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Old 21-07-2015, 08:18 PM   #1
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Gluten Free hints and tips

Basically looking for a gluten free cheat sheet.

Trialing going gluten free for various reason, coping OK so far, but it has only been 4 days, so...

Biggest thing so far - Gluten free cereal. Does anyone have any suggestions where to get cheap gluten free cereal? It seems a bit ridiculous having to pay 3x as much per 100g and the rate I go through cereal this might bankrupt me!

Anyone else gluten free?





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Old 21-07-2015, 08:46 PM   #2
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The gluten free processed foods thing?





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Old 22-07-2015, 11:21 AM   #3
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Asda does a free from range, with a good selection of cereals :)

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Old 22-07-2015, 01:02 PM   #4
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I get flax seeds in bulk form (about 1.5 quid per pound) from health foods store. I grind them up in a small/cheap coffee grinder. They can be eaten like that, or somehting like raice bran (sweet) and/or oats can be added. I also buy cinnamon in capsule form (200 capsule bottle of 500mg cinnamon is like 5 quid). I'll open the capsule and add cinnamon to cereal. I also add various berries, nuts etc. Sometimes I also use apple pectin.

Presently, I like smoothies more than cereal. I add flaxseeds or chia seeds to whatever fruit I've put in my nutribullit blender



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Old 22-07-2015, 04:49 PM   #5
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Yeah, like Epic said, buy gluten free foods (bread, cakes etc) is a rip off and you are far better making your own. You can buy gluten free flour and there are lots of nice GF recipes online.

I was advised when going gluten free to eat a naturally gluten free diet rather than buying free from versions of everything.

Watch out for hidden gluten under different names eg rye, barley and so on.



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Old 22-07-2015, 04:56 PM   #6
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One funny thing about gluten free bread though is that its better than a lot of the bread people normally buy. I see people buying white bread and "whole wheat" ( more glycemic than just white) and its garbage - airy, gluten cake without frosting. The gluten free breads tend to be closer to actual breads and weigh a lot more



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Old 22-07-2015, 06:13 PM   #7
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One funny thing about gluten free bread though is that its better than a lot of the bread people normally buy. I see people buying white bread and "whole wheat" ( more glycemic than just white) and its garbage - airy, gluten cake without frosting. The gluten free breads tend to be closer to actual breads and weigh a lot more
Are you referring to American bread? Because, that is an abomination compared to what the UK would consider to be bread.

On the subject of the thread though, if you can, make your own stuff. That way, you know exactly what is in it.

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Are you referring to American bread? Because, that is an abomination compared to what the UK would consider to be bread.

On the subject of the thread though, if you can, make your own stuff. That way, you know exactly what is in it.
If you mean chain store brands like "Wonder Bread" I agree. Other than that there is no "American Bread" like there is American cheese or Swiss cheese etc. In fact a lot of the bread people eat here is called Italian, french etc bread (in New York rye bread is especially popular owing to Jewish delis). That's what most delis, restaurants use. Those are pretty much just white flour as well. A lot of people are more bread savy these days and the selections have really swelled. I still just avoid bread all together though. Once-in-awhile I have a French baguette with sweet butter. I consider that a desert lol

I should add I ordered Honknobs today so I will be poshing up my biscuits


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Old 23-07-2015, 10:06 AM   #9
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If you are gluten intolerant you can get gluten free foods on prescription.

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Old 23-07-2015, 01:33 PM   #10
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Well, seems to me that many people in the UK eat what is called "sliced pan" -some brands are better than others, but it is all pretty vile. The US equivalents seem even lower grade again.

Most supermarkets also offer a variety of actual bread from their bakery, but these can be expensive and still have loads of preservatives and such in them.

So yeh, baking your own is the best way forward. Plus it is fun and therapeutic.

I had to look up "sliced pan". It does look a bit like "Wonder Bread" types. Back in uni days I lived on peanut butter and jelly/jam on bleached wheat pillows lol.

"Pan" made me think of Indian "naan" bread. I like that bread but only get it in restaurants



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You can, but it is a massive scam on the NHS by the gluten-free processed food manufacturers and should not be encouraged.

I understand if someone who has been diagnosed with coeliac disease by a medical doctor avails of the scheme, but it is still a rip off. Nobody NEEDS to be able to get cakes, cookies, pastas, cereals or breads.
Not for people who have many different intolerances/full blown allergies though. But that is a debate for a different day.

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Old 23-07-2015, 02:35 PM   #12
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I have coeliac disease so need to be gluten free. I've been told to watch out for my fibre intake so eat extra fruits and vegetables.

Some sauces tend to contain gluten as well. I like to make everything from scratch because of this. Be wary of some stock cubes.

