Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Easy Way to Maintain Gluten-Free Diets


Easy Way to Maintain Gluten-Free Diets 





Many people sometimes find it hard to keep to gluten-free diets because of a supposed long list of what they will have to do without when observing one. It usually appears very difficult and uncomfortable to bear thereby reducing the willingness to want to observe such a diet. But the disappointing thing is that such people only look at the list of foods to abstain from while ignoring the also long list of gluten-free food comprising fruits, vegetable and red meat that can be eaten.


Apparently, maintaining a gluten-free diet is not as difficult as some make it seem. The process followed in the preparation of food is where the problem begins from; you either prepare your foods by yourself or buy processed alternative. The important thing is to take a careful look at your food ingredients, when preparing by yourself, to determine if you really need them since they could be more than what is good enough for your health. Cutting back on some of these ingredients could also save you much-needed money.

There are some recipes out there that have been worked on by some other people, who worked by gradually reducing ingredients used in the food preparation until that great taste they are pleased with is achieved. In reality, it is not until you have filled a soup, for example, with too much ingredients surplus to requirements that you can have that great taste. All that is needed is the right quantity of ingredients and water for a palatable soup. There is no need to go about developing your own gluten-free recipe, if you do not have the time, you can make use of those developed by others.

You can always get a packaged recipe to start developing your own gluten-free diet. After that, you can then work on the formula used for the recipes to tailor them to a formula more agreeable to your own taste with a little research done on them. That way, you need not fear a gluten-free diet for that good health you have often desired.

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What is a gluten free diet and how does it work?





What is gluten free diet?



Several people follow gluten-free diet for variety of reasons like sensitivity to gluten, suffering from celiac disease or personal reasons. Gluten free diets involve avoiding foods contains wheat, barley and rye. Gluten is a type of protein, found in grains like wheat, barley and rye. Most of the common foods such as pasta, bread, several processed foods and some sauces are prepared from flour of these grains.


Who requires Gluten-free diet?


A gluten-free diet is highly recommended for the people who are suffering from celiac disease. In these patients, lining of their intestine actually gets damaged by eating gluten. Due to the damage of the intestinal lining, absorption of food is affected and it cause iron deficiency, diarrhea, weight loss and general weakness. Among children, it is observed that gluten-free diet helps reduce symptoms of allergy.


Type of foods containing gluten


Sometimes, it becomes quite a problem to recognize a food by name only for its gluten contents. Gluten-free diet is different from wheat-free diet which includes avoiding foods prepared from wheat only but can consume foods contain barley and rye. Apart from wheat, barley and rye, some people also avoid oats because it also contains a protein similar to gluten. However, several other people with same disease do not face any problem by eating oats. Some other foods may also contain gluten but less obvious sources such as starches, crumbs, soy sauce, canned and frozen vegetables, flavored tunas, frozen dinners, meat pies, soups, malted milk, salad dressing, pickles and mustards.

It is better to eat fresh and non-frozen fruits and vegetables without sauces as part of gluten-free diet. There are several food manufacturers who are making gluten-free foods.


How a gluten free diet works?

Gluten intolerance is best managed with a gluten-free diet only. As mentioned above, gluten, a protein damages the intestinal lining and exacerbates it. A diet that contains no gluten let the small intestine to heal it. As the condition improves, the small intestine can absorb the normal nutrients as it allows the waste to pass through it.

Efforts for gluten-free Diet

It is not at all easy to go on a gluten-free diet and eliminate gluten. People who do so accept it for medical reasons only. It requires lots of diligence to see that gluten does not sneak into your diet. You need to find out alternatives for gluten foods such as gluten-filled equivalents. You can also get gluten-free flour to bake with.

Go to the online store to view our gluten free premix flour and wheat free premix flour range.

Gluten-Free and Yeast-Free: Are they the Same?


Gluten-Free and Yeast-Free: Are they the Same?


Maybe you have wondered to yourself in the past or now if the phenomenon of food being gluten-free is the same as yeast-free. Well, the answer to that is in the negative.
When a food is said to be gluten-free, it simply means such food does not contain gluten. Products like cakes, biscuits and bread are made from wheat, which is highly notorious for containing gluten. But that is not to say there is none of these products without gluten in them.


