pto, on 13 October 2012 - 04:38, said:
gnuman is right. Gluten varies per food item but generally can be related to the amount of protein within a grain. What makes gluten interesting is that the composition of gluten in our crops over time has increased. Farmers, over centuries, have been genetically selecting the best crops. Strong, high yielding crops generally contain high amounts of gluten, so over time those strains of grains have evolved into what we consume today. Gluten in the most simple terms causes inflammation in the body.
So what we're looking for is variations of food that just happen to be missing gluten. For starters you can avoid all wheat and grain based products. That excludes a ton of items; crackers, cookies, pasta, cereal, bread, fried food and so on. So rather than try to replace these grains, let's just see what is already naturally gluten free. Gluten free goods include; vegetables, fruits, beans, corn, rice, meat and dairy. So now back to gnuman's point, you will need protein. Wheat has great nutrients; folic acid, protein, zinc and iron. I can tell you from personal experience, I've been gluten and sugar-free for five years, the iron, zinc and protein are the most important aspects of this type of diet. Good replacements for zinc include spinach, lintels and bell peppers. I typically would not eat meat on a daily basis in the past but now I try to every day. My favorite way to cook is defintely on the grill. Either wrap all your veggies up in foil or slide them on a skewer. But I have not gone for any of these "gluten free" brownies or cake or anything like that. I am not diabetic so I feel like you should be more strict than I am. Those grains are just switched out for potato or rice flour, which doesn't have gluten but it will definitely spike your blood sugar.
There is no avoiding spikes all together since I am on slow acting insulin. The problem with wheat is that it is just not as healthy as people claim it is. Anyone else notice that the government started heavily investing in wheat crops around the same time they moved it up on the food pyramid.
I am working on replacing the pasta I eat with rice based pastas. For the missing nutrients, I may just turn to some supplements or something. Depends on what I can find. Walmart being the only major retailer here limits my choices a bit.
Here is some research I have come across on the matter. Worth looking at if you are all about healthy diets. Apparently wheat has oppiates in it.