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A gluten-free diet is essential for managing signs and symptoms of celiac disease and other medical conditions associated with gluten.
A gluten-free diet is also popular among people who haven’t been diagnosed with a gluten-related medical condition but believe that such a diet is linked to improved health and increased energy level.
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Choose these indulgent treats as a part of your balanced diet for those snacking urges.
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Naturally gluten-free food groups include Vegetables, Fruits, Dairy, Legumes & Nuts, Fish & Seafood, Meat & Poultry.
The gluten-free diet doesn’t imply that all grains and cereals have to be excluded. Teff, amaranth, polenta, buckwheat and corn are just some of the naturally gluten-free grains which can be included in the diet. It is important to check the labels to make sure that you are using uncontaminated versions.
Rice, Cassava, Maize, Soy, Tapioca, Quinoa, Millet, Flax and Chia are just some of the naturally gluten-free grains and starch-containing foods.
Many commercially available products are labelled “gluten-free,” but there will be some that are not; this is why proper label reading is important.
Even a very small amount of gluten can be enough to cause symptoms for those with coeliac disease, it is necessary to make sure to minimise the risk of cross contamination with gluten-containing foods. It is important to clean and wash kitchen surfaces and use separate condiments and spreads from general use. Many readymade sauces and gravies contain flour for thickening, so making your own pasta sauces and gravies using cornflour, arrowroot or potato starch to thicken them for a gluten-free result, is a safer option.
Preparation time: 5 mins Cooking time: 25 mins
In a saucepan, heat the butter over low heat until melted completely. Add the rice & tapioca powder mix and whisk until smooth over a low flame so that the bottom does not catch. Cook until the mixture turns a light, golden colour and no longer raw. This should take around 5 to 6 minutes.
In another pan heat the milk until it starts simmering and just about to boil.
Add the hot milk to the flour mixture 1 ladle at a time, whisking continuously until very smooth base.
Bring the mixture to a boil and cook for another 1-0-12 minutes, stirring constantly, finally season with the salt to taste and then remove from heat. Set aside until ready to use.
Following a gluten-free diet may affect your nutrient intake, so checking with a medical doctor or dietitian is important as they may be able to give you proper advice taking your health into account and to make sure you are getting all the nutrients necessary for a well-balanced diet.
A Gluten Free diet is also a lifestyle choice for non celiacs, who claim that it aids in weight loss objectives. However, more research is required and there is inconclusive evidence about the supposed weight loss advantage of following a gluten-free diet. More scientific studies are required to gather sufficient data on the impact of such a diet in aiding and promoting weight loss.
Following a gluten-free dietary pattern may actually result in a diet that is low in carbohydrates, fiber and important vitamins. Many confuse a gluten-free diet with a low-carb diet which is known to promote weight loss.
A gluten-free diet eliminates foods such as bread and pasta, it doesn't eliminate other high-carb foods such as rice, beans and corn. Seeking proper medical or dietician’s advice is very important before starting on a gluten free diet.
Many gluten free recipes are available for those home cooking and baking sessions with your family. Most recipes can be made suitable by switching a few ingredients and experimenting with tastes and flavours.
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