My sister and I were out running errands a couple months ago, and we stopped by a local restaurant to grab lunch. I had an ahi tuna wrap and one beer. We wrapped up lunch and on the way to our next stop (bridal store for bridesmaid shopping) my fingers were so swollen I couldn’t get my rings off and my stomach started to hurt. I said something along the lines of “stupid gluten” and she looked at me and said “what is gluten anyways?” I paused for a moment and thought…”I really don’t know.” Is it a powder, a liquid, a protein, a fat, carb? Does some little gluten fairy go around sprinkling gluten dust on bread?? I knew why it was bad, what it was in, why people are intolerant to it, etc., but didn’t know what the correct definition of it was.
Definition: Gluten is a protein composite in wheat and related grains in the triticeae family of grassy grains or cereal grains.
- It gives elasticity to dough, helping it to rise and to keep its shape, and often giving the final product a chewy texture
- Often used as a food additive, a protein supplement or even as a food by itself. Meat substitutes, also known as imitation meat or wheat meat, are often composed of concentrated gluten
- Provides thickness and is commonly used in flavorings and sauces
- Commonly found in baked goods and grains, i.e. cakes, bread, cereal, couscous, etc
Foods Containing Hidden Gluten:
Gravy powder and browning
Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein (HVP)
Farina Meat and fish pastes Paté
Self basting turkeys Sauces
Imitation crab meat
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Cake Recipe – I’ve not made yet but might try out on my birthday! Looks good 🙂