our bodies into thinking we are full.

Contrary to popular belief, late-night eating isn’t so bad, provided you choose the right food to munch on. And as much as you possibly can, go for protein instead of carbohydrate.

When we crave certain food, they’re usually high in salt or sugar content, and yes, fat. Scientists found out that the main reason people crave for fattening food namely chips, French fries, and ice cream, is because they’re easy to sneak in.

People who have active lifestyles are the ones who need protein most in order for them to perform well. Devouring heavy snacks before hitting the sack won’t exactly do your metabolism any good. It may even put it out of sync, since your metabolism is used to resting when you are sleeping at night. If you just can’t not eat anything fatty or sugary, at least do so before the clock hits 6 pm, so your metabolism is still at its best.

When you’re on a gluten-free diet, you can still munch on some guilt-free treat such as nuts, particularly walnuts, almonds, and hazelnuts that contain healthy fats, omega-3 fatty acids. Nuts are also known to have high fiber content and can lower bad cholesterol levels. Plus, it can satisfy your craving for anything salty.

You can also have some eggs, but make sure you don’t have too much of its yolks as it is high in fat. Gluten-free protein shakes are also good, not merely for athletes. A salad will always satisfy anyone, just reach for gluten-free dressings and those without much fat. And of course, dry and crunchy vegetables like carrots and broccoli which are very low in calorie.

Heeding these tips won’t just let you maintain the weight you want, but it also keeps your breakfast consumption from suffering. When you binge before going to sleep, you often wake up still feeling full. And you tend to skip breakfast which makes you overeat at the end of the day, when your metabolism is no longer at its peak.

Always try to eat healthy and consume your daily requirements of protein, so you can prevent yourself from having these late-night cravings.

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Gluten Sensitivity and Grain Damage

Sensitivity to gluten may cause suffering to those who are affected by it, but it sure has its upside. By strictly following a gluten-free diet, those who are sensitive to gluten are avoiding grains that can actually be harmful to the body.

According to some studies, the transition in our diets when our ancestors opted to become farmers instead of hunter-gatherer didn’t exactly have a positive effect on our health.

Some scientists concluded that grain-based diets can actually have bad effects such as increase in childhood mortality, reduce in stature, increased number of cases of bone problems, and over all shorter life spans.

Most of the people who suffer from gluten allergy or celiac disease have switched to alternative grains. It makes life so much easier, but some have claimed that just because it is easier doesn’t mean it’s better. Say, those who chose corn say it’s not necessarily all that better as there is a high incidence of obesity and diabetes for those who constantly consume this.

What exactly is the answer to this problem, you may ask. Totally avoiding grains can be difficult and impossible at times, but there are several means to say goodbye to gluten.

Instead of your usual grains, try an increased consumption of vegetables especially fresh vegetables. Eating meat and fish will also be good because of their high protein value, but you can still go for vegetarian-based protein like beans. Fruits are also a must in your diet.

When you do eat grain products, totally avoid processed foods. Whole grains are better than processed grains. Also, there are tons of gluten-free products today. All you have to do is check the label, or ask around if you’re not totally sure.

It’s hard to totally rid yourself of things that you used to love, but if it’s just gonna cause you intolerable suffering, then you’re better off without them.

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Posted by Chloe Boggs - June 19, 2014 at 9:29 am

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Gluten Intolerance Symptoms

You may not be fully aware but gluten intolerance can be pretty grave. If you happen to have experienced its symptoms before, then you might want to think again before having another slice of bread. Truth be told, you can never have another slice of the regular bread. Ever.

Gluten intolerance is an autoimmune disorder that you will be having for the rest of your life. It is the inability of your body to digest a particular protein (gluten) which is found in wheat and other related food products. And it will cause serious forms of malnutrition.

Those evil proteins are detrimental to the villi in your intestinal lining. These villi are like little hairs that catch nutrients from the food you eat as they pass through the intestines. And without these villi, your body will be in a struggle processing all foods, thus, causing an array of forms of malnutrition.

Some of the early symptoms include gas and bloating after intake of anything gluten. Then you can experience constipation or diarrhea, severe abdominal pain, fatigue, and headaches, among many others.

The symptoms vary in each individual, as well as the progress rate of the symptoms. And some people go on without even realizing they have gluten intolerance, mistaking it for some other misunderstood and undiagnosed malnutrition problems.

The most important thing to do when you already know you have gluten intolerance is to totally remove foods with gluten from your diet. Always check the labels for any gluten content and make sure foods that you purchase from the supermarket aren’t processed alongside gluten-containing foods.

Also, you need to take supplements such as vitamin D since this is one of the most common deficiencies in individuals who have gluten intolerance. These supplements will help you digest nutrients better.

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Gluten Free Diet Goes Back to Back With Weight Loss

Coming up with a gluten free diet is deemed difficult especially to people who either have severe allergies to this protein found in rye, wheat and barley or others are just intolerant of it. The intolerance leads to messed up bowel movement, extreme headaches, sudden changes in mood and the most feared of all, weight gain. All the other effects can be fought with rest, meditation and prescribed medicines. However, losing weight is something one must work hard for. By the time you finish reading this article, you will then be equipped with information you can use in order to stick to a gluten free diet and at the same time deal with your weight loss through the help of these five steps for a better shaped you.

One, refrain from allergens. If you are well aware of your allergic reactions then you might as well be oriented with the food products that will cause you the attack. Some of the popular ones are peanuts, soy beans, eggs, dairy products and of course, gluten itself. Stay away from it and see for yourself the benefits it can give you. Two, high intake of protein. Yes, gluten is a kind of protein but you can find several other substitutes out there. Pump up your metabolism by taking in high protein food in your meals. With a faster metabolism, you can also burn excess fat. Three, low carbohydrate diet. Increased carbohydrates in your body will not only make you blow up but it will also contribute to high levels of sugar. Avoid too much sweets and instead opt for gluten free pasta and bread that are widely available in the market. Four, go green. Eat lots of organic food such as fruits and vegetables as long as you make sure there are no preservatives whatsoever. And last but not the least, exercise. You can’t expect to lose all those fats by only focusing on food and sitting on the dining table. You have to move around and release those sweat.

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