Bakers are known to be fond of making use of yeast for profit reason, but this could at the same time be dangerous to human body. It is a fungus or mold commonly used in the fermenting process. Yeast, which contains no gluten, is a common ingredient in bread making and beer fermentation. It is not compulsory, however, that yeast be included in the production of bread because there are recipes for making bread and preparing other foods without using it. Since yeast is known to be inimical to human health because of inherent toxins or other hazardous chemicals, you could enhance your overall health and well being by taking it off your diet.

As you can now see, a food being yeast-free is not the same as gluten-free despite the fact that yeast contains no gluten. The fact is that both gluten and yeast are dangerous to your health and you are better off living without them through elimination from your diet. Gluten-free foods are known to promote health.

Better shape, weight loss, and increase in energy are some of the benefits you stand to gain by eliminating yeast from your diet and turning to gluten-free foods. You also get to keep other medical conditions at bay among several other benefits.

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Coeliac Disease and Gluten Intolerance: What You Need to Know


Coeliac Disease and Gluten Intolerance: What You Need to Know

Medical research driven by improved diagnostic procedures has started to throw up an increasing number of allergies that were hitherto unknown. Doctors have, for example, come to the understanding that some people are highly reactive to iodine, which is essential for proper functioning of thyroid, and the popular food dye called red 40; in other words, they are allergic to these substances. Coeliac disease or gluten intolerance is another type of food allergy and the awareness of this dangerous condition has risen in recent times.

Coeliac disease sufferers are known to be allergic to gluten, which is a protein found in such grains as barley, wheat and rye. Gluten is believed to be capable of causing damage to the small intestines of such people through reactions in the tiny hair-like villi. If a coeliac disease patient continues to consume gluten unabated in their diet, the villi in their small intestines would be badly damaged thereby making it rather hard for the much-needed nutrients to be absorbed from foods eaten during digestion.

Gluten intolerance goes beyond merely being an allergy in that it is believed to be genetic in nature. So if you know anyone having such a problem or you are the one having it, there is need for you or that person to go for genetic testing before severe damage is done to the small intestines leading to further complications. Osteoporosis, neurological problems, pancreatic and gall bladder malfunctions, and anemia are some of the health issues that could result from gluten intolerance.

Coeliac disease patients need to stay away from gluten totally in order to ensure good health. Diarrhea, back pain, bloating, abdominal pains, weight loss, weakness and muscle cramps are some possible symptoms of this disorder that should be noted. Once you realize you have the disorder, it is highly important that you completely steer clear of baked foods containing wheat flour as well as pasta, soy sauce and malted beers. You will be surprised when you realize the long list of foods containing gluten in them, so you have to watch it!

It is really a surprise realizing how many people suffer from gluten intolerance in America. Approximately 3 million Americans are believed to be affected by the medical condition. It is, therefore, advisable to start looking in the direction of substitutes for foods made from such grains as wheat, rye and barley known to contain gluten to maintain good health.

These days, it is possible to get pasta, bread and crackers that are completely gluten-free from the stores. Another alternative is to make them in your own home making use of flours derived from cassava, rice, arrowroot and so on.

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Why Bread may Bloat


Why Bread may Bloat


The bread we eat today is not the same as what was eaten in our grand parents era. It’s different in 2 significant ways:

1. In the past couple of generations, the bread we eat has become lighter and fluffier in texture. This is due to the increased gluten content in the flour. Over the years, the wheat crops grown for

bread making have been bred to have higher gluten levels. This is because the gluten provides the elasticity and viscosity that we consumers like in our bread. Light and fluffy, not much substance, and increasingly difficult to digest. Gluten is a protein mix (of gliadins - glutenin). It’s a bit like wire mesh.

It binds things together, which gives the bread the qualities we want, but it has become more onerous on the digestive system to break down.

2. Additional to the change in gluten content, the way we bake our bread has changed. The dough used to be kneaded and left overnight to rise. That process allowed time for enzymes to start breaking down bonds in the bread and making it easier for you and me to digest. That does not happen now. A faster chemical process

has replaced the older slower method. The result – bread that needs a little more work by the digestive system. Furthermore, flour mills use different chemical bleaches – such as oxides of nitrogen, chlorine, chloride; nitrosyl and benzyl peroxides. Any residue that may be present could be an issue in the chemically sensitive person.



