Gluten Substitutes

I typically grocery shop on Tuesdays so by day two of being gluten-free I realized that gluten-free products contain a lot of items that my Grandma wouldn’t recognize. I always liked the motto that you should only eat foods your Grandma would be familiar with. Xanthan Gum and Guar Gum are my two favorite gluten-free must haves because they don’t sound like food. They don’t sound like anything you would ever want to eat.

So I can’t help but wonder, when we go gluten-free and eat things like guar gum, are we just replacing one problem with another? Wikipedia is often my first stop when I want to gain knowledge. It was at Wikipedia that I read that guar is also known as “cow food.” It looks like a green bean, but when processed it can become gelatinous in water and therefore works as a binding agent in food. Yum. Doesn’t that sound mouth watering?

There is a level to which I am taking baby steps. I’ve gone gluten-free and once the transition gets easier I think I’m going to try to cut back on the processed foods. That will be a tough move though. I think if I need to cut out many carbs because they require guar gum to stay together, then I will feel deprived, but maybe not. Already, in one week of gluten free, I’ve had a sort of epiphany that makes me more willing to change my diet. I shouldn’t have been too surprised, but it still sort of stunned me. Check in Monday to see what I learned!


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Maggie Downie
Thank you for giving your time to stop and read my blog. I hope it encourages you to keep moving. Move and the body will be happier. And when you're moving you can hike, run, swim in Jell-O, race over non-Newtonian fluids, travel the world or build igloos--if that's your thing. If not, you can watch me do it. This is just a spot to try and feel good about life.

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