February 22, 2018 7:14 am 3 Comments
It’s an unusual accusation! After all, people who eat gluten-free do so because they believe it to be much better for their health. Some people (coeliacs) suffer from a digestive condition that means they can’t tolerate gluten at all. Other people find that they experience fewer digestive problems when they eat gluten-free. Still others suffer no particular ill-effects from gluten, but want to extend their diet beyond the same-old wheat-based snacks and meals. All of these groups tend to have done their health research pretty thoroughly. So why do some people think that gluten-free food could make you fat?
It’s all in the processing…
The answer lies in the wealth of pre-prepared gluten-free food that’s out there now, mostly in supermarkets. The major supermarkets have expanded their ranges of gluten-free food enormously, but with a real concentration on convenience and ‘treat’ foods. It’s not hard to find gluten-free ready meals or a variety of gluten-free cakes and biscuits on their shelves. But just as with their gluten-containing counterparts, these are never going to be the healthiest of options. They’re OK every now and again, but their ‘gluten-free’ labels don’t mean that they’re not bad for you in all kinds of other ways!
In addition, some food producers try to make up for the lack of gluten in their products by adding in extra ‘naughty’ bits. They want you to love their gluten-free treats – and what better way to achieve this than to stuff them full of extra sugar and fat? Other producers simply struggle to make gluten-free food that passes muster at all. Their bread crumbles, their cakes and biscuits go stale easily. But if they put enough salt, sugar and fat in them, people will buy them.
Healthy and gluten-free?
But it is perfectly possible to eat healthily on a gluten-free diet. You just have to check every product you’re eating for all the other stuff (salt, sugar, fat and so on), as well as for gluten. And, just like everyone else, you have to make a lot of what you’re eating from scratch.
At first, that might sound daunting. After all, none of us grew up with products like psyllium husk or guar gum in our kitchen cupboards, and trying to work out just how to combine brown rice flour and teff flour (for instance) isn’t second-nature. Fortunately, there are a million recipes out there online and in cookery books, showing you just how to do it. We’d especially recommend Naomi Devlin’s River Cottage gluten free (and not just because she recommends us as one of her suppliers)!
Once you’ve got the right recipe, you need the right ingredients, – and that’s where we come in. We stock all the dry ingredients the gluten-free cook might need, such as:
- Gluten-free flours
- Gluten-free gluten ( a mix of flours and gums, designed to give the same results as actual gluten in your recipe)
- Psyllium husk
- Guar gum
- Xanthan gum
- Tamari (gluten-free soy sauce)
- Gluten-free baking powder and bicarbonate of soda
- Gluten-free gravy
- Gluten-free custard
- Gluten-free pasta
- Gluten-free flakes and grains
And for the days when only a mix, or a ‘ready meal’ will do, make your choice from our full selection here. We only use brands that put a real emphasis on overall health, as well as being proudly gluten-free.brown rice flour, coeliac, fat, flax, free from, Gluten free, gluten free flakes, gluten free flour, gluten free gluten, gluten free grains, Gluten Free Pasta, gluten-free baking powder, gluten-free bicarbonate of soda, gluten-free custard, gluten-free gravy, gluten-free mix, gluten-free ready meal, gluten-free soy sauce, gluten-intolerance, guar gum, healthy eating, linseed, Middletons, Naomi Devlin, obesity, Orgran, pectin, psyllium husk, River Cottage gluten free, Tamari, Teff Flour, xanthan gum
This post was written by Yzanne