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How Does Gluten Free Food Taste?


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#1 Live2BWell

 
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Posted 10 July 2008 - 10:32 AM

I have only had a slice of Gluten Free Bread, once, a few years ago. If I remember correctly I thought it was pretty good. Other than that, I've never eaten specific and totally gluten free. So what does it taste like? Is it an aquired taste?
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Posted 10 July 2008 - 10:38 AM

It tastes like really good food :) (especially if you eat the real, naturally gluten-free stuff, of which there is plenty)

Some gluten-free replacement products are very tasty as well. You can eat brownies, cake, pizza, muffins etc. etc. Some of it isn't exactly like the gluteny stuff - but it's still good.
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#3 Tim-n-VA

 
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Posted 10 July 2008 - 10:38 AM

I'd say it tastes like regular food. Some I like, some I don't.

Some of the things I like, others don't. Some of the things I don't like other do.

Sorry but this is too open ended and personal preference related to get a single answer.
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#4 Live2BWell

 
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Posted 10 July 2008 - 10:45 AM

I'd say it tastes like regular food. Some I like, some I don't.

Some of the things I like, others don't. Some of the things I don't like other do.

Sorry but this is too open ended on personal preference related to get a single answer.


Tim-n-VA ~ um... ok, maybe if I re-word it? How does Gluten Free food tastein comparison toglutenous food? Is it more bland? Is it less dense? Is it tasteful? Is it fulfilling? I am trying to think of adjectives I can use...

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#5 Tim-n-VA

 
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Posted 10 July 2008 - 10:59 AM

Just taking the pre-made breads, if I were to order them based on any of the factors you listed the various gluten free items would be intermixed with the gluten ones. I don't see a factor that seems to be gluten dependent. To illustrate, I didn't like rye bread prior to diagnosis so I'd rate any gluten free bread above any rye bread.

When I make blueberry pancakes with a gluten free mix they are less bland that a plain pancake with gluten. It's not the gluten, it's the complete effect.
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Posted 10 July 2008 - 11:15 AM



Tim-n-VA ~ um... ok, maybe if I re-word it? How does Gluten Free food tastein comparison toglutenous food? Is it more bland? Is it less dense? Is it tasteful? Is it fulfilling? I am trying to think of adjectives I can use...



There are so many gluten-free foods and products available. I don't think it's possible to find a small group of adjectives that would accurately describe "all gluten-free food."

In general, I think the food I eat now is much tastier than the food I ate pre-gluten-free, mainly because I have a better understanding now of nutrition, cooking, baking etc.

Your best bet if you want to find out about gluten-free food is to stop eating gluten :)
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Posted 10 July 2008 - 11:19 AM



Tim-n-VA ~ um... ok, maybe if I re-word it? How does Gluten Free food tastein comparison toglutenous food? Is it more bland? Is it less dense? Is it tasteful? Is it fulfilling? I am trying to think of adjectives I can use...

Its all and none ... like Tim said, like regular food some is good and some is bad...

The one thing that is different is the 'comfort food thing'. Its never going to taste like moma used to make because its different...
Adjectives don't really work until you pin down a single product because its like saying how is gluten bread (to someone who has never eaten it)..
Well German Rye bread is one way and swedish Crispbread is hard and crunchy .. which would be considered a bad thing in a white loaf ...

But what it never is is quite the same....

However... I actually prefer REAL corn tortilla. Sure the commecial stuff we get used to has wheat flour 'cause its cheaper but real corn taco's are IMHO way better than the 20% wheat ones... but hey ... its an aquired thing.

Corn based tends to be a bit 'gritty' but hey... isn't that how grits are meant to be...
Buckwheat flour is quite heavy .... and rice flour is quite light but if you mix them its somewhere between... buckwheat is nutty and rice is bland...

But 90% of what is GOOD for you to eat is actually exactly the same ... because meat and fish still tastes like meat and fish.... and vegetables and fruit like veg and fruit... you can get corn pasta, rice pasta and buckwheat not to mention mixes, tapioca etc. no adjective can really sum them up.
Different ones have different textures and bites.

One differeence you can adjectorially assign is texture based. The 'springy' is far less in non gluten because that is a property of the gluten.
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Posted 10 July 2008 - 11:31 AM

I have a silly question. Are you supposed to be gluten-free & are not or are you just curious? I'm confused over the question.
This lifestyle is not a fad diet -- it is a way of renewed health for thousands who have suffered with many conditions & struggle daily for a ill free life.
In the last few years those of us who are totally gluten-free for health reasons know that the new bakers/vendors have come a long way in making gluten-free food tasty & appealing. Yes, there still is gluten-free food that some will not touch because of texture , flavor or lack of or taste.

