Gluten is a protein that can affect many people negatively. It seems to be quite common nowadays for people to be allergic or even intolerant to gluten. Since gluten is found in many grains, it can be hard trying to find alternatives products.
It is important that you carefully read the ingredients section on products you buy in the supermarket to see if they contain gluten. However since many of us eat products like bread, pasta and cakes which all contain gluten, this task can add extra time to your weekly shopping. Most shops now carry gluten free or wheat free products like bread, pizza and biscuits but these products can be very expensive. Due to this fact many people need to find an alternative source of grain and now many health stores offer other products.
FOODS WHICH CONTAIN GLUTEN
Source: American Academy of Neurology: Celiac Disease. Bower, S. et al.
Once food is eaten, the nutrients are absorbed into the body and any waste is later excreted. But when you are allergic to gluten or even have an intolerance to it, any food you eat will instead upset your stomach.
You could experience symptoms like upset stomach (bloating, gas, diarrhoea), nausea, headaches, Irritability, weight loss or weight gain.
To determine if you are allergic to gluten or have an intolerance to it, an allergy test would need to be carried out. Once it was established that you were allergic to gluten or had an intolerance, you would then need to look at your diet and change your lifestyle to include products that don’t contain gluten
Here is a recipe which is made using rice flour and all organic products which don’t contain gluten.
GLUTEN FREE CHOCOLATE COOKIES
Preheat oven to 210 degrees Celsius
Ingredients are as follows:
- 250g Rice Flour
- 100g Butter
- 50g Sugar
- 1 – 2 Teaspoon Organic Drinking Chocolate
- 1 Egg
- 1 Teaspoon Dr Oekter Gluten Free Baking Powder
- Organic Marmalade
Pour the sugar in to a bowl with the softened butter and cream together till light and fluffy. Next whisk your egg and add to the mixture and stir in till all ingredients are well mixed.
Next sieve in your flour, baking podwer and cocoa powder (you can use drinking chocolate here) and mix in well with the sugar and butter mixture.
After this put 2- 3 tablespoons of marmalade in a saucepan and add some water to it. Bring it to the boil over a medium heat. Keep stirring till it till the marmalade has dissolved to a runny substance. Allow it to cool to room temperature and then add to the bun mixture. Mix everything in together really well.
After all the ingredients are well mixed add enough water to make the mixture into a drop consistency. Next add the mixutur into individual bun cases and cook for 15 – 20 minutes. Allow to cool and serve.