Understanding the Gluten-Free Life

Today we want to share a Guest Post by Nikola Djordjevic, MD. Dr. Djordjevic provides information for those who choose a Gluten-Free life. Trends show that a lot of people are trying to live gluten-free. And, as in any diet, it is important to take nutritional facts into consideration. Be sure to see Dr. Nikola’s Infographic for additional information. Use the information personally, or share his helpful advice with family and friends. Please see Nikola’s Bio below.

The Latest Trends in Gluten-Free Baking

Recent research published in the Research and Markets stated that the gluten-free food industry accounted for a volume of 465.7 kilotons in 2017 and this is only going to increase. This increase in the production of gluten-free products is due to the increased awareness of personal health effects associated with healthy eating.

Originally, gluten-free foods were a necessity for people suffering from celiac disease, but now it has turned into a general nutritional trend. The detailed infographic on living a gluten-free life, gives a timely update of everything to do with gluten-free nutrition and how to keep up with trends in this industry.

New and imaginative alternatives to gluten-containing products are on the increase. With the appropriate technology, special recipes are being developed to enable baking of gluten-free foods. This will provide value-added products to celiac patients as well as those affected with a milder intolerance to the protein.

What Gluten is
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Food Intolerance and Allergies

Food intolerance has become a major public health concern. It has become equally important to watch for effective ways of preventing such conditions. Incidences of celiac disease and other reactions related to food allergies especially gluten are on the rise. Gluten intolerance can affect people of any age, gender, and race; hence why most people are becoming more aware of their dietary intake.

The developing trends include the use of new ingredients that are gluten free. For instance, rice, corn, sorghum, buckwheat, quinoa, oat, teff, and amaranth are gluten-free. There are also a couple of new additives that are completely gluten-free in baked products. These include one or a combination of the following: eggs, dietary fiber, starch, hydrocolloids, and gum. These additives help to add nutritional value to the baked products as well as increase their general acceptability.

Gluten-Free Safe Products for Celiac Patients

Additionally, bakeries and manufacturers of baked foods are moving towards technologies that will allow them to produce baked products that are safe for people who suffer from celiac disease. Sourdough and enzymatic technologies, as well as high hydrostatic pressure processing are some of the innovative new ways that are trending in the production of gluten-free baked products.

Some of the gluten-free baked breads you are likely to come across will contain ingredients such as a form of cellulose, which mimics the ability of gluten to create a stable structure and retains the gases due to fermentation. There is also the long shelf gluten-free bread which is used in managing low rotation in shops and the emulsified bread which contain certain fatty acids hence controlling staling and improved palatability.

Most gluten-free nutritional enthusiasts have been keeping away from baked products since most of them assume that they contain gluten. However, the current trends are proving that the good taste of baked foods can be enjoyed by all, including those suffering from celiac disease and related conditions.

Nikola’s Bio

Nikola Djordjevic, MD, Head of Content at MedAlertHelp.org. Coming from Serbia, Nikola is a doctor of medicine. He started the MedAlertHelp.org project in 2018 out of his passion for helping others, particularly seniors. Apart from reviewing medical alert systems, he also writes a blog dedicated to health, aging, retirement, and other senior-related topics.

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13 thoughts

  1. Thank you Dr Nikola for a very informative article explaining what gluten-free means. I also enjoyed the info graphic.

      1. With everyone trying Gluten-free diets, I’m sure the article and infographic will be widely used. Thank you again!

      1. Thank you Abraham’s Apron, we were very happy to have an opportunity to publish this special Guest Post. We are delighted that you found it informative. Wishing you the best of health!

  2. Excellent info, Joan. My bestie has celiac disease, so a few years ago I decided to eat GF whenever I was with her. Over time I noticed good benefits of it, like less bloating and reduced joint pain and inflammation. I now eat and cook totally GF and feel so much better for it. Thankfully many restaurants are now on board and have made it much easier, especially for my friend.

    1. I can’t imagine how painful that must be. My heart goes out to your bestie and I sincerely hope they are getting relief from a GF diet. Yes, I agree, restaurants are more conscious that people have different needs. Can you tell if a dish is GF? Or is it unnoticeable until after you’ve eaten, with symptoms? I know a lot of restaurants cut back on salt, but to me that is a noticeable ingredient. Thanks for spending time with us Carol. I do love your artwork at carolscreativepapers.com – you are very talented! 🙂

      1. Thanks for your kind words, Joan! We can’t really tell if there is crossover gluten in a dish until after the fact. One positive is that it is controlled by diet and not harsh medications – that’s something to be thankful for!

        1. I agree Carol, treating with diet is a blessing. I do hope that they have continued success. Knowledge about alternative ways to treat ailments is great – at least then a decision can be made because there are options. Wishing you both the best!

    1. Hi Christy! How are the wedding plans going? I know it comes up very fast. Yes, I agree about Celiac’s and was very happy that the good Dr. wrote an article for us. The infographic is tremendously helpful as well. I highly recommend it for anyone who has Celiac’s, but additionally, it is very helpful for those that have decided to try a Gluten-free diet.
      Thank you again for visiting Christy – I hope you are doing well – and I love your new T-Shirt shop – Congratulations – I’m wishing you the very best!

      1. Thanks for the well wishes, Joan! You’re such a great supporter – I feel blessed xx Oh yes, time is flying by! Right now it’s all about getting the invitations ready. Then onto choosing the cake. I have it step by step haha ;) How are you? Do come to Victoria soon!

        1. I feel blessed by your inspiration. I do believe you are my oldest supporter and bring to meaning to when women inspire. You may not realize it, but you have been an inspiration when I need it most. Hugs.
          I would love to go to Victoria, it sounds wonderful. I was born in Buffalo, NY – just a stones throw from Canada, but I have come to love the warmth of the Texas sun!
          As always, reading your posts and responding back puts a smile on my face – thank you my friend!

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