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    General Gluten Free question

    mickeydownunder
    Thu Jun 17, 2010 2:56 am
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    Gday! While I am not personally on a gluten free diet, I am always curious and "gluten free" products seem to be all the "buzz words" re shops/store in our local area

    the other day I saw Gluten Free Pizza

    I initially thought to myself well that does sound healthy without the wheat

    but then I thought pizza dough has ALOT of sugar and salt and that can't possible be good for you!

    While my lifestyle does not include things battered and fried, I do try and limit white flour as much as possible and find that wholemeal flour does not really go well in a number of recipes by itself; but half and half; half white/half wholemeal

    I think where I am getting at here is that the only things you can really control is the foods and ingredients you make yourself as someone (from a marketing point of view) could say such and such is gluten free when in fact it may not be but a reduced level of something your body is not support to have and or reacts to

    Can someone clarify?

    I did read the long list on ingredients that are gluten free and was quite puzzled with some ingredients really...specifially with sugar

    as if one's body has a reaction/low tolerance to wheat, then surely sugar in the body would not be good as it breeds on bacteria (natural) in the body and can cause side reactions that are not perceived as related to food but they are ie thrush

    thanks for any replies...is a genuine question and ok to speak to me like am 5, as I seemingly understand that sort of language lol

    thanks

    hope u have a great day!
    **Jubes**
    Thu Jun 17, 2010 9:49 am
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    wave.gif Hi Mickey

    This is from the Australian Coeliac Society website ..........
    " What is Coeliac Disease

    Coeliac disease (pronounced seel-ee-ak) is an autoimmune disease. Autoimmune means the body mistakenly produces antibodies that damage its own tissues. It is a permanent intestinal intolerance to dietary gluten. A number of serious health consequences can result if the condition is not diagnosed and treated properly.

    What is the Cause?

    In people with coeliac disease the immune system reacts abnormally to gluten, causing small bowel inflammation and damage. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, barley and oats. "


    Coeliac Disease is a recognised medical condition and is diagnosed with blood tests and confirmed by small bowel biopsy. There is currently no cure for Celiac Disease but it is managed by a strict gluten-free diet

    Many people with Celiac Disease will also have allergies or intolerances to other foods as well.


    Non-celiac gluten/wheat intolerance is not a disease..........but also requires a gluten-free diet. Sufferers will have many of the same symptoms as those with Celiac Disease.
    Read some more info here- GLuten intolerance and CD



    Sugars seem to effect people with Celiac Disease and gluten/wheat intolerance the same as anyone else.


    I have noticed that Dominos have even started using a gluten-free pizza base.........for an extra charge though of a few dollars per pizza. Many of the boutique pizza stores will also provide a gf pizza base if you phone ahead and let them know when you will be coming.

    The problem I find with many gluten-free store bought products is that they use white flours like rice flour, potato starch, tapioca flour that are all of little nutritional value and high GI. Another thing is a lot of chocolate ......as chocolate will hold crumbley goods together.

    I think now that Celiac Disease and wheat/gluten intolerances are being more widely diagnosed. Companies and stores are being asked to provide a decent range of products. I love finding new products being labelled as gluten-free and even better that 'regular' store items are now labelled as being gluten-free.

    So many purchased items now are loaded with wheat as a binder and extra gluten added. Items that if a decent quality ingredients were used, really dont need to have added wheat.

    I think I'm rambling now icon_lol.gif
    Hope the above helped somewhat

    Julie
    mickeydownunder
    Thu Jun 17, 2010 9:57 pm
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    HOW well am I going today! Posted a ewe beaute reply, then closed the browser without clicking on post! DOH!

    Thanks for your very easy to understand rambling icon_smile.gif / explanation...

    just reinforces that people (of any lifestyle foodwise) has to be very diligent in purchasing anything outside what one makes

    and also alot of fillers (of no nutritional value as u pointed out) are made with various "so called gluten free" products...

    also don't agree the products should be more expensive either...but don't get me started on THAT concept icon_smile.gif

    WHOO HOO and thanks again!
    **Jubes**
    Fri Jun 18, 2010 6:26 am
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    Hi Mickey

    Sone of the explanations given for a more expensive product compared to non gluten-free are......

    * Cost of gluten-free flours are more
    *Ensuring a gluten-free factory/manufacture area- costly
    * limited runs on gf food items
    *demand not as high as regular gluten containing items


    Talking to local retailers who offer gluten-free products....they mostly say that they are slow to get started.....but once the word is out ..............a high demand for gluten-free products . A local bakery to me is almost making more gluten-free breads than regular wheat/gluten containing breads. If you go to the bakery after lunchtime without having pre-ordered, you may not even be able to purchase a gluten-free loaf of bread

    Some of the Aussie grocery items that I have noticed in Coles and Woolworths, being stocked as 'regular' grocery items (not Health Food specialties) are the 'Chang's' range of asian products- most of the sauces are now gluten-free , Gravox gravies, Fountain brand soy sauce, some of the 'Taylor's marinades and stir-fry sauces, Coles and Woolworths both stock a range of chicken and meat sausages and a new Worcestershire sauce being stocked in Coles.

    There's also a range of frozen fish pieces, nuggets and fish cakes from Bayview at Coles (but a little pricey)

    I think it's great to see so many new products being stocked and it sure is making my gluten-free diet a little easier icon_smile.gif

    Julie
    mickeydownunder
    Fri Jun 18, 2010 10:13 pm
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    Gday and thanks always for your explanations

    very informative too

    re Talking to local retailers who offer gluten-free products....they mostly say that they are slow to get started.....but once the word is out ..............a high demand for gluten-free products . A local bakery to me is almost making more gluten-free breads than regular wheat/gluten containing breads. If you go to the bakery after lunchtime without having pre-ordered, you may not even be able to purchase a gluten-free loaf of bread

    I agree but with the marketing supply and demand theory..can appreciate if something is in low supply of course the price will be higher

    but seeing the demand is there, sales are heaps up, but do the prices ever go down....no...

    thats where they are sucking in a number of people who think they are eating healthier but have to pay more to do so...I dont personally agree with that..then again at the end of the day, we all have a choice on what we want to buy and do

    thanks

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