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What the Heck Is Gluten Free Food?

Updated on September 20, 2014

Gluten,Over Night Sensation Or A Keeper

I recently discovered gluten while searching for a way to lose weight and why I had lost my energy and was tired all the time. I found several websites talking about gluten and how it effects our bodies.

So I wanted to share some of the things I found out about gluten and why you may want to make changes in your daily diet.

Buggy full of gluten free foods. You won't starve.
Buggy full of gluten free foods. You won't starve.

Gluten, never heard of it.

That's what I said when I first read about it.

Gluten is a protein found it wheat and other grains like rye and barley.

Why? you ask, should you care about gluten? Because some people are highly allergic to it and some people build up an intolerance for it. It used to be hard to diagnose because the symptoms are so common.

To be sure that you have a wheat intolerance, you need to have a test done. Some of the symptoms include

  • aching joints
  • tiredness
  • depression
  • headaches

for a full list of symptoms, I found this website to have lots of good information, Gluten Free Network. If you think you have thes symptoms, you can go read some more about gluten intolerance.

It is really hard in this day and age to avoid wheat and grains. They are used in so many products on the market today. But because awareness is growing about the problem of too much gluten and the way it is affecting people, new gluten free products are coming to the grocery shelves. But at this time, I have found them to be like most of the healthier food choices, at a higher cost.

You can expect to spend more time trying to prepare meals, sorry about that, and shopping will take longer until you get accustomed to reading labels and get to know which foods are save to eat. There are some basic foods you will need to swap. Your flour needs to be swapped from white flour to a nice nut flour such as almond, cashew, or hazelnut.

Brown rice, potato,corn, or bean flours are also good.

Most of the blog posts I have researched, all like to use a mixture of different flours.

Some books to help you learn more about gluten free foods.

To do more research on gluten and gluten free living, you might like to read up a little more about the subject. I found these books to be very helpful. Remember to visit your local library to find more books on the subject.

Yummy!
Yummy!

My favorite Dark Chocolate Brownies

5 ounces high quality 60-70% cocoa dark chocolate

1/2 cup organic coconut oil

1 cup light brown sugar (not packed)

1/2 cup almond meal

1/4 cup sorghum flour

1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

2 organic free-range eggs, beaten

1 tablespoon bourbon vanilla*

Optional:

1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts, if desired

Dark chocolate chips for the top, if desired

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8 x 8 baking pan baking spray.

Melt chocolate and coconut oil in saucepan over low heat, stirring lightly.

Mix together in a bowl, brown sugar,almond meal,sorghum flour,sea salt, and baking powder. Add tbeaten eggs, vanilla extract and the melted chocolate. Beat for about 2 minutes until the batter thickens. Add the nuts next, if you want them. Pour into baking dish. Sprinkle top with some dark chocolate chips.

Bake for about 35 minutes.

Cool on a wire rack and if you don't want them to crumble, refrigerate for one hour before cutting.

Video with shopping for gluten free foods tips.

Do you have a gluten free recipe to share? - If you would like to share your recipe, I'm sure everyone would appreciate it, as I would.

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