It was not that long ago that much of the gluten free foods on the market were horrible tasting. Over the last five years, dramatic advancements in food quality have been made. This is due to the increasing number of people who are being diagnosed with Celiac Disease, Gluten Intolerance, Gluten Allergies and sensitivity to gluten. Couple this with the wave of people simply cutting out this protein because they think it is healthier and you have a variety of food manufacturers stepping up to create edible gluten free foods.
The main foods that companies focus on are bread, pizza, cookies and cereal. One of the first breads on the market was from Ener-G. This bread, which needed to be heavily toasted, is still found on supermarket shelves across the globe. People who do not know any better choose this bread. Ener-G brand bread is possibly the worst tasting bread on the market today while just a few years ago it was the only option. Today, numerous companies including Rudi’s, Udi’s, The Grainless Baker, Against the Grain and Canyon Bakehouse have started producing bread that is almost as delicious as the real thing. The best part about all of the gluten free foods from these companies is that they do not need to be toasted to be enjoyed. Anyone who has been dealing with gluten related issues for longer than a few years undoubtedly remembers when bread products had to be heavily toasted to even be edible.
Pizza is another popular item that companies are producing. Over the past few years several companies have stepped into the lime-light to offer a tasty alternative for this beloved dish. The best of the best comes from Schar Gluten Free. The personal size pizza shells are sold in a two-pack. As with all foods without gluten, it is primarily how you prepare the dish that counts. When making pizza with this crust it is best if you put a little butter on the bottom of the pizza shell with some garlic salt and Italian seasoning. Top with your favorite toppings and bake on a dark pan or aluminum foil at 325 degrees until the cheese is slightly browned. This will ensure that the bottom of the pizza is nice and crispy while the top is softer from absorbing the sauce during the cook time. Gluten free cereals have been replaced by mainstream manufacturers who changed their recipes and production lines to create products now that do not contain gluten.
All in all, there are hundreds of new products available in the health food store and online that are made without gluten. Gone are the days when the food items available were barely edible. Today, those on gluten free diets can rejoice in the delicious choices of gluten free foods.
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