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    GARBANZO BEAN FLOUR PLAYS A STARRING ROLE IN GLUTEN-FREE COOKING


    Gini Warner

    Celiac.com 11/20/2012 - Gluten-free diets are making headlines and trimming waistlines. For those with celiac disease, gluten–free living is prescribed to ensure proper nutrient absorption, but just about everyone can benefit from eliminating gluten from their diet. While going gluten free may sound difficult, the benefits such as increased energy and a smaller belt size are well worth the effort.


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    Photo: CC--EcoVirtualCutting gluten from your diet is not synonymous with cutting taste. There are so many delicious gluten-free substitutes, one of which is garbanzo bean flour. Garbanzo bean flour, also know as chickpea flour, gram flour and besan is made from grinding dried chickpeas to a fine flour that can be used by itself or blended with other flours. Garbanzo bean flour is an excellent substitute for the gluten-containing flours that are used for baking, such as wheat flour. It can also be used to thicken soups, sauces or gravies.

    Garbanzo bean flour is high in protein and low in fat. It is a good source of dietary fiber and iron and is completely grain-free. Garbanzo bean flour contains no cholesterol, sodium or saturated fat. Wheat flour, in contrast, contains 190 mg of sodium, less fiber, no vitamin C and less iron. Garbanzo bean flour is inexpensive, under $3.00 for 22 ounces and recipes required less garbanzo bean flour, 7/8 cup replace one cup of wheat flour. Garbanzo bean flour is easily found in most markets, but you can make your own at home by grinding dried chickpeas in a food processor and coffee/spice blender.

    As an experienced clinical nutritionist, I work with people who have a wide variety of health issues. My specialties include the gluten-free diet and weight loss. Over the past 20 years, I have seen significant health improvement in my clients after only one week on the gluten-free diet and continued changes for the better as they embrace a gluten-free lifestyle.

    Gluten-free living has changed my life and it can improve yours. The gluten-free diet can help with weight management; it can elevate your energy levels, improve your attention and speed up your digestion. Whatever your motivation is for going gluten free - whether you have celiac disease, gluten intolerance or a desire to live a healthier, stronger life, my book, The Gluten-Free Edge, will help you to achieve your goal. It’s an easy-to-read guide to living without gluten that includes 200 delicious gluten-free recipes. This book will also help you with social situations and teach you the key to reading food labels. You will learn how to look for gluten-free products both at restaurants and in your supermarket. The Gluten-Free Edge is equipped with all of the information you need to get through the world without gluten.



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    Pushing a gluten-free diet for people who don't have a medical reason to be gluten-free is irresponsible, particularly when it's being pushed as a way to lose weight. You know what's gluten-free? Lard. And sugar. Therefore someone can be gluten-free while eating nothing but lard and sugar. This will lead neither to weight loss nor to better health. A gluten-free diet is NOT inherently healthy nor is it inherently a way to lose weight.

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    I love garbanzo beans and use them all the time, both for their flavor, nutrients and versatility. Nice to see these little beauties given their rightful due. Good job

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    I heard today that having a gluten-free diet helps with arthritis. For this reason alone I am going to try it because my husband and I have arthritis in our backs and are in tremendous pain. I heard also it takes 1 month for the diet to take effect. We will try this for the month and pray that the results are satisfying.

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    I heard today that having a gluten-free diet helps with arthritis. For this reason alone I am going to try it because my husband and I have arthritis in our backs and are in tremendous pain. I heard also it takes 1 month for the diet to take effect. We will try this for the month and pray that the results are satisfying.

    Joyce and Pete keep doing the gluten-free as it is helpful to many people with aches from arthritis like me! I have stayed gluten-free for 5 months and it works; I'm in much less pain. I also use Turmeric and vitamin E...

    It is NOT a weight loss program it just helps keep inflammation down if you have a problem with it. Good luck!

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    I have used garbanzo bean flour in many recipes in place of wheat flour. It is wonderful. The gluten-free diet for me has helped with my fibromyalgia pain greatly. It took 3 months for me to see good results. It does take time, but it is well worth it for those that want to eat healthier without the "modern" manufactured wheats we have had to deal with in the past 50 years. Oh, and by the way, I lost 35 pounds during this time, and no I did not use sugar or lard... I used Stevia and Hemp butter or Avacado oil, etc. Keep up the good work.

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    KJ, you are wrong. Gluten is NOT healthy for anyone... man or animal. I suspect you must work for a company that sells wheat- or gluten-laced products.

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    I heard today that having a gluten-free diet helps with arthritis. For this reason alone I am going to try it because my husband and I have arthritis in our backs and are in tremendous pain. I heard also it takes 1 month for the diet to take effect. We will try this for the month and pray that the results are satisfying.

    I am a celiac and have been gluten-free for over 2 years. I also have arthritis, especially in both thumb joints. Being gluten-free has done nothing for my arthritis. I tried the golden raisin and gin cure. It doesn't work either, but the gin is nice.

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    KJ, you are wrong. Gluten is NOT healthy for anyone... man or animal. I suspect you must work for a company that sells wheat- or gluten-laced products.

