Grain Free and Gluten Free:
Alternatives to Wheat, Gluten and Grains.
Including more grain free and gluten free ingredients into your diet could be a big step in the right direction.
Whatever you want, there’s a grain free ingredient and a recipe for all of it.
Actually, it’s a lot more than just one.
Enlighten yourself here….
What is a “Grain Free Diet”?
Quite simply, it means eliminating grains in all forms from your diet…but what is a grain, exactly? A grain is the seed from any plant that is classified as a grass or cereal. In technical speak, these seeds come from flowering plants which are part of the monocot family Poaceae (also known as Gramineae). The seeds from these plants are often processed to remove the hard outer layer to leave the softer and more edible inner section.
Some of the commonest grains are wheat, corn, rye, sorghum, millet, rice, oats and less known to many, sugar cane.
A grain free diet, or no grain diet, means not eating anything containing these products.
Grains are a relatively recent introduction to the human diet. For thousands of years, we survived without them. Many people find they do not digest these foods well, suffering from a range of symptoms including bloating, stomach upset, fatigue and ‘mental fogginess’.
What’s the Difference Between Grain Free and Gluten Free?
Gluten is a protein found in some grains, but not all of them. Wheat, rye, sometimes oats (depending on how they are processed), barley and spelt all contain gluten. People who have a gluten intolerance need to avoid all grains containing gluten, and any of their derivatives.
Does Grain Free Mean Not Eating Carbohydrates at All?
There is nothing in a grain that you can’t get easily from other foods, including carbs. Starchy vegetables like potato and sweet potato, as well as legumes such as chick peas and lentils are a great source of complex carbohydrates. And they can all be milled into flour, just like grains are, which gives you even more cooking options.
And then there are the “pseudo grains” such as quinoa, buckwheat and amaranth that can be prepared and eaten just like grains. In many ways, their nutritional content is far superior to any cereal grain. So don’t just save them for your grain free diet.
So despite the ageing, western food pyramid stating that a healthy diet is primarily based on whole grains, more recent generations are realizing that this is not quite accurate, particularly in the proportions recommended by the food pyramid. While whole grains can be beneficial for some people, those living without grains, or on a gluten free diet, are not at any disadvantage at all with all the alternatives available.
Perhaps we’re even better off…
Convinced? Have a browse through some more info on pseudo grains and recipes from the menu on the upper left of this page to find out more about the huge range of grain and gluten free options that exist, and how to include them in your diet.
- Grain and gluten free flour
- If you're looking for alternatives to wheat flour, here is a whole range of great grain and gluten free flour choices. Try them out with these recipes.
- Grain and gluten free recipes
- Grain free and gluten free recipes for cakes, muffins, pasta, pizza, snacks, breakfast and more. Made with a huge variety of alternative flours. All delicious and all healthy.
- Quinoa Recipes
- Quinoa recipes to suit breakfast, lunch, dinner and anytime in between. Discover delicious, healthy and easy quinoa recipes to encourage you to make quinoa a familiar ingredient in your kitchen.
- Quinoa Basics
- Get to know quinoa. Red, Black, White, Milled, Puffed, Flaked, Sprouted. How to cook it. How to make it part of your diet.
- Everything you need to know about amaranth. Find out how to cook with the many different forms. Gain from its health benefits.
- All About Buckwheat
- Want to know all about buckwheat? Find out how to cook it, what forms it comes in, where to get it and where it comes from.
- Grain and Gluten Free Breakfast Ideas
- Looking for some decent grain and gluten free breakfast options? These recipes will keep your breakfast as conventional as you want it. They’ll also help steer you on the path to good health.
- My Grain Free Story
- My grain free story: How did I get here? How do I stay here? Should anyone else be here?
- Useful Links for Grain and Gluten Free Living
- Useful links about grain and gluten free living, health, wellbeing and eating well to keep yourself in tip top shape.