Going Gluten Free?
Wheat is a wonderful food for the many people I have seen in my clinical practice as a naturopath. It is cheap and readily available, nutritious (the wholemeal kind), extremely versatile, keeps well and tastes very good too. Wheat has an amazing quality as a flour in that when it is mixed with a liquid it makes a very elastic dough that can be shaped and baked. Flour can also thicken a dish, make smooth and bind very well with many other ingredients. Most people eat wheat in the form of bread and other baked goods. But did you know that wheat flour is also used widely in a large variety of products ranging from those “instant” packaged desserts right through to toothpaste?
Are you making gluten free bread yet? This page will give you links to some fantastic recipes that taste great. I can still remember my very first attempt at making gluten free bread, I called it ‘the brick’, does this sound familiar? When you first try to make home made gluten free breads and pizza bases, they can tend to be heavy, dry and so disappointing to eat that many people who allergic to gluten often give up on making their own bread all together. I’d like you to understand that it does not have to be this way, you need to remember that it all comes with experience, like everything else in life. Read on!
Many people I’ve seen in my clinic say that they feel better for being gluten free, little do they know that they are most probably still consuming wheat though in trace amounts, and they are most probably consuming a small amount of gluten to some degree. It is almost impossible not to consume gluten these days, because it is included in such a wide variety of foods. It is possible however to avoid bread, pasta and the obvious gluten containing foods, and many who just cut out 90%+ of gluten from their diet will notice a big improvement in digestive health in particular. But certainly not all, in fact, I’ve helped many patients back into eating bread and foods containing gluten – after their digestive problems were sorted.
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