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Do You Need A Gluten-Free Diet?

Do You Need A Gluten-Free Diet?

Gluten is defined as a protein composite found in foods processed out of wheat and related grain species like rye and barley. When those who are intolerant of gluten or those sensitive to it eat foodstuff that have gluten, damage is incurred to the intestines.

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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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Posted by GlutenFree - May 14, 2013 at 1:47 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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Posted by GlutenFree - May 3, 2013 at 1:24 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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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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Q&A: What are some salads, dishes, and/or dressings for a person with a gluten-free diet?

Question by Ly: What are some salads, dishes, and/or dressings for a person with a gluten-free diet?
I’m going to be having a gathering, and one of the guests is on a strict gluten-free diet. It’s going to be a BBQ (steak and chicken), but that guest can’t eat red meats, fruits, rice, etc. So what can I make besides the chicken that can be eaten by a person on a gluten-free diet, that takes good (has a flavor) so the other guests will eat some too?

I searched online for some recipes, but there’s so many, and I don’t know if they actually taste good. I was going to make a salad that’s “Cantina Bowl” style like from taco bell, but with natural fresh ingredients so that’s the kind of flavor I’m going for like the combination of those ingredients (beans, avocado, tomato, lime, spinach, corn, chicken, rice) but in something different?

Something that won’t take too long in the kitchen, or I can just do outside on the grill.

And maybe a recipe of a salad dressing that you think is really good or flavorful? I would really like it to be something all or at least most of my guests can enjoy, so the person doesn’t feel bad that I had to make something especially for them and no one else is eating it.
I meant *tastes good, not “takes good”.
Yea it’s Celiac, I couldn’t remmeber the name.
Sorry! It was *Candida. If sounded so familiar I thought that was it. But I asked the guest.

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Answer by Shauna

The first thing I would do is to ask her if she/he would be comfortable with you making her any food. While your desire to do so will most definitely be appreciated, a large number of celiacs would rather bring their own food and come for the company alone. Because people often don’t understand and can become offended, a number of celiacs I’ve met feel reluctant to say anything and simply bring their food, smile, and don’t eat the gluten free dish provided because they actually can’t.

The ingredients are just a small piece of the puzzle, and even that you would have to buy new ones, depending on the dish. As an example,you can’t use any spices that have ever been open on the counter when you were using flour – they’re likely contaminated.

You will have to cook in a very different way. The celiac will react to gluten in amounts small enough that is is similar to a peanut allergic person avoiding peanuts. The dishes you use can’t have touched gluten after washing. Even second contact like a hand holding a roll and then touching the plate could be a problem for some celiacs.

The pots you use have to have the ability to have every inch scoured out (not just washed), with no cracks or crevices that you can’t reach (so no collanders, pots with bolts on the inside, no wood, no cast iron). YOU can’t touch her plates, her food, or her silverware if you have touched ANYTHING with gluten and not washed your hands yet. You have to scour out an area of the counter if her food touches it, too, or if you have something like a stirring spoon or spatula that needs to be set down.

You can’t use the grill at all, unless you wish to scour it down to gleaming metal to make sure any residue of gluten is eliminated. Gluten is very heat resistant, so it takes about 15-30 minutes at 600 degrees to destroy the molecule, which is why even the grill isn’t safe.

And if this celiac gets just a little gluten contamination, it can take up to 2 weeks before the celiac’s body heals back up.

It’s for the above reasons that so many celiacs will just make their own food, from safe pots and pans. They don’t get sick, and they know they didn’t put their host out by having to follow all these stringent rules to keep them safe.

Your best bet for food, if the celiac has no problem, would be to find some pre-packaged GF food, IMO. As an example, some corn and potato chips, guacamole, dips, and salsas for sale are Gluten Free, so that would be an easy one to provide that others could enjoy as well. They’ll say gluten free on the bag or bottle. Although your celiac would have to have access to either some chips and salsa set aside so they aren’t contaminated by others’ hands that have touched gluten, or they need access to the chips and salsa first, before anyone else touches it.

Wishing you good luck, and I hope your celiac appreciates the kindness of your hospitality.

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Posted by GlutenFree - April 17, 2013 at 1:20 pm

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How much weight will I lose if I stay on a gluten-free diet?

Question by Julia: How much weight will I lose if I stay on a gluten-free diet?
i just found out that i am allergic to gluten. I also have celiac disease. am i going to be skinny if i stay on a all gluten-free diet? or am i going to get fatter? ALSO…..***how much weight will i lose by June?*** that really doesnt matter but i was just wondering if this is going to affect my weight and how i look.

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Answer by mim
Depends what gluten free things you eat.
You could put on weight as a lot of the things are higher in calories, or you could lose, it really depends on your food CHOICES. (and how many calories you are consuming) And of course how much exercise you are doing. gluten free is better for one’s gut I think anyway – obviously is for you as you are allergic.

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Posted by GlutenFree - April 16, 2013 at 1:47 pm

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What is the big deal with gluten-free foods?

Question by D-Writes rich words for poor souls.: What is the big deal with gluten-free foods?
From my understanding, gluten only affects a small population of people yet when I walk in health food stores gluten-free seems to be the main theme.

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Thank you both for the great answers! I just don’t get the craze.LOL I would think Organic would be a good enough theme…

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Answer by Raelyn
Though only a small percentage of people show severe intolerance to gluten, it is, nevertheless, a protein that is hard on the digestive system and may cause damage slowly over time. Modern wheat is much higher in gluten than the wheat cultivated by humans for centuries. Gluten-free items are made from rice flour and potato starch and generally taste like cardboard. I don’t eat baked goods or pasta at all, but if I did, I would eat products made from spelt, an ancient grain related to wheat but with far less gluten.

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Posted by GlutenFree - April 11, 2013 at 1:17 pm

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How does eating gluten-free affect your weight?

Question by Hannah Banana: How does eating gluten-free affect your weight?
I’m trying to go gluten-free. I’ve heard it makes you lose weight, and I’ve also heard that it makes you gain weight. What exactly does it do and WHY?

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Answer by Apathy
It does to some extent, but at the end, it all depends on calories. Gluten free products doesn’t spike your blood as much as sugar. When your blood gets spiked, you tend to gain more fat, only if you are on a calorie surplus though, if no calorie surplus, then gluten free or not, it doesn’t matter.

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Posted by GlutenFree - March 15, 2013 at 1:32 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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Answer by Mr. Smartypants

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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Q&A: Gluten-free baking recipes with no flour and ingredients I am likely to have at home?

Question by Mary: Gluten-free baking recipes with no flour and ingredients I am likely to have at home?
My aunt is coming to visit and I have to bake something for her. She’s gluten-free and eats really healthy so can someone please tell me a good recipe that has no flour (we’re out of gluten-free flour), is healthy, is made from ingredients that I am likely to have at home and that tastes nice? Thanks in advance!

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Answer by Kate
There are flourless chocolate tortes or salsa, which are the only things i can think of right now. BUT, you can go to allrecipes.com, click on “ingredients” under the search bar at the top and it gives you the option to exclude flour from your recipe search, or you can just search for all recipes that don’t have flour in them.

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Posted by GlutenFree - February 24, 2013 at 2:32 pm

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