Websites for gluten-free etc

Discussion in 'Healthful Living / Natural Treatments' started by transformtriumph, May 29, 2006.

  1. transformtriumph

    transformtriumph New Member

  2. Josie

    Josie Active Member

  3. Josie

    Josie Active Member

    I'm interested in the babycakes site. My family and my mom don't eat gluten, my easy child is a vegetarian and girlfriend, difficult child really should be casien free, and my sister's family is allergic to eggs and peanuts. It looks like they can make a cake we can all eat.

    Thank you for posting these.
  4. mommy2royalty

    mommy2royalty New Member

  5. transformtriumph

    transformtriumph New Member

    Thanks. That is a good site. Do you do a gluten-free, casein-free diet? How successful has it been for you?
  6. Mom2oddson

    Mom2oddson Active Member

    Thank you for starting this thread! I found out in January that I didn't have fibermyalgia but an allergy to wheat. These sites will really help me.
  7. mommy2royalty

    mommy2royalty New Member

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    Thanks. That is a good site. Do you do a gluten-free, casein-free diet? How successful has it been for you?

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    I'm guessing this is about the site I posted since it said in reply to and my name. lol!

    We have to do a Gluten Free diet becauese my son has Celiac disease but we are not Casien free.. Since the diet is 100% medically necessary we are very strict about it and it has helped him emensly with the health problems he was having before, but that is totally beyond his emotional/attitude problems. lol! We had hoped that the girlfriend diet would help with that but sadly it hasn't done anything! :frown:
  8. transformtriumph

    transformtriumph New Member

    Goodbye wheat, hello amaranth, say consumers
    Alternative grains with higher fiber and protein move into the mainstream
    The Associated Press

    Updated: 12:49 a.m. PT June 21, 2006
    ALBANY, N.Y. - Amid the aisles of spaghetti and canned peas, cereals and breads made with mysterious-sounding grains like amaranth and quinoa are sprouting up at major supermarkets.

    Wheat is still king of this country’s whole grains, but the appearance of such alternatives indicates consumers are beginning to expand a niche market once relegated to the obscure corners of health food stores.

    “People are realizing there’s a benefit to eating a diversity of grains — and these grains have some incredible nutritional properties,” said Carole Fenster, an author of numerous cookbooks that incorporate wheat-free grains.

    New federal guidelines recommending three servings of whole grains a day have put a spotlight on wheat, but exposure to barley, brown rice and other options has also grown, said Alice Lichtenstein, chair of the nutrition committee at the American Heart Association.

    According to the marketing information company ACNielsen, sales of products with whole grain claims on their packages for the year ending April 22 increased 9.5 percent from the previous year.

    Wheat free grains skyrocket
    NuWorld Amaranth, one of the country’s main buyers of amaranth, reported a 300 percent increase in sales in the past three years. Bob’s Red Mill, which sells alternative wheat-free grains, saw a 25 percent increase in sales in the past year, with quinoa driving the bulk of the growth.

    Amaranth, grown for millennia by the Aztecs, has twice as much iron as wheat and is higher in protein and fiber. Quinoa, an ancient Andean crop, has less fiber but more protein and iron than wheat.

    It may take some time for the unfamiliar grains to find broad acceptance. The American palate is still adjusting to whole wheat, and amaranth’s distinct, slightly nutty taste could take some getting used to.

    Gluten-caused celiac disease
    One reason for the fledgling demand is a growing awareness of celiac disease, which is triggered by gluten, the protein found in wheat. Symptoms range from severe cramping to chronic fatigue and even organ disorders. The condition is believed to affect about 2 million Americans, with others sensitive to the protein.

    There is also a growing crossover market of health-conscious shoppers in search of the most nutritious grains, said Diane Walters, spokeswoman for NuWorld.

    ConAgra Mills is working with farmers to expand the supply of sustagrain, a type of barley with a 30 percent fiber content, said Don Brown, vice president of business development at the company.

    While products made entirely of amaranth and quinoa may not hit the mainstream anytime soon, the demand for such grains as ingredients will likely get a boost as multigrain products proliferate, said Robert Myers, executive director of the Thomas Jefferson Agricultural Institute, a research center in Columbus, Mo.

    “Once they get past corn, wheat and oats, they’ll eventually get around to picking up grains like amaranth,” he said.

    A limited supply
    Alternative grains also benefit from the popularity of organic goods, Fenster said — Whole Foods even has a line of bakery goods devoted to gluten-free diets.

    “As people go into those stores, they can’t help but notice those products,” she said.

    Supply of some alternative grains is still limited, however. Estimates of U.S. farmland devoted to amaranth, for example, range from 1,000 acres to 3,000 acres — compared with 50 million acres for wheat, according to the Thomas Jefferson Institute.

    But the supply of white wheat in the country was also limited until Sara Lee recently launched its white wheat bread, said Cynthia Harriman, director of food and nutrition at the Whole Grains Council. To ensure adequate supply, ConAgra began contracting with farmers about five years before the product launch.

    The same thing could happen for other grains that are easy and inexpensive to grow, Myers said.

    © 2006 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
  9. transformtriumph

    transformtriumph New Member

  10. my5kids

    my5kids New Member

    This is probably a stupid question but does white bread have Gluten in it?
  11. tiredmommy

    tiredmommy Site Moderator

    I would think so as it's generally made out of overly processed wheat flour.
    Here's the ingredient list from a popular white bread:
    Whole wheat flour, water, wheat gluten, high fructose corn syrup, contains 2% of less of: soybean oil, salt, molasses, yeast, mono and diglycerides, exthoxylated mono and diglycerides, dough conditioners (sodium stearoyl lactylate, calcium iodate, calcium dioxide), datem, calcium sulfate, vinegar, yeast nutrient (ammonium sulfate), extracts of malted barley and corn, dicalcium phosphate, diammonium phosphate, calcium propionate (to retain freshness).
  12. transformtriumph

    transformtriumph New Member