Many people who have Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance need to stay away from wheat. And with all the GMO wheat on the market it’s probably a good idea to stay away from wheat in general.
But what kinds of flour can we substitute for wheat?
Here are a few great alternatives:
Almond Flour - If you have problems with regular flour then take a look at Almond Flour. Almond Flour is full of protein, fiber, and also great B and E vitamins. Almond Flour has half the carbs of regular flour. Full of magnesium, potassium, iron, calcium and more minerals. Full of good fatty acids that reduce cholesterol and also full of flavonoids that prevent cancer. Also shown to help reduce blood pressure and Almond Flour is good for the lips and skin, and also relieves stress and helps your memory. – Good stuff
Elephant Foot Yam Flour - The large tuber resembles an elephant foot thus the name “Elephant Foot Yam”. Elephant Foot Yams contain a large amount of protein making them great as a staple food.Elephant Foot Yams also contain large amounts of carbs that are important for vital energy and sustenance such as potatoes. Elephant Foot Yams lower bad cholesterol or LDL cholesterol and thus help to prevent cardiovascular disease, strokes, and cancer.
In Ayurvedic Medicine this yam is well known for helping with asthma and bronchitis. Eating this yam for 90 days lowers a blood sugar levels and lowers the amount of insulin or blood sugar lowering drugs a person needs. Eating Elephant Foot Yam also helps with diarrhea and abdominal pain and gas.
Eating Elephant Foot Yam also helps to prevent muscles spasms.
Elephant Foot Yams contain lots of great fiber that creates a wonderful home for probiotic bacteria thus helping to boost your immune system and prevent colon cancer.
Also it contains diosgenin… which is being researched for treatment and prevention of cancer. Elephant Foot Yams are full of great fiber which make one feel full and thus you lose weight.
Eating Elephant Foot Yams helps cool the body… great for hot climates. Women who eat Elephant Foot Yams find they have good hormonal balance. Elephant Foot Yam if boiled with buttermilk and tamarind makes a great treatment for enlarged prostate.
Elephant Foot Yams also contain powerful anticoagulant compounds that helps to prevent heart attacks. Elephant Foot Yam contains lots of compounds such as betasitosterol, galactose, xylose, betulinic acid, lupeol, stigmasterol, and amylase which are all healing compounds that phytosterols.
Also contains zinc for boosting up your immune system, phosphorus for strong bones, potassium for water regulation, B-6 for PMS, copper and iron for anemia, calcium for strong bones, and many more trace minerals plus Vitamin A which is a powerful antioxidant.
Elephant Foot Yams have a very low glycemic index making them great for diabetics and for weight loss. Elephant Foot Yams contain a lot of great Omega 3 Oils that are important for preventing cardiovascular disease and cancer.
Elephant Foot Yams can be used in curries, made into chips, soups, stews, casseroles, fried, baked, in stir fries, and just about any used that you can think of for regular sweet potatoes… and it can be made into a flour for making bread.
Bread Fruit Flour - Breadfruit is loved because it has a wonderful flavor. Breadfruit trees are large and produce lots of fruit, and even Sir Joseph Banks in 1769 said that if a man plants 10 Breadfruit trees he has done is duty for future generations.
Bread Fruit contains Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids and is full of fiber thus lowering bad cholesterol or LDL cholesterol and increasing good cholesterol or HDL cholesterol, lowering triglycerides… and helps in the prevention of heart attacks, strokes, and cancer.
And because of Bread Fruits has lots of fiber it slows down absorption of sugars so it’s helpful for diabetics. It also lowers blood pressure and can help in preventing colon cancer because it contains lots of fiber thus making the colon a good place for probiotic bacteria to grow… thus boosting your immunity. And because of Bread Fruit contains lots of fiber it’s also good for reducing the risk of colon cancer.
The fruit flesh can be dried and made into a very nutrient rich flour that is very healthy, much healthier than wheat flour and it’s gluten free, plus it makes great bread. Breadfruit also contains lutein and zeasanthin which are important for eye health and for preventing macular degeneration. Plus Breadfruit is cholesterol free and super low in fat.
Bread Fruit also contains Vitamins A and C for getting rid of free radicals and boosting immunity, B Vitamins for increase vitality and mood enhancement, Vitamin E for sexual health, Vitamin K for proper clotting, selenium for treating prostate cancer, copper and iron for anemia, phosphorus and calcium for strong bones, zinc for boosting immunity, potassium for water regulation, magnesium for regulating blood sugar levels, manganese for arthritis, and many different proteins such as lysine for building muscles and enzyme production.
Maya Nut Flour - Maya Nuts (also called bread nuts or ramon nuts) contain a complete protein that’s similar to animal protein because it contains lots of absorbable iron.
Maya nuts can be eaten raw or roasted and made into flour and then made into lots of foods (tastes a little bit like mashed potatoes). Maya flour makes great bread, tortillas, biscuits, cakes, soups, stews, tea, burgers, sauces, cookies, cereal, drinks, pudding, pancakes, ice cream, tamales… and it can even be made into a drink with cinnamon that tastes a little bit like chocolate – wonderful.
Maya nuts contain of lots important nutrients for infants, older people, and women who are pregnant and vegetarians. Maya Nuts contain tryptophan a relaxing agent that helps with insomnia, and maya nuts increase serotonin levels, thus they can elevate mood and help with depression.
