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Is gluten free raw vegan too much for a teenager?

Question by ~Fly-Fly-Away~: Is gluten free raw vegan too much for a teenager?
I’m a 15yr old girl and I’m already vegan. I do eat cooked foods and grains, but I try to stick to fruits and veggies as much as possible. Would going gluten free raw vegan be too difficult or dangerous? Thanks!

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Answer by A

Try sprouted foods. I sprout grains, lentils, clover, cabbage, adzuki beans, peanuts, and almonds (which you need to buy imported because usa pasteurizes all almonds even ‘raw’). With sprouted foods, it will not be too difficult. Buy organic NON-pasteurized (completely raw) seeds/legumes. Find recipe blogs. Fermented foods are really nutritious also. Get a good dehydrator and make dehydrated breads, sandwiches, cookies, etc.

Main thing: get blood work done after a few months or so to see what you’re not getting enough of. Keep track of what you’re eating and the nutrient content of everything. I have had troubles with iron, calcium, D, and B vitamins.

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What are my chances of passing Celiac Disease down to my children?

Question by Mable: What are my chances of passing Celiac Disease down to my children?
My Mother has it and so do I. My brother does not.

What are the chances of me passing it down to my children?

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Answer by Shauna

About 1/3 of ALL people have genes that can make it possible for them to develop Celiac Disease. So the chances of your children getting these genes is even higher, with you as a parent. The chances that your brother has these genes is also pretty good, actually. Doctors don’t know why the disease triggers, so that makes it difficult to determine how likely it is that your children may develop the disease. But, here’s the risks as they are known.

1. Celiac Disease is triggering more frequently in the population and is on the rise. A recent study done with modern tests, but on thousands of frozen, 50 year old blood samples, has shown that in the last 50 years, the number of people with the disease active has quadrupled. So, that increases the odds that your children may have this disease trigger. We just don’t know WHY the increase is happening. Perhaps by the time you have little ones, they will have figured it out and can combat the issue.

2. Of people who are 1 degree separated from a diagnosed celiac (parent, sibling, or child), 1 in 22 develop Celiac Disease at some point in their life.

So…good odds on passing it down and having it trigger, I’m afraid.

What is usually recommended by experts is to be tested for CD every few years – and that includes your brother, not just your children. The test only looks at damage caused by the active disease, and as it can trigger at any time, without symptoms but causing damage, anyone who has a close relative with the disease should be tested every 5 years, at least. Every 2 years, if they are young or going through puberty, as it can seriously impact growth. And before getting pregnant, if they are female (it can cause miscarriage when the baby gets big enough to suffer from not getting enough nutrients, so really important).

And sadly, even specialists who diagnose celiac disease are not usually experts in it. They don’t often recommend the family testing like they should. :-(

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Posted by GlutenFree - May 15, 2013 at 1:44 pm

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Q&A: How to bake gluten-free cupcakes with All-purpose flour?

Question by Ricky F: How to bake gluten-free cupcakes with All-purpose flour?
I am trying to bake cupcakes for a class and I want to bake gluten-free cupcakes. I prefer not to buy a ton of gluten-free ingredients because I am not gluten-free. I already have the flour but do I have to have starch? is it necessary? I do not want to buy starch but only if it’s necessary.
oh I meant …with All-purpose gluten-free baking flour?

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Answer by Future Chief
All-purpose flour is not gluten-free. gluten-free means no wheat, so no all purpose flour, no cake flour, and no bread flour. You would have to buy some kind of gluten-free flour like potato flour.

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How is gluten free wheat made?

Question by Tecpeds: How is gluten free wheat made?
I know there are many types like quinoa, buckwheat, millet amarnth, etc. which are all naturally gluten free but I have eaten wheat pasta which is gluten free how do they remove the gluten in wheat when it has gluten naturally unless I’m wrong. Thanks.

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Answer by The Unknown Chef
The gluten in wheat flour is in the endosperm or the center of the wheat kernel, it is not chemically treated like the other people say, it is a matter for removing the part that has the gluten factor and grinding the rest into flour.

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Posted by GlutenFree - May 10, 2013 at 1:46 pm

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Are these ingredients in my cakes gluten free?

Question by Sparklebutt: Are these ingredients in my cakes gluten free?
I’m using the following ingrediants in some cakes for mothers day, I just wanted to know if they are gluten free or if I can substitute them for something else

Cinnamon
Self Raising Flower
Apple
Milk
Egg
Caster Sugar

Thank you (:
*Flour, sorry. I always do that.
+ Thank you for the cake recipe but this is an apple tea cake, not a yellow one..Actually, I’ve never heard of a yellow cake…

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Answer by Roger W
Regular all purpose flour is full of gluten. The rest of the ingredients are ok. Try substituting with a Gluten free flour such as Knicknick, or Bob’s Red Mill brands. We get it at Walmart or health food stores, but be prepared to pay a lot for it. You can cook anything you want just by substituting flours in the regular recipes and making sure the other stuff does not contain gluten.

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Q&A: is there a gluten free bread that is tasty and not hard?

Question by Koter Boters misses Rufus!: is there a gluten free bread that is tasty and not hard?
I can’t stand the gluten free bread because its so hard and yuck! I can’t eat bread with gluten cause I get really itchy afterward. But I won’t eat gluten free bread. Should I just not eat bread at all or is there something else?