Potatoes and rice are naturally gluten free. It is a lot cheaper to buy gluten free flour and just do a massive bulk bake, such pancakes, cereal bars, biscuits, bread etc. The pricing is stupid.



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Old 23-07-2015, 04:50 PM   #13
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I have "funny" gluten/RYL story.

A few years back I started using wheat bran in breakfast cereals. Within a few weeks I developed a bunch of odd health problems.

At the same time, I was found to have bad mole on my back - confirmed melanoma. My doctor wanted me to have my groin lymph nodes taken out since they felt painful and swollen. She thought the cancer might have spread.

Then I saw an RYL thread about gluten and realized my symptoms sounded the same. I went off the wheat and gluten and began to get better within days. I went back to my skin doc and said I was going to skip the node surgery because I felt the problems where gluten related. She got upset and was almost crying ("I do not lose patients!"). Then I returned three weeks latter and the nodes were better. My doctor called me a few times the rest of the year to make sure I was still kicking lol.

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Old 23-07-2015, 06:52 PM   #14
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If you mean chain store brands like "Wonder Bread" I agree. Other than that there is no "American Bread" like there is American cheese or Swiss cheese etc.
Sorry, should have said "mass market bread that is sold in American supermarkets/grocery stores". It seems to be sweet, which is odd for bread.

I don't imagine they are unique to the UK, but we have cakes that look like bread rolls with icing on. But the roll is sweet. That's what American bread is like to me. It's just nasty.

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Well, seems to me that many people in the UK eat what is called "sliced pan" -some brands are better than others, but it is all pretty vile. The US equivalents seem even lower grade again.
At least they aren't sweet! I can be quite partial to a "plain" bread, but I think that's a Scottish thing. Gotta like a bit of Mothers Pride plain bread.

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People with multiple intolerances/full blown allergies need cake and biscuits, breads, cereals and pastas? Surely the more issues one has, the more likely one is to need to avoid processed food?

I think it is fine to assist those with clinically diagnosed problem(s) to cover the *difference* in cost between standard staples and free-from staples. If we were not funding non-essential food at incredibly over-inflated prices to people with self-reported intolerances, we might be able to do considerably more for those who truly need food.
So bread, pasta and cereal are not staple foods?

And as far as I am aware you have to have gluten intolerance confirmed by a medical professional for the prescription, so you can't just go in and ask for it on prescription.

I myself have many doctor confirmed intolerances and if I didn't have access to what you call processed foods (GF pasta is actually just rice, last time I checked it wasn't processed) I wouldn't be able to eat at all! Yes I am an extreme case but I won't be the only one.

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Sorry, should have said "mass market bread that is sold in American supermarkets/grocery stores". It seems to be sweet, which is odd for bread.

I don't imagine they are unique to the UK, but we have cakes that look like bread rolls with icing on. But the roll is sweet. That's what American bread is like to me. It's just nasty.
Yes unfortunately most corporate food is sugar (in all sorts of forms) laden. A lot of people know this though and have given up such things. Wonder Bread (they invented sliced bread hence the "wonder") hasn't been a top seller in ages and is now owned by company in Mexico (Grupo Bimbo - largest baking corporation in world).

In the old days, poor people were skinny and rich people were fat. Now rich people are skinny and poor people are fat (obesity is often used as a povery indexing measure). Food products move along the same lines and lower class eats most of the garbage. McDonalds has been crashing in US sales because it serves junk and caters to urban crowd (who seem to be in violent McDonalds fights on YouTube every week).

Grocey stores are changing fast (around here anyway) and are more select and specialised. A serious move to get artificial ingredients out of food is taking place. I believe UK/Europe has gone down that road a long time ago. Now the big fight is GMO foods



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Hasn't it recently been proven that GM foods are exactly the same I. Terms of nutritional foods as natural foods?

I'd provide evidence for this but I'm unable to get to a computer right now.

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Hasn't it recently been proven that GM foods are exactly the same I. Terms of nutritional foods as natural foods?

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I haven't followed the GMO "science" very closely since anyone can buy any type of "science" and "studies" that they want. If GMO foods were proven deadly there would be people from top universities telling us things were OK. If GMO foods were proven ok there would be people telling us they were deadly.

I'm sure some GMO stuff is fine and some isn't.



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http://www.slate.com/articles/health...nd_errors.html

In particular; 'The World Health Organization, the American Medical Association, the National Academy of Sciences, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science have all declared that there’s no good evidence GMOs are unsafe.'

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People have mentioned things "made in a factory that may handle gluten", and it reminded me of a question I have that you guys will probably be able to answer. I have always been under the impression that if you are intolerant to something you just can't have lots of the thing you are intolerant too, so "traces"/"made in a factory which handles" would be fine? I have pretty much made that up though- does anyone know if it's true? I think I got the idea partly from Iamcatbug saying she could have three of the things on her intolerance list a day.



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