10 Tips on What to do ?

1. Try an Organic Sourdough Bread.

2. Strengthen the Upper Digestive System ie. a simple start is to have a little
Organic Apple Cider Vinegar mixed with honey in warm water first thing in the morning (and ideally with your meals).

3. Consider Gluten Free Diet. To assist you there are books that may help such as The Guide to a Gluten Free Diet by Dr. David Brownstein. This book may help you improve your health by eliminating gluten from your diet.

4. Re-educate your bowel by improving the muscle tone of the bowel which may help to relieve flatulence, bloating and digestive disturbance. Add in products that add fibre and probiotics may quickly and gently help

to relieve constipation.
5. Try changing your wheat bread to Spelt
6. Make your own bread, this will ensure that you have no nasty additives in your loaf, particularly 282 which is the mould inhibitor in bread.

7.  If you are making gluten free bread add some fibre into your loaf in the form of Amaranth, linseed or almond meal.  Gluten free flours are generally very high in GI and you need to reduce this so you are not exposed to Diabetes type conditions.

8.  There are increasingly more bread options on the market, however it is well advised to keep your bread intake to a minimum as we can particularly with children tend to make this product too much of a staple in their diet.  This can lead to obesity.  Ensure that they have some protein with their bread whether it be gluten free bread, rye, sourdough or normal wheat bread.  This will reduce hunger and the need to over eat bread.

9.  If you are still having difficulty with gluten free or wheat free breads you may need to get the breads tested with a bio compatibility test once again found at www.allergyfreemybody.com

10. Find a great choice of beautiful breads within the

Monday, 20 August 2012

Gluten free Pizza Base Recipe


Gluten Free Pizza Base



It is a challenge to still have the family favourite Pizza night when you are choosing Wheat Free or Gluten free options. UNTIL now, Spring hill farms have this fantastic gluten free pizz base recipe using their Real Bread Mix.  Every night can now be pizza night with this delicious, easy gluten free pizza base recipe. Top your with thick tomato sugo, fresh mozzarella and torn basil leaves from the garden and slices of spicy Italian salami!

Ingredients:
1 x bag of the real bread mix – original
1 tbsp sugar
1.5 tsp salt
2 tsp dried yeast
450ml warm water (1/3 boiling, 2/3 cold tap water)

Method:
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix until well combined and free of lumps (approximately 7 minutes using a mixer with a dough hook on medium speed).
Cover with cling wrap and allow to rest in a warm place for 30 minutes or until dough has doubled in size.
Heat oven to 220 degrees fan forced. (If you can, use the top and bottom oven elements together and place the pizza as low as possible in the oven.)
Oil your hands to prevent the dough sticking and then divide the dough in half.
Line a baking tray with paper and using your hands work the dough into your favourite pizza shape (no one said a pizza has to be round!)
Top with your favourite topping and cook for 20 minutes.

(For an extra crispy base, we recommend pre warming the oven trays. The best way to do this is to leave them in the oven while the oven is warming and make your pizzas on baking paper on the bench. Then when you are ready to cook, slide the pizza and baking paper onto the hot tray and return it to the oven.)

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Tuesday, 14 August 2012


Author of "Wheat Belly" explains why Wheat is making us Fat & Unhealthy

Give up wheat and gain good health. That’s the message from Dr. William Davis, a Wisconsin cardiologist and author of the best-seller, “Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health.”
He tells Newsmax Health that if we banish wheat from our diet, we’ll also lose weight, lower our blood sugar, relieve intestinal problems, reduce dangerous inflammation, gain energy, and just plain feel better. Why? Davis maintains that today’s wheat products are made from genetically modified plants that contain harmful compounds that contribute to weight gain and other serious health woes. One of those substances is gliadin protein, which acts as an appetite stimulant. When it was introduced in the mid-1980s, calorie consumption skyrocketed by an average of 440 calories per day, per person, he says. “This gliadin acts as an opiate, but this opiate does not cause pain relief; it only causes addiction and stimulation of appetite,” he says.


Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Clarification.


