Monday, 21 May 2012

What is Wheat Free Bread?


Wheat – The Background

Wheat started off as one of the key staple foods and is now the cornerstone of the key food group of the western world .i.e. the bread.  

However, since a few years back, this wonder ingredient has been labeled as the cause of a series of allergies and side-effects, collectively termed as wheat intolerance. From infants to toddlers, youngsters and even adults, scores of individuals test positive for wheat intolerance every day. Wheat-free bread, is available in numerous forms today, and is just a step towards helping this part of the population cope with the required changes to their diet.

Key Ingredients

In order to be able to develop a healthy and delicious wheat-free diet, it important that you know what wheat free bread is, what does it contain and how important is it to assimilate wheat free bread into your regular diet.

Foremost, wheat free bread is made by using flours from various sources such as rice, amaranth, rye, tapioca, chestnut, chickpea, sorghum, soy, quinoa and the like. These serve as suitable replacements of wheat and help in eliminating the adverse effects of the same.

When the wheat free bread is made using such ingredients, the dough is likely to have a different consistency than the original bread dough. Towards this end, a series of additives and binders such as the xanthium gum and guar gum can be used to provide the same elasticity and fluffiness to the dough as in the regular bread. Similarly, you can also use use cooked rice or raw filled oats or wheat free bread crumbs, as suitable binding agents in preparing meatballs or meat loaves.

Generally speaking, wheat free bread can be procured in various forms such as:

·         Potato bread

·         Millet bread

·         Rice bread

·         Sorghum

·         Sprouted grain breads

·         Oat breads

·         Spelt bread

·         Hemp/Corn tortillas

·         Rye bread

·         Corn bread

There are a number of ways in which you can procure wheat free bread. The fist natural option is to go for commercial wheat-free bread loaves which taste very similar to the original bread these days. However, this might be an expensive option for someone trying to switch to wheat-free bread totally. Alternatively, you can also try making your own wheat-free bread at home using a bread-making machine. You can also choose from one of the many recipes available on the web and in the specialized cook books.

Just a note if you are on a wheat free diet you can safely choose any gluten free breads available on the market, but not the other way around.

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