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Finding the Right Gluten Free Substitutes

It can be hard to maintain a gluten free diet without doing a little research first. Although the alternatives are available in gluten free grains it can still be a struggle to find just the right mix to make those recipes tasty. Letís look at a few substitutes to help you achieve a tasty gluten free diet.


Finding the Right Gluten Free Substitutes

Brown Rice

This is an alternative to white rice. Brown rice is considerably healthier than white rice as it does not contain a high amount of carbohydrates or any gluten. Brown rice is a healthy alternative and can be used in any recipe that calls for rice. Keep in mind, however, that brown rice takes a lot longer to cook than white rice so plan ahead when using brown rice in your meals.

Buckwheat

Buckwheat is not a grain, but rather seeds from a fruit plant that is related to the rhubarb family. It is used by bees to make dark honey. Buckwheat is a healthy alternative to rice and is known for its many health benefits such as lowered cholesterol and protecting against heart disease.

Quinoa

Despite the fact that it is actually a seed from a plant, quinoa is a grain substitute. It can be baked into foods such as cakes and bread and gives them a subtle nutty flavor. It can also be cooked just like oatmeal.

Millet

This cereal grain is used mainly in European countries. It is a very old grain in fact it was even mentioned in the Bible and used during those times to make bread. Millet is a good alternative to flour and can be used as a porridge as well.

Amaranth

Amaranth is a grain that was popular among the Aztecs. Amaranth has a higher level of protein and fiber than any other grains including corn. It is commonly used in recipes that call for flour as a flour substitute.

Always be sure to do your research before choosing gluten free grains. Some grains may be labeled gluten free but still may come in contact with other grains or foods that have been exposed too or may contain gluten. There are healthier substitutes and many of these gluten free products can help support a healthy digestive and cardiovascular system. Do your research and find the best gluten free products to fit your needs.





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