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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

Cremini Mushroom and Roasted Garlic Rice Soup

Cremini Mushroom and Roasted Garlic Rice Soup

This creamy roasted garlic soup with cremini mushrooms and brown rice is the ultimate comfort creation. Enhance the flavour with chopped bacon and your choice of fresh herbs. Continue Reading

Gluten-free Brown Rice Espresso Brownies

Gluten-free Brown Rice Espresso Brownies

Made with rich dark chocolate, a punch of espresso and rice flour, guests won’t believe that these deliciously decadent, fudgy brownies are really gluten-free! These thick and rich brownies are a must for family gatherings and holiday cocktail parties alike. Continue Reading

Spanish Chorizo and Rice Frittata

Spanish Chorizo and Rice Frittata

Made with leftover rice, this 20 minute meal is the perfect solution to a busy weekday calendar. Whether you need to feed your kids before swimming lessons, or require a quick and easy meal for two, this recipe suits every lifestyle. Serve with a mixed green salad for a complete meal experience. Continue Reading