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Should You Cut Gluten Cold Turkey?

Gluten has been creating a buzz in the past years. It leaves people wondering if they should be reduced in the diet, kept in the diet or cut it cold turkey. Can you really remove it altogether, thinking gluten is everywhere from bread to pastries to pasta to pizza crust to beer and certain spirits. It is even found in food stuff like breaded meat or fish, energy bars and salad dressings. It seems like gluten is almost impossible to avoid. It’s not, actually. However, the question remains, should we avoid gluten?

In terms of dietary guidelines, among the most consistent messages that comes about is moderation is key. One of the ways to effectively lessen gluten intake is by also lessening processed foods in the diet. Instead of having an energy bar in the morning, why don’t you prepare a smoothie rich in protein, vitamins and minerals from natural gluten-free ingredients? You can still have your bread or crackers, given they are made out of grains like amaranth, quinoa, rice or millet.

There are myriads off gluten-free choices in the market right now, but be cautious in buying. The gluten may be replaced with non-natural thickeners, extra fat or sugar to help create the flavor and texture of the original.

Gluten free or not, preferring natural and organic to processed food is always good. It all boils down to the fact that you’re better off talking to a trusted professional about any potential food intolerances, to ensure a healthy diet, full of protein, vitamins, carbohydrates and minerals.

Gluten is the devil to people suffering from gluten allergies, intolerances, and especially people with Celiac disease. If you’re not one of them, you can still have gluten, but you can try cutting it from your diet and observe the wonderful changes it brings!

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Posted by Chloe Boggs - September 9, 2013 at 8:07 am

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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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Son is autistic and wanting to put him on Gluten-Free diet?

Question by margiesue_84: Son is autistic and wanting to put him on Gluten-Free diet?
So far looking into it, it seems pretty simple, except for the bread, does anyone know if Wal-Mart sells a gluten-free bread. And when looking for ingredients, on packages i need to avoid wheat, rye or barley for sure, is this correct. Any thing else that might be helpful would be appreciated. We are just now looking into it so help from gluten-free dieters would be awesome.

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Answer by cayci_3
I’ve done some research on it because I have unknown food allergies. I went to Barnes and Noble and got a book called “Everything Gluten-Free” and it’s amazing, I think around $ 10-15. That is where you need to start, read up on it as much as you can, and it has recipes in there too.

Wal-Mart doesn’t sell one specific brand of bread that is gluten free. You can buy the mix of the bread and bake it yourself, which is relatively easy. You can buy the mix in the organic section in Wal-Mart. Honestly, for bread and stuff it’s best to go to an organic store and find a reasonably priced bread if baking it is too much.

Gluten also can hide in dressings and sauces as well. Besides breads, dressings and sauces are the next culprit. Again, check the labels. You can still use flour, rice flour for example if you want to fry things or just use flour in something. Again, the Gluten-Free book I mentioned had tons of alternatives in there.

Hope it helps! Good luck!

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Posted by GlutenFree - April 23, 2013 at 1:24 pm

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What is considered gluten free flour and gluten + flour?

Question by jljjaguar: What is considered gluten free flour and gluten + flour?
I’m doing a science experiment on baking biscuits. I would like to know if i use gluten free flour in place of all purpose flour if it will make a difference in the structure and appearance of the biscuit. Same with gluten added into already gluten flour! but i don’t know how to get that kind of material? Or what is more added gluten? help please!

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Answer by tiggsy
Gluten is the protein in wheat, rye, barley, spelt and a few other closely related grains. It’s not in corn, rice, or oats.

Gluten free flour would be flour from something or a mixture, which does not contain gluten.

Some examples: cornstarch, rice flour, potato flour, sorghum flour, soy flour, gram flour (aka garbanzo bean flour, chickpea flour or besan), coconut flour.

You can get gluten free flours in Whole Foods and Trader Joes in the US, I believe. In the UK, most bigger supermarkets will have it, most likely in the “free from” section. For this experiment, I would choose an all purpose gluten free flour mix, or you might like the results using coconut flour if you can get it.

Gluten plus flour? I’m not sure, it may be what we in the UK call bread flour, which is made from a grade of wheat that contains more gluten than normal wheat, or it might be a flour that has had extra gluten added for the same reason.

Gluten is the part of flour that makes dough stretchy, which is why you need a high level of gluten to make bread (which contains a lot of air because it rises a lot).

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Posted by GlutenFree - April 10, 2013 at 1:19 pm

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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 ect.. 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 im wrong. Thanks.

