Thursday, May 5, 2011
A word to my Gluten-Free friends
I have noticed, of late, that going "gluten-free" has become more and more popular. I would like to suggest an alternative. I have a dear daughter-in-law who has been diagnosed with Celiac disease. That is a condition where the body cannot tolerate gluten, and it can do very bad and serious things to one's health. Something curious happened that she told me about. Ever since her diagnoses, which was about 2 years ago, she has struggled (understandably) to keep the gluten out of her diet, and when she does, it makes an immense difference to her. But from time to time, she would eat a piece of pizza from Papa John's and she said that for some reason THAT kind of pizza did not make her sick, whereas any other kind would. Now, back up several years. Her husband, my son, used to work for Papa John's and I remembered that he said they let their pizza crust dough ferment for long periods of time before they use it. Hmmmm... so that got me to thinking... In the last couple of years I have learned about the importance of soaking grains and nuts and seeds of all kinds before we eat them, and I've been doing that exclusively for a while now. I notice that if I do eat something that has not been properly soaked, it feels kind of like I've swallowed a rock, but if it has been soaked, it doesn't bother my tummy at all. And then I read, somewhere, that some people who are sensitive to gluten can eat gluten containing products if they have been soaked. One day, when my daughter-in-law was here, I offered her a muffin in which the flour had been soaked. She told me that if she just took a bite or two, she would know right away if it was going to bother her or not. She ate the whole thing, loved it, and it did NOTHING bad to her. We were stunned! Since then, from time to time, I have been making other things for her and with the same result.
I would venture to guess that the trouble with eating gluten might not be the gluten itself, but rather how it is prepared. I urge those of you who feel you must be gluten-free, to experiment with this and see what you think. There are so many important nutrients and benefits to eating whole grains.
Not all of MY recipes are soaked, as I've been writing this blog for quite a while now, but some of them are... like my most recent tortillas.
I encourage you to look at the recipes on www.gnowfglins.com . She has lots of soaked recipes on there! I am linking this post up to Simple Lives Thursdays on Wardeh's website, AND the Farmgirl and Farm Friend Friday Blog Hop!