Our expert says:
Gluten intolerance or sensitivity is a condition that occurs when the body cannot tolerate a particular protein called gluten, which is abundant in wheat, rye, oats and barley and their products. From a nutritional or dietary point of view, you should avoid foods containing wheat, rye, oats and barley and in addition, the restriction of fat and lactose may help to reduce occurrence of diarrhea.
Remember to always read the labels of all products – look at the ingredient list for products like wheat, rye, oats or barley
Other key words include: cereal, starch powder, flour, thickening agents, emulsifiers, gluten, stabilizers and hydrolyzed vegetable protein
Use Rice Crispies or Corn Flakes instead of bread crumbs
Use Rice noodles instead of Spaghetti
To thicken sauces, gravies and puddings use ½ tablespoon corn flour or 2 teaspoons quick cooking tapioca
When eating out, select plain foods, without crumbs, gravies, cream sauces
Replace flour in cooking. Wheat gluten is important in baking as it holds the dough together and allows the product to rise. Gluten-free products are crumbly and usually do not rise well.
1 cup wheat flour = 1 cup corn flour OR ¾ cup coarse maize meal [porridge] OR 1 cup fine maize meal [porridge] OR 5/8 cup potato flour OR 7/8 cup rice flour OR 5/8 cup rice flour + 1/3 cup potato flour OR 1 cup soy flour + ¾ cup potato flour
Gluten free flours should be baked more slowly at a slightly lower temperature than wheat flour. They do not brown well and tend to stick to baking tins [grease tins well or line with greased and floured wax paper]. Baking with gluten free flour requires more raising agent: use 2½ teaspoons baking powder per cup of gluten free flour. Not all baking powder is gluten free.
For more detailed info you should go to your nearest dietician, she can help you with brand names and specific items.
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