Clarification.
There has been much discussion in Australia about using the words Gluten Free on food labelling,
oats are one such product that often comes under scrutiny. Australia has a watchful presence on keeping consumers protected by ensuring inappropriate claims are never made about gluten. WheatFree.com.au have at all times complied with these requirements with particular emphasis and indeed vigilance on the sale of their oats and other products we source for our customers.
The purpose of this clarification is to explain the processes we use to ensure compliance and demonstrate the ethics of our operation.
For 12 years we have operated an online website shop for Australia and New Zealand from our Toowoomba headquarters for the sale of foods to persons with special dietary needs. Over 12000 persons are registered with our websites www.wheatfree.com.au and www.whatcanieat.com.au. Gloriously Free wheat free oats are one product sold on the www.wheatfree.com.au website. They are and will continue to be a favourite with our customers as oats are recognised as a wonderful source of fibre and nutrition. We pride ourselves on our core values of supply of ethical products. Never more has our ethical approach to supply been shown in the quality of the oats we supply to our Australian customers.
Gloriously Free Oats are imported into Australian from an American company called "GF Harvest". "GF Harvest" farms are located in Wyoming USA and are owned by the Smith family. The company’s goal is that all families can find products that are uncontaminated from the gluten found in wheat, rye or barley they can trust. The Smiths know the severe reaction one can have if cross-contaminated with compromised products as three generations of their family have an allergy to wheat, rye or barley and have been on a diet avoiding foods containing these grains since 1990. Their son Forrest, who was diagnosed at age two, became determined as a teenager to develop a safe source of uncontaminated oats. His desire led to an FFA entrepreneur project that became "GF Harvest."

PROCESSES "GF HARVEST" UNDERTAKE IN AMERICA

  • The Smiths maintain their own certified planting seed, and personally contract with "Seedsmen" who have not grown any wheat, rye or barley on their land for the last 2 years and

  • who use their combines/harvesters for only Oats or alternative non-gluten crops.

  • Each field is completely walked at least six times to make sure that no volunteer glutinous products are growing in the field. The fields and all harvesting equipment is inspected by The Smiths and the Wyoming Seed Certification Service to assure they are free of the offending grains. Before any of the oats can be unloaded they must pass 3 tests
1. #1 White board Magnifying Glass Visual,
2. #2 RidaQuick test down to 5 ppm, and
3. #3 the Elisa R5 RidaScreen test down to 3 ppm).

In addition to their own laboratory testing they also send samples to the University of Nebraska's Food Allergy Research and Resource Program (www.farrp.org) to be tested for gluten to assure the oats are free from contamination by the gluten found in Wheat, Rye or Barley.
Oats are stored, harvested and transported by equipment owned by GF Harvest are cleaned, rolled and packaged in a facility that is certified GF and OU Kosher.


Should you wish to see the processes used for these certification please click any of these links. Our Inspection Process…

Certifications:

  • GF Uncontaminated Certification
  • Kosher Certification
  • Organic Certification

PROCESSES WHEATFREE.COM.AU UNDERTAKE IN AUSTRALIA

1. Upon arrival in Australia, the oats are packaged in full compliance with Australian law. No reference or claim is or ever has been made to Gloriously Free Oats being gluten free by our company. We recognise that Australian packaging laws do not permit the labelling of any oats as "gluten free". This product is labeled differently in other countries including USA, Canada, Finland and Sweden.
2. An independent laboratory tests each batch we import to confirm they are totally uncontaminated from the gluten found in wheat, rye or barley.. We can provide a report from and independent laboratory upon request or Click here to see the most recent report.
3. We still recommend that if you have allergies to gluten containing grains that you seek medical advice before consuming this or any other product related to your dietary needs.
4. We understand that there is a wealth of conflicting information on the internet about oats. We have provided all the information we are able to in this document, in order to comply with Health requirements and labelling laws. We suggest you do your own research.

SO YOU KNOW…Gloriously Free Uncontaminated Oats Allergen Statement

Sugar Free
Dairy Free
Soy Free
Egg Free
Nut Free
Yeast Free
Wheat Free
GMO Free
Vegan
Low Salt
Corn/Maize Free
No Artificial colours

NUTRITIONAL PANEL FROM OUR PACKAGING
Gloriously Free Uncontaminated Oats available in 500G and 5KG packs
Per 100g
Energy: 1575kj

Protein: 12.5g
Fat (Total): 12.5g
Fat (Saturated): 7.5g
Carbohydrates (Total): 67.5g
Carbohydrates (Sugars): 2.5g
Fibre: 10g
Sodium: 0mg