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Tips for achieving gluten-free living

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Having a low tolerance for gluten – as 1 in 133 people do – or simply trying to cut gluten from your diet can be a frustrating process. The protein, which gives elasticity to dough, is found in many staple foods like pasta and pizza and also in many processed items like ketchup, instant coffee and candy bars. 

A glutten-free diet comes with certain benefits such as helping to promote energy levels and digestive health. But going on a gluten-free diet, or one with less gluten doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy full, tasty meals. Here are some ways to ease the transition. 

Learn which flours to avoid or use

The EBM8000 bread maker has a gluten-free function that lets you bake such breads easily at the touch of a button.

A gluten-free diet means you can’t consume anything that is made with wheat, rye or barley. This includes wheat germ, wheat bran, matzo flour, semolina and so on. The need to avoid such ingredients poses the biggest issue as they are used in common foods and beverages such as bread and beer.

Fortunately, the availability of gluten-free flour has increased in recent years, so consumers now have their choice of flour made from corn, potatoes, tapioca, nuts and beans. Other grains you can easily incorporate into your gluten-free diet are rice, corn, quinoa and soy.

The latest bread makers like the Electrolux EBM8000 also have a convenient gluten-free baking programme that allows you to easily make your own loaves at home. This can come in handy as gluten-free baking can be tricky since the protein is what gives dough its elasticity.

Focus on what you can eat

The FlexFresh range comes with a variety of features that make it easy to organise and customize storage space in your fridge.

There are still plenty of foods you can eat that are gluten-free. These include fresh fruits and vegetables, meats that have not been processed, unflavoured milk, beans and oils. You can also spice up your meals with plain, gluten-free herbs and spices.

When shopping, the produce and diary sections are mostly friendly to the gluten intolerant. Do avoid breaded or marinated meats.

As much of the food consumed in a gluten-free diet needs to be fresh, fridges like the Electrolux FlexFresh range helps you store food so that it remains fresh for longer. The FlexFresh range’s flexible storage system, combined with its market fresh crisper, ensures that you can store a variety of meats and produce optimally so they can be consumed at their best.

If you must buy processed foods, read the labels carefully as many of them contain gluten. Snacks that tend to be safe include fruit snacks, plain nuts, popcorn and potato chips. You can also include frozen treats like ice cream and yogurt for children with a low tolerance for the protein.

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