Going gluten-free can mean a healthier diet and lifestyle. But how easy is it to find foods that don’t contain the protein? Team Y trawled the supermarket shelves to see what we could find.
Are you thinking about going gluten-free?
Many stars such as Victoria Beckham and Novak Djokovic have been happy to reveal what they believe to be its health benefits
These include improved health, weight-loss and increased energy.
And Djokovic, 31, attributes his ascendancy to the top of the tennis tree to the diet. Going gluten-free means avoiding the protein gluten, which can be found in grains such as wheat, barley, rye and oats.
It has been adopted by people who have Celiac Disease (CD), a condition in which gluten triggers immune system activity that damages the lining of the small intestine. The result can affect digestion.
Even those who don’t have a gluten-sensitivity are happy to follow the diet.
But if this major dietary change is for you, do you know what to buy?
Team Y decided to give it a go, and chose some of the gluten-free products available at all LuLu Hypermarket branches in the Sultanate. We also had a bash at making a Gluten-free carrot cake.
Cranberry, Honey and Cinnamon bars
These bars are crunchy, satisfying and scrummy. However, few stores in Muscat have them but we managed to track them down at LuLu Hypermarket in Bousher. All packets are crammed full of nuts and chunky fruit and seeds. You can have one while having your breakfast or to accompany your favourite snack. One costs RO1.650.
BFree Brown-Seeded rolls
If you’re following a strict diet, then you could try these. These baps are made with flour, starches, proteins, fibre and toasted sunflower seeds. Their soft, easy-to-eat texture means you can enjoy them either at breakfast or lunchtime. They come four to a pack, and one pack costs RO1.975.
Schar Panini Rolls
If you’re looking for an alternative to a sandwich, then these low-fat, high-fibre rolls are great for a deli-style snack or lunch, depending on what you fill them with. A good dollop of Coronation chicken will not seep out; as these rolls are soft and very strong! They come in packs of six. Buy one packet for RO 3.150.
Lovemore Genoa Fruit and Slab Cake
Going gluten-free shouldn’t mean your sweet tooth has to miss out. So why not sample a slice of a moist and gooey cake made from juicy sultanas and cherries? It’s a traditional enough cake to accompany afternoon tea with your grandmother, and will keep the kids happy as a treat with milk. It costs RO2.750.
Mrs Crimble’s Gluten Free Jam Coconut Rings
While Mrs Crimble may not be as well-known as Mr Kipling, ‘she’ has been at the forefront of gluten-free gateaux and sponges since 1979. These are like Jammy Dodgers, except they ooze with delectable coconut, with a melt-in-the-mouth texture that will have you continually tucking in as you enjoy your favourite boxed set on the sofa. Buy a pack for RO1.375.
Glutten-free carrot cake
You don’t need the masterful baking skills of Mary Berry to make this cake. Here’s how to do it:
♣ 200g caster sugar
♣ 250g carrots, grated
♣ 140g sultanas
♣ 140g unsalted butter, so
♣ 2ggs, lightly beaten
♣ 200g gluten-free raising flour
♣ 1 tsp cinnamon
♣ 1 tsp gluten-free baking powder
♣ 50g mixed nuts, chopped
♣ 75g butter, softened
♣ 175g icing sugar
♣ 3 tsp cinnamon, plus extra for dusting
♣ Heat oven to 180 C/160C fan/gas 4. Grease and line a 900g/2lb loaf tin with baking parchment.
♣ Beat the butter and sugar until soft and creamy, then stir in the grated carrot and sultanas. Pour the eggs into the mix.
♣ Add the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and chopped nuts and mix well. Tip the mix into a loaf tin, then bake for 50 minutes. Allow to cool in the tin for 15 minutes, then remove from the tin and cool completely.
♣ Beat the butter in a large bowl until it is soft, add the icing sugar and cinnamon, then beat until thick and creamy. When the cake is cool, spread the icing on top and add a little more cinnamon and the chopped nuts.
Sources: BBC Goodfood, The Mayo Clinic