What is Gluten?


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Welcome back! We decided to focus on gluten this month because of family and friends suffering from gluten intolerance and celiac disease.

What is Gluten?

-a substance present in cereal grains,especially wheat, that is responsible for the elastic texture of dough.  A mixture of two proteins, it causes illnesses in people with Celiac disease.

Celiac disease in which the small intestine is hypersensitive to gluten, leading to difficulty digesting food containing gluten.

Common foods that contain gluten:

Pastas

-raviolis, dumplings, couscous, gnocchi

Noodles

-ramen, udon, soba, chow mein, egg noodles

Breads

-croissants, pita, naan, flatbreads, cornbread, potato bread, muffins, donuts, rolls

Crackers

-pretzels, goldfish, pie crusts, brownies

Breakfast foods

pancakes,waffles, french toast, crepes, biscuits

Breading and Coating Mixes

-Panko breadcrumbs

Croutons

-stuffings, dressings

Sauces& gravies

-traditional soy sauce, cream sauces made with a roux

Naturally gluten-free food groups:

-Fruits, vegetables,Meat & Poultry, Fish & Seafood, Dairy,Beans, Legumes, Nuts

– Celiac Disease Foundation

Symptoms of Gluten Sensitivity:

-abdominal pain, cramping, bloating constipation,brain fog, frequent headaches, anxiety depression, ongoing low energy levels, fatigue, muscle joint pain, numbness, tingling in arms, reproductive problems & infertility, skin rashes, anemia, possible higher risk for Alzheimers, dementia.

-Dr. Axe-Food is Medicine

 

Black Bean Brownies

image: https://celiac.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/blackbean-brownies.jpg

INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Combine all ingredients except chocolate chips in a food processor or blender, and blend until completely smooth.
  3. Stir in the chocolate chips, and then pour into a greased 8 × 8 pan.
  4. Optional: sprinkle extra chocolate chips over the top.
  5. Bake for 15-18 minutes, then let cool at least 10 minutes before cutting.

-Celiac Disease Foundation

Look for our February post that will focus on “Healthy Alternatives to Sugar,” right in time for Valentine’s Day! See you next month!

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