    I think moderation is key. Period. I am a certified Personal Trainer and an award-winning all-natural fitness competitor and I eat gluten every day and rock a 6 pack and buns of steel like no-body's business at 35 years young. I don't mean to brag on my physique, I'm just giving you a clue that eating everything and not cutting out food groups/types is key to obtain all health benefits. There's no purpose in complicating people's eating habits more than they already are by restricting them to things they'll most likely not stick with anyway. There's more food than imaginable that has gluten content in it and your body WILL NOT respond well on drastic, overnight changes by that kind of decision making. It's best to teach moderation, a calorie is still a calorie. How about just counting those. My clients range from 16-81 and they all eat gluten and each and everyone have lost weight and feel great because I'm not restricting them from foods that they have no medical need to. For all you guys on "diets," I wish you would just learn more about moderation as there are enough "diets" floating around our society. Overall, eating healthy does indeed help with weight loss, but how about exercising? You can eat clean till you're blue in the face but how about some activity to actually benefit that food instead of just assuming eating food is going to work like a magic pill and that's it? Food isn't going to tighten your skin and build your muscles with no activity. Much respect to everyone trying to obtain healthier alternatives, it always brings joy to my spirits hearing people attempting a better life and of course these various responses are from what people say work for them which is great too. But before anyone says it's NOT healthy to eat gluten... please, refrain from what you're not positive about as that is just what may have worked for YOU. It's almost as if you're promising a death-sentence to these poor people. Just sayin...

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    Unless you have an allergy to gluten you will NEVER know how it affects your body! Sure go on and eat lard and sugar that will lead to a whole other area of health issues down the road!

     

    I'm looking forward to eating this way as I have had issues with my stomach for over a year and the doctors are only now saying it is a gluten intolerance.

     

    Having MANY friends that understand this allergy will help me stick to the new life style change!

    Thank you for this site...

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    Pushing a gluten-free diet for people who don't have a medical reason to be gluten-free is irresponsible, particularly when it's being pushed as a way to lose weight. You know what's gluten-free? Lard. And sugar. Therefore someone can be gluten-free while eating nothing but lard and sugar. This will lead neither to weight loss nor to better health. A gluten-free diet is NOT inherently healthy nor is it inherently a way to lose weight.

    I don't see this as "pushing" people to eat gluten-free! You came to this site for a reason?!?! So eating Gluten Free is a healthy choice and NOT just for others that have a medical reason.

    If you did your research you WOULD find that this way of eating is a healthier way and when in doing so is a better healthier YOU!

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    I heard today that having a gluten-free diet helps with arthritis. For this reason alone I am going to try it because my husband and I have arthritis in our backs and are in tremendous pain. I heard also it takes 1 month for the diet to take effect. We will try this for the month and pray that the results are satisfying.

    I had what seemed like pain in the joints. I thought it was stress related work. I found out from the doctor that I had a wheat intolerance. Once I got that out of my diet, I stopped having joint pain and a foggy brain.

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    Pushing a gluten-free diet for people who don't have a medical reason to be gluten-free is irresponsible, particularly when it's being pushed as a way to lose weight. You know what's gluten-free? Lard. And sugar. Therefore someone can be gluten-free while eating nothing but lard and sugar. This will lead neither to weight loss nor to better health. A gluten-free diet is NOT inherently healthy nor is it inherently a way to lose weight.

    You Kj! need to do some research. You have no idea what gluten is and what it does to ones body and mind. I suggest you pick up the book Grain Brain and Wheat Belly.

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    The research team included G Longarini, P Richly, MP Temprano, AF Costa, H Vázquez, ML Moreno, S Niveloni, P López, E Smecuol, R Mazure, A González, E Mauriño, and JC Bai. They are variously associated with the Small Bowel Section, Department of Medicine, Dr. C. Bonorino Udaondo Gastroenterology Hospital; Neurocience Cognitive and Traslational Institute (INECO), Favaloro Fundation, CONICET, Buenos Aires; the Brain Health Center (CESAL), Quilmes, Argentina; the Research Council, MSAL, CABA; and with the Research Institute, School of Medicine, Universidad del Salvador.
    The team enrolled fifty adults with symptoms and indications of celiac disease in a prospective cohort without regard to the final diagnosis.  At baseline, all individuals underwent cognitive functional and psychological evaluation. The team then compared celiac disease patients with subjects without celiac disease, and with healthy controls matched by sex, age, and education.
    Celiac disease patients had similar cognitive performance and anxiety, but no significant differences in depression scores compared with disease controls.
    A total of thirty-three subjects were diagnosed with celiac disease. Compared with the 26 healthy control subjects, the 17 celiac disease subjects, and the 17 disease control subjects, who mostly had irritable bowel syndrome, showed impaired cognitive performance (P=0.02 and P=0.04, respectively), functional impairment (P<0.01), and higher depression (P<0.01). 
    From their data, the team noted that any abnormal cognitive functions they saw in adults with newly diagnosed celiac disease did not seem not to be a result of the disease itself. 
    Their results indicate that cognitive dysfunction in celiac patients could be related to long-term symptoms from chronic disease, in general.
    Source:
    J Clin Gastroenterol. 2018 Mar 1. doi: 10.1097/MCG.0000000000001018.

