Health has evolved, and so has the threats to it. Allergies run rampant, risks of getting dangerous conditions have turned manifold but on the positive end, many problems have multiple solutions as well. One concern that is ruling about 10% of our population is gluten allergies. Gluten, as you know, is a type of protein found naturally in wheat, rye, and barley mostly. Gluten allergy is when a person is unable to process this and their immune system reacts to the consumption of the same. It results in various issues ranging from bloating, gas, diarrhea to inner-lining damage of intestines. But sadly most of our diets are focused or involves gluten, and to avoid seems tough. But not to worry, we’ll provide you with a list of gluten-free flours which you can use to make bread, flat-breads, cakes, cookies or whatever you would ordinarily use flour in.
· Almond Flour: This is the best option for those looking for gluten-free options. It has a nutty flavor and is generally a little denser than your regular wheat options, but it contains iron, magnesium, potassium, vitamin E. Yes it’s also a little rich in the calorie count too.
· Sorghum Flour: Another great option for both diabetics and gluten allergy. A thicker option not just in texture but also on fiber and protein (sans gluten). They say it can aid in balancing blood sugar levels too.
· Amarnath Flour: An ancient flour, with an earthy flavor made of pseudo-grain. Think bread, pie crusts full of micronutrients. And they say it’s good for bone and brain health. Plus it is amazing for people with diabetics, as it takes time releasing sugar into the bloodstream. But yes its best consumed in smaller quantities.
· Teff Flour: the World’s smallest grain, with a variety of colors with a flavor ranging from mild to earthy. The only flour with vitamin C among others like calcium. It is amazing for sour breads. Also its quite filling, and it aids in managing blood sugar. So again great for diabetes.
· Brown Rice Flour: a whole grain flour, rich in protein and fiber, iron, vitamins B, manganese, lignans. It is versatile can be used for making noodles, desserts, and heart-healthy.
· Coconut Flour: another commonly available flour which has less amount of carbohydrates, hence making it a good option for diabetics as well.
There are many other gluten-free options as well, but these make for a great choice for diabetes as well. You may be wondering why to talk about diabetes along with gluten. True that these are different conditions however with India’s 70% population at risk of diabetes, it becomes imperative to consider it as well. Type 1 diabetes according to a few researches can be affected along with the celiac disease. However, type 2 seems unaffected.
Whatever the scenario eat healthy to stay healthy. Stay happy and you will make your inner self glow ten times than normal.