Gluten itself is a protein found in wheat and related plant species such as rye and barley that is used to make breads, cakes, pies, muffins and other foods. The protein is responsible for the elastic, spongy quality that holds many breads together, forms a stretchy dough, and allows the product to rise. Modern day baked goods contain much more gluten than previous generations of baked goods because we, as a culture, have greater access to, and tend to prefer, the more dense, fluffy, risen baked goods. This has led to many people realizing that they are gluten intolerant.
For these people with a gluten sensitivity, eating baked goods or other grain products will find they have symptoms similar to IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) such as upset stomach after eating, diarrhea, cramping, gas, bloating and constipation. In addition, many with gluten sensitivities experience neurological problems that keep them from properly focusing and thinking clearly, giving ADHD-like symptoms.
Gluten can even effect moods by impairing brain function and flow of neurotransmitters that cause depression. Some people also report headaches similar to migraines. For these gluten intolerant folks, simply avoiding gluten and switching to things like gluten free foods can improve their symptoms drastically.
For people that don’t suffer from gluten intolerance, switching to gluten free baked goods and products isn’t supposed to make a difference, although many report that even without symptoms of a gluten allergy, they feel better, more energetic and more focused. One of the most popular gluten free foods to make are baked goods. Although baked goods typically means desserts such as cookies, cakes, pies, or breads, the focus should be on healthy meals throughout the day that may be baked in the oven. These products offer similar tastes to those of their traditional counterparts, although the textures may not be exactly the same due to the lack of gluten.
By baking your food, you can combat some of the negative associations that may come with gluten free food. Baking your food will often be juicier if you’re using meat and will often be fluffier than other methods if you’re cooking a grain-based food. Not only are you making your food taste better by baking, you’re also preserving more nutrients in your meats and vegetables that may be lost in other forms of cooking.
With Every Day Gluten Free Oven Recipes, you can utilize the modern day ability to cook without gluten while using your oven to make your food more tender and healthier at the same time. And remember, leave a review and let us know what you think!