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Posted 10 July 2008 - 11:47 AM

It tastes like real food. Mashed potatoes and gravy with pot roast and green beans. No gluten there.
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Posted 10 July 2008 - 12:07 PM

mamaw That is not a silly question. I have not been diagnosed, so the answer to your question is: I don't know. I have been dealing with a smorgasboard (no pun intended) of health problems for quite a while and I suspect that Gluten may be a problem for me. I know that going Gluten free is not a fad diet, however fact remains that food is food, and we all want our food to taste good :P

Mango04

Your best bet if you want to find out about gluten-free food is to stop eating gluten


I had to smile at that, very simple notion (I'm stubborn, LoL!) :P

gfp Thanks, gfp, I didn't mean to sound ignorant, dumb, or condescending in any way, I truly am just learning about all of this, so I appreciate your explination!

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Posted 10 July 2008 - 12:17 PM

I'm not going to be a huge help here, since I only did a 4-day gluten-free diet and then back on the gluten, but..........

Let's take pretzels as an example. Roll'd Gold. Yummy, right?

Glutino makes gluten-free Bretzels that are light and airy and taste better than the Roll'd Gold (IMO).

There are a ton of gluten-free foods available, and I think really you just have to start sampling to see what you like.
Definitely take suggestions from here, though! (I wish I had before I bought pasta! :lol: )
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Posted 10 July 2008 - 12:24 PM

It's just like gluten food - you are going to find brands and varieties that you really like, and those that you do not. Yellow cake mix for example. The Arrowhead Mills yellow cake mix tastes like crap. Complete and total, sandcastle crap. However, the yellow cake mixes from Pamela's or Really Great Foods taste delicious. The premade breads from Ener-G taste like couch cushions. The pre-made breads from Kinikinnick taste pretty dang good. It's just trial and error and finding what works for you.

PS - nothing tastes as good as homemade. :)
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Posted 10 July 2008 - 12:37 PM

I would suggest if you are having health problems to find a doctor whom you trust & get checked-out. For so many the gluten-free lifestyle was the answer to felling better. But if that is what your cause of ills happens to be - the only way to feel better is by the gluten-free lifestyle. So with that in mind it truly doesn't matter about the gluten-free food. If a celiac wants to get felling better they must follow the diet. There is no other way for us. Fifteen years ago the gluten-free food was non-existant & what was to be found tasted like a piece of cardboard.... I can reassure you there is much in the way of excellent gluten-free food avaliable today......and you will be pleasantly surprised......
I wasn't trying to be a smart A-- but some people think this is a fad diet to lose weight because so many of us are slender. Many do not understand about this disease or know very little about it.
I have seen people show up at support groups wanting to do the diet because they want to lose weight... I know the leaders try to explain that there is a true illness involved & the gluten-free diet is the only way for some to get better.
I hope you find out what is wrong so you to can start to feel better. I wouldn't wish this on anyone but for me it was far better than what I first was Dx'd with--- Lou Gerhings (ALS) so oddly I'm very thankful & I don't mind the gluten-free diet.
It does get pricey if you have to buy everything ready made but other than the prices I have not missed anything in the wheat line that I cannot duplicate or buy in the gluten-free line. Some things are even better I think......
blessings

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Posted 10 July 2008 - 04:47 PM

turkey chili - tasty.
beef stew - yum.
chicken soup - aaahh.
bbq chicken salad - mmm.
veggie stir fry - more please.
apples, peaches, pears, cherries, bananas, mangos, pineapple, berries, oranges - delish.
bell pepper and hummus, tomatoes and guacamole, carrots and bean dip - oooo.

yes, yes, there is lots and lots of tasty gluten free food. my friends love my cooking, and everything I make is gluten and dairy free. of course, I don't generally by premade, prepackaged food, but most of my dishes are 30-45 minute prep & cook too.
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Posted 10 July 2008 - 05:50 PM

To me, gluten-free food is normal food. I do 99.9% of my grocery shopping at a regular food store, buying the same food as non-gluten-free people. If you didn't know that I was gluten-free, you probably wouldn't even notice none of the foods in my cart contain gluten. So for the majority of what I eat, it's the same as what I would have eaten pre-gluten-free.

If you are talking gluten-free substitutes for gluten foods, yes, they do taste differently, but it's a matter of personal preference if it's better or worse than gluten food. I make gluten-free cakes and cookies and if you do a direct compare to gluten cake there's a difference, but all my gluten eating friends love what I make. It still tastes good. And now, after three years, I can't really remember exactly how gluten foods taste. As long as what I do eat tastes good, I don't mind if it's not exactly the way gluten food was.
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