    Connie Sarros
    Celiac.com 04/21/2018 - Dear Friends and Readers,
    I have been writing articles for Scott Adams since the 2002 Summer Issue of the Scott-Free Press. The Scott-Free Press evolved into the Journal of Gluten Sensitivity. I felt honored when Scott asked me ten years ago to contribute to his quarterly journal and it's been a privilege to write articles for his publication ever since.
    Due to personal health reasons and restrictions, I find that I need to retire. My husband and I can no longer travel the country speaking at conferences and to support groups (which we dearly loved to do) nor can I commit to writing more books, articles, or menus. Consequently, I will no longer be contributing articles to the Journal of Gluten Sensitivity. 
    My following books will still be available at Amazon.com:
    Gluten-free Cooking for Dummies Student's Vegetarian Cookbook for Dummies Wheat-free Gluten-free Dessert Cookbook Wheat-free Gluten-free Reduced Calorie Cookbook Wheat-free Gluten-free Cookbook for Kids and Busy Adults (revised version) My first book was published in 1996. My journey since then has been incredible. I have met so many in the celiac community and I feel blessed to be able to call you friends. Many of you have told me that I helped to change your life – let me assure you that your kind words, your phone calls, your thoughtful notes, and your feedback throughout the years have had a vital impact on my life, too. Thank you for all of your support through these years.

    Jefferson Adams
    Celiac.com 04/20/2018 - A digital media company and a label data company are teaming up to help major manufacturers target, reach and convert their desired shoppers based on dietary needs, such as gluten-free diet. The deal could bring synergy in emerging markets such as the gluten-free and allergen-free markets, which represent major growth sectors in the global food industry. 
    Under the deal, personalized digital media company Catalina will be joining forces with Label Insight. Catalina uses consumer purchases data to target shoppers on a personal base, while Label Insight works with major companies like Kellogg, Betty Crocker, and Pepsi to provide insight on food label data to government, retailers, manufacturers and app developers.
    "Brands with very specific product benefits, gluten-free for example, require precise targeting to efficiently reach and convert their desired shoppers,” says Todd Morris, President of Catalina's Go-to-Market organization, adding that “Catalina offers the only purchase-based targeting solution with this capability.” 
    Label Insight’s clients include food and beverage giants such as Unilever, Ben & Jerry's, Lipton and Hellman’s. Label Insight technology has helped the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) build the sector’s very first scientifically accurate database of food ingredients, health attributes and claims.
    Morris says the joint partnership will allow Catalina to “enhance our dataset and further increase our ability to target shoppers who are currently buying - or have shown intent to buy - in these emerging categories,” including gluten-free, allergen-free, and other free-from foods.
    The deal will likely make for easier, more precise targeting of goods to consumers, and thus provide benefits for manufacturers and retailers looking to better serve their retail food customers, especially in specialty areas like gluten-free and allergen-free foods.
    Source:
    fdfworld.com

    Jefferson Adams
    Celiac.com 04/19/2018 - Previous genome and linkage studies indicate the existence of a new disease triggering mechanism that involves amino acid metabolism and nutrient sensing signaling pathways. In an effort to determine if amino acids might play a role in the development of celiac disease, a team of researchers recently set out to investigate if plasma amino acid levels differed among children with celiac disease compared with a control group.
     
    The research team included Åsa Torinsson Naluai, Ladan Saadat Vafa, Audur H. Gudjonsdottir, Henrik Arnell, Lars Browaldh, and Daniel Agardh. They are variously affiliated with the Institute of Biomedicine, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden; the Institute of Clinical Sciences, Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden; the Department of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Karolinska University Hospital and Division of Pediatrics, CLINTEC, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden; the Department of Clinical Science and Education, Karolinska Institute, Sodersjukhuset, Stockholm, Sweden; the Department of Mathematical Sciences, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden; the Diabetes & Celiac Disease Unit, Department of Clinical Sciences, Lund University, Malmö, Sweden; and with the Nathan S Kline Institute in the U.S.A.
    First, the team used liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC/MS) to analyze amino acid levels in fasting plasma samples from 141 children with celiac disease and 129 non-celiac disease controls. They then crafted a general linear model using age and experimental effects as covariates to compare amino acid levels between children with celiac disease and non-celiac control subjects.
    Compared with the control group, seven out of twenty-three children with celiac disease showed elevated levels of the the following amino acids: tryptophan; taurine; glutamic acid; proline; ornithine; alanine; and methionine.
    The significance of the individual amino acids do not survive multiple correction, however, multivariate analyses of the amino acid profile showed significantly altered amino acid levels in children with celiac disease overall and after correction for age, sex and experimental effects.
    This study shows that amino acids can influence inflammation and may play a role in the development of celiac disease.
    Source:
    PLoS One. 2018; 13(3): e0193764. doi: & 10.1371/journal.pone.0193764