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Gluten is the generic name for certain types of sticky storage proteins contained in the common cereal grains wheat, barley, rye, and their derivatives.

Rice and its derivatives do not contain gluten. However, should your rice be milled in a facility that also mills wheat products, cross-contamination could occur.

These products of ours are guaranteed to be gluten free:

A gluten-free diet is required for those suffering from of Celiac Disease (CD), Dermatitis Herpetiformis (DH) and recommended for those with wheat allergies, and/or those who are sensitive to the gliadin protein in gluten. This diet is completely free of ingredients derived from grains and cereals containing gluten: wheat (including kamut and spelt), barley, and rye, as well as the inclusion of gluten as a food additive in the form of a flavouring, stabilizing or thickening agent.

CD is a lifelong genetic disorder that can affect both children and adults. When people with CD consume foods containing gluten, it creates an immune-mediated toxic reaction that causes damage to the small intestine. This does not allow food to be properly absorbed. Even small amounts of gluten in foods can affect those with CD and cause health problems. Damage can occur to the small bowel even when there are no symptoms present. Celiac Disease has no cure, but avoiding the consumption of gluten can resolve its symptoms, mitigate and possibly reverse damage, and reduce associated health risks.

Not all adverse reactions are due to Celiac Disease. The gluten-sensitive designation may not be appropriate in all cases, as wheat allergies are often directed toward albumins or globulins of wheat, or the person may have a sensitivity to proteins commonly found with wheat products (e.g. fungal amylase or bread-yeast mannins).

Lactose intolerance, food sensitivities, or allergies to soy, corn, other foods, or even the stomach flu, are common causes of symptoms similar to CD.

Consult your physician or dietician for more information regarding CD, wheat allergies, and gluten sensitivity.

The Rice Flour Alternative

When wheat and wheat flours are not used in baking recipes the final product tends to be coarser and denser.

Suggestions for Rice Flour:

  • Include brown rice flour and rice bran in soups, casseroles and baked goods to add more fibre.
  • Add dried fruits, nuts or chocolate chips to batters to improve flavour and moisture-retaining qualities of baked goods.
  • Bake gluten-free items in smaller sizes, like cupcakes, muffins, and biscuits; bake quick breads in mini loaf pans for better texture.

Substitutions with Rice Flour:

  • Thicken sauces, gravies and cream pies with rice flour.
  • Use the same amount of rice flour as wheat flour. Whisk rice flour and liquid together and heat over medium heat until bubbles first appear for a smoother mixture.
  • Combine dry cream of rice or dry crushed rice cereal with dried herbs and spices to make a tasty breading for fish, meat, or poultry.

Substitute rice flour for wheat flour in recipes: 7/8 cup brown or white rice flour (1 cup minus 2 Tbsp.) = 1 cup wheat flour.

Recipes

Yummy Rice Pudding

Yummy Rice Pudding

Finely grated apple and mashed banana add the perfect level of sweetness for tiny palates. Serve this sweet treat warm, at room temperature, or cold, depending on your baby’s preference. This recipe is a source of iron, which is a factor in red blood cell formation. Gradual introduction of iron-rich solid foods should be part of baby’s diet starting at six months of age. This recipe also provides calcium, which aids in the formation and maintenance of bones and teeth. Continue Reading

Brown Rice Blinis, Smoked Fish and Crème Fraiche

Brown Rice Blinis, Smoked Fish and Crème Fraiche

The guests at your holiday party are sure to be impressed with these sophisticated gluten-free appetizers. The brown rice blinis can be prepared in advance and will remain fresh for your gathering. Topped with savoury smoked salmon or trout and irresistibly smooth crème fraiche, these bite-sized delights will have guests lined up for more. Continue Reading

Chorizo, Pepper and Rice Stuffing

Chorizo, Pepper and Rice Stuffing

This fragrant and flavourful stuffing variation is sure to become a holiday favourite. Served as a side or as stuffing in your favourite meat, this recipe combines savoury Chorizo, sweet red pepper and nutty whole grain brown rice and is finished with smoked paprika, giving this dish a seasonal splash of colour. Continue Reading