Maya Nuts contain protein, fiber, potassium for good blood pressure, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, copper, iron, selenium for relaxation, vitamins A, B, C, and E… and lots of powerful antioxidants that prevent cardiovascular disease, strokes, and cancer.
And maya nuts stabilize blood sugar and lower cholesterol too, and fiber helps with constipation and gives you that full feeling… thus you eat less. And maya nuts do not create allergic reactions like walnuts, peanuts, almonds and other nuts do.
Sago Palm Flour - Sago is used around the world for those who are debilitated and cannot digest food well. Sago leaves are cut and the starch inside is made into Pearls and used in Japanese teas (Bubble Teas) and also made into something similar to tapioca Pudding, but it’s not tapioca.
Sago is very low in fat and protein and thus it’s very easy to digest. If you need a good source of carbs then Sago may we just what you need. And it’s low in calories and can be cooked with rice for a nice low calorie meal… which also cools the body.
Sago flour can be used in place of regular flour… and Sago is used to make bread in Nepal… and works well for those who don’t get along with wheat. Sago has little in the way of minerals and vitamins so you might want to add brown rice flower or chickpea flour, or nut flours to Sago for more nutrients. And Sago flour is a great way to thicken anything you are cooking.
Konjac Root Flour - Konjac Root from Asia is filled with lots of great fiber and is also full of amazing minerals such as iron, potassium, calcium, selenium and also a small amount of fats that are good for the body and protein. And it absorbs water in your stomach and makes you feel full… so you lose weight – has zero calories and no carbs. It lowers blood glucose and also increases insulin production so it’s great for diabetics.
Konjac Root is also very alkaline (Good for the body) and can be used as flour for making all kinds of great foods including noodles. And it has lots of great Vitamins including A, B’s, C, E, and it also lowers cholesterol. Konjac Root is great for the GI tract and sooths away any of the irritable bowel diseases that are common these days. And some clinical studies show it might help prevent cancer and also promote the growth of probiotic bacteria. Konjac Root is great Great Stuff.
Finger Millet Flour - Finger Millet is a grain grown in dry regions of the world is very high in protein, low in carbs, high in minerals, very high in methonine a good amino acid that is very hard to come by in most foods. Plus Finger Millet is easy for children to digest, gluten free, high in fiber and also lowers cholesterol helping to prevent heart attacks and strokes and lowers blood pressure. It also lowers blood glucose levels so it’s great for those who are diabetic.
And the Nitriloside in Finger Millet has been show to help prevent cancer. Finger Millet can be made into flour and also used in soups, stews, and all kinds of healthy foods including great bread. And some people believe it can help you lose weight.
Lupin Seed Flour - You might have noticed Lupin Flowers on the side of the road but did you know they are being raised for seed and that the seeds have great health benefits?
The seeds can be made into flour and it lowers your blood glucose level, and also lowers LDL and total cholesterol levels and boosts your energy level. Lupin keeps you feeling good for a long time because it breaks down in to glucose very slowly… great for keeping you from getting hungry and thus you lose weight.
Lupin Flour also helps lower blood pressure and thus helps prevent cardiovascular disease and stroke. Lupin is probiotic in action and also a good hypoallergenic food, much better for you than wheat. And Lupin is full of great vitamins, minerals and protein and high in antioxidants. What more could you ask for–a great natural food–that is good for you.
Hazel Nut Flour - This natural source of food has been commercialized and is grown in mass production in Oregon, Washington, but also in Europe and the UK, China, Iran, Spain, Italy, Turkey, and other countries. Turkey has the largest production of Hazel Nuts in the world. Hazel Nuts have lots of energy in them (100 grams of nuts contains about 600 calories) a good food source… look for them growing wild along streams.
Hazel Nuts of Filberts are high in phytochemicals that prevent cancer. If you have Celiac Disease or have gluten sensitivity then using Hazel Nut Flour is a great way to have your cake and eat it too… no pun intended. I make a wonderful Hazel Nut Chocolate Cake that’s to die for! Hazel Nuts have lots of fiber in them… and thus promote probiotic bacteria growth, thus improving colon health and boosting your immune system.
Hazel Nut Oil is wonderful and has been used for cooking for centuries. It’s monounsaturated and contains lots of oleic acid, and linoleic acid which is great for lowering cholesterol. Hazel Nuts are a good source of protein to build strong muscles.
Hazel Nuts also contain iron and copper for anemia, zinc for boosting your immune system, phosphorus and calcium for strong bones, potassium for water regulation and cardiovascular health, manganeses which works together with antioxidants to boost your immune system, magnesium for improved metabolism, and selenium for fertility. Even though Hazel Nuts contain oil… they are also cholesterol free.
There are many more alternative flours but these will get your started.
Making Them Sticky - Also to get these flours to stick together and be more glutenous can be done by adding Xanthene Gum. Just a very small amount of this natural gum added to your alternative flour works great for making bread.
If you google “buy _______ flour” lots of places will come up where you can order these alternative flours, or you can ask for them at your local health food store.
Here’s to your good health!
This article is meant to get you started… so you can do more research on your own… dig a little deeper and find what works for you. This article is for educational purposes only, I strongly recommend that you seek advice from your own GP, private doctor, or medical specialist for any ailment, illness, or medical condition.. this article not meant to be a scientific analysis in any way, shape, or form.
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