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Answer by Zillah
How to Make Bread Gluten

By Susan Reynolds, eHow Contributor

Making wheat gluten bread is easy and fun to do with this simple recipe. Gluten is a type of protein found in almost all breads unless they are exclusively labeled “gluten free.” Extra gluten makes bread fluffier and lighter and helps it rise higher. Flour that contains a lot of protein will make very strong gluten, whereas low-protein flours are good for making pastries. You can make gluten balls at home using some simple ingredients like flour, water, and your own hands.

and “One gluten free unleavened bread recipe.”

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Posted by GlutenFree - April 3, 2013 at 1:30 pm

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How is gluten-free bread different from regular bread?

Question by Jadey: How is gluten-free bread different from regular bread?
How is it different from regular bread, apart from it being gluten free? lol..
Is it better for you? Does it taste different?

thanks, xo

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Gluten is what makes bread bread! It’s the protein in wheat that causes dough to be ‘gooey’ and trap the gas bubbles made by the yeast. In fact the difference between ‘bread flour’ and ‘all purpose flour’ is that bread flour has MORE gluten so it will rise higher.

Some people have a medical condition where they can’t process gluten, so it makes them sick. It gives them stomachaches and diarrhea So someone figured out how to remove the gluten from wheat and find some artificial substitute to make the bread rise. I’ve never had gluten-free bread but I’ve had gluten free cupcakes and pastries and they are not bad at all. But unless you have this problem (called celiac disease), you have no reason to want to avoid gluten.

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Posted by GlutenFree - March 7, 2013 at 1:20 pm

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I bought a box of Gluten free bread mix and It calls for a mixer can I use a hand held mixer?

Question by Joy E: I bought a box of Gluten free bread mix and It calls for a mixer can I use a hand held mixer?
Can Iuse a hand held mixer or does it have to be a heavy duty mixer. Is there a way to mix my Hodgenson mill gluten free bread mix by hand?

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I am not familiar with gluten free batter. If the batter is thick and heavy like many bread recipes, a mixer with a weak motor might break. Some hand mixers do have fairly heavy duty motors.

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Posted by GlutenFree - February 12, 2013 at 2:47 pm

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Are there any restaurants that are specifically gluten free? For example gluten free pasta and bread?

Question by Anonymous: Are there any restaurants that are specifically gluten free? For example gluten free pasta and bread?
I’m allergic to gluten but I wish I could go out for pasta or a sandwich like I used to do before I found out I was allergic to gluten. I can’t seem to find any restaurants that are specifically gluten free. I did a search online and all I can find are restaurants with the gluten free options being salad.

Anyone know of any restaurants that serve gluten free meals?
Or gluten free bakeries?

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Answer by Nikki P
Where are you located.
There are many restaurants in the Chicago area that do have gluten free options on the menu. I know that there are several chain restaurants that have gluten free items as well as independently owned restaurants.
There was an item on the news a while ago about an Italian restaurant that offers gluten free and they even have a separate prep kitchen for the gluten free items so there is no chance of contamination.
I suggest you call a restaurant that you would like to go to and ask if they have items on the menu and what they are.
I think you will find there are more and more options and higher quality items as more people demand them.
I think one of the chains is Bone-fish that has gluten free items.

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Posted by GlutenFree - February 6, 2013 at 1:53 pm

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can you be allergic to pasta and not bread?

Question by Karnuna: can you be allergic to pasta and not bread?
Ive been getting sick to my stomach every time I eat pasta lately. I’m assuming I have some sort of allergy. I know about celiac disease and wheat allergies but I have no problem with bread or other wheat/ gluten products….is there something different in pasta that could be making me sick (and Ive tried diff pasta companies and they all have the same effect) should I go to an allergist or general practitioner?

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Answer by pelican
If you can eat bread without any problem I don’t think you have celiac disease, though it might be possible. Pasta also has eggs, oils and flavorings that bread might not have. Try one of the pastas that are gluten free and see how you do with that. You will find them in most large grocery stores, often in the organic foods section.

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Posted by GlutenFree - January 26, 2013 at 1:46 pm

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Does pre-made gluten free bread taste better than home made gluten free bread?

Question by DJ: Does pre-made gluten free bread taste better than home made gluten free bread?
I have recently been diagnosed with Celiac and hate the bread. We bought the pre-made stuff and it tastes horrible, so I am contemplating buying a bread maker and making my own. :/
Thanks 🙂

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Answer by Cait

Some pre-made breads are worse than others. That said, toasting bread improves all of them quite a bit.

I don’t know which you’ve tried, but Udi’s is a good one, Schar is great toasted for sandwiches, and the Whole Foods brand one is pretty good too.

I’ve made the homemade stuff. It was a bit more work for me than I was interested in doing, but the bread was soft and delicious. My bread had the problem of falling apart very easily, making it a tasty snack but not the best for sandwiches. It’s worth a shot, though. Lots of different recipes or box mixes for making gluten-free bread.

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Posted by GlutenFree - November 16, 2012 at 9:00 am

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