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Answer by Amber P
soda bread!!!

ingredients

* 1 ½ cups brown rice flour
* ½ cup tapioca flour
* ¼ cup sugar
* 1 tsp baking soda
* ½ tbsp baking powder
* ½ tsp salt
* 1 egg
* 1 cup buttermilk
* 1 tbsp olive or vegetable oil

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease a 9” round pan.
2. Combine the rice and tapioca flours, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.
3. In a separate bowl, whisk together egg, buttermilk and oil.
4. Pour into the dry mix and stir just until the dry ingredients are moistened.
5. Bake for 45 minutes, and cool 10 minutes before un-moulding and cooling completely on a wire rack.
6. Wrap bread in aluminium foil, let stand overnight before serving.

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Posted by GlutenFree - May 7, 2013 at 1:22 pm

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My girlfriend just got diagnosed with Celiacs disease. I need a list of some Gluten-Free foods?

Question by Youth in Asia: My girlfriend just got diagnosed with Celiacs disease. I need a list of some Gluten-Free foods?
Anybody actually have a gluten free diet? I know the stuff you can pull off Google, like arrowhead root and stuff but I’d like some practical stuff. Like McD’s Fries I hear are acceptable. Anybody got great meal ideas or anything?

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Answer by tiggsy
Nope. Macdonalds fries are not edible for celiacs. They are reconstituted with flour.

So far as fast food goes, most of it will be off the menu for your gf. Even the odd bits, like salad without dressing, may well be contaminated by being handled with implements that were previously used for other things.

There are places you can get gluten free food to go, but they are not your regular places, mostly. Though I believe that Wendy’s salad bar has a fairly good selection – but since it’s serve it yourself, it’s very likely somebody will have used the same spoon to pick up croutons and then salad… cross contamination.

Even a hint of gluten will damage your gf’s health. The life exptectancy of celiacs has been shown to be directly related to how well they adhere to a 100% gluten free diet.

Gluten is the protein in wheat, rye, barley, spelt and a few other closely related grains. It’s not in corn, rice, or oats, although oats are mostly contaminated during processing, so you would need to buy ones that are certified gluten free (meaning they were processed in a gluten free environment).

Your girlfriend is going to get a crash course in label reading – unless she wants to go entirely the natural route. Processed food almost always contains gluten for one reason or another, often just as a flavoring (malt), or to thicken, bind, stop stuff sticking together (grated cheese), as a carrier (in blue cheese), and so on. And if you buy a pack of something one time that you checked, and it was gluten free, it doesn’t mean that another pack bought on the same day or on a different day will also be gluten free.

Manufacturers change ingredients without any warning or mention on the front of the pack, depending on price and availability. So the only way to be safe, if you’re buying processed food not specificatlly labeled “gluten free” (and sometimes even if it is), you have to Check the Ingredients Label of Every Pack Every Time You Buy.

Having said that, there are lots of foods that are gluten free. Meat (not meat products), fish, non-blue cheese bought in a block or sliced (not necessarily processed cheese), eggs, fruit, vegetables and nuts are all gluten free, so long as there is no coating or sauce.

There is a set of cereals called Chex, in lots of different varieties that is changing over to a gluten free recipe. Check every pack before you buy as there are still some “normal” ones out there. The gluten free ones have a flash on the front that says “gluten free”.

Many pizza places and other restaurants like PF Changs do gluten free menus. It’s impossible to know how thorough they are about avoiding cross-contamination, though. There’s a lways a risk if you have a kitchen that prepares gluten free food alongside the normal stuff that some gluten will get transferred accidentally.

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Q&A: What are some meal ideas for a gluten free diet?

Question by Ello: What are some meal ideas for a gluten free diet?
Hi,

I have talked to a lot of people and researched, that a gluten free diet can be beneficiary in many ways and shed fat. I am a little hesitant, but I think it is at least worth a try. If I were to try being gluten free for a week, can you give me a meal plan or just some really good gluten free meals to give me energy but give me those health benefits. Thanks

Max

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Answer by Mr. Feeny
potatoes, eggs, chicken, fish, beef, lots of green vegetables, olive oil, coconut oil, bacon, white rice, nuts (in moderation), fruit (in moderation)…put olive oil on everything..it makes veggies taste so much better.

Warning—You may feel like crap after a few days..this is your body withdrawing from its dependence on sugar (carbs)…this can last weeks and it can get worse before it gets better. Your body has to adjust to burning fat for energy. After your body becomes efficient at burning fat you’ll feel 100 times better.

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Posted by GlutenFree - May 2, 2013 at 1:23 pm

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Do you think 25% or more of the population cares about gluten free product?

Question by Sheila O: Do you think 25% or more of the population cares about gluten free product?
I have a product that could easily be made gluten free that tastes absolutely amazing but I have choosen to this point not to make it gluten free because I am not sure that enough of the market cares. Do you think they do?

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Answer by thexfilez
I think they would if they understood about the complications it can cause if you have an allergy to it. It can trigger off a whole host of other food allergies because it basically messes with your intestinal wall and allows other poisons into your system.

I don’t see why you wouldn’t make it gluten free. Those that don’t know what gluten is won’t care, and those that eat healthy and do care, will be pleased too, so you get both people wanting to buy your product then.

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What does it mean to be Gluten free?

Question by Hope B: What does it mean to be Gluten free?
And what do I need to eliminate in order to have a gluten free diet? What is ok to eat?

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Answer by tiggsy

You have to eliminate wheat, barley, rye and a few other more obscure grains, and all derivatives of them, like flour, soy sauce, malt, wheat germ, bran…

Everything is ok to eat, except these few items. Unfortunately, wheat in particular is found in almost all processed foods, so you have to start eating more natural food – fresh meat and fish without sauces or coatings (except ones you make with gluten free ingredients), fresh fruit and vegetables in their natural state or cooked without glutinous additives, dairy products like cheese and yoghurt (but not low fat varieties, unless they are marked gluten free). There are no “normal” breakfast cereals that are gluten free that I know of. You can get some in health stores, though.

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