Gluten is part of a family of proteins commonly found in various grains like wheat, rye, barley and spelt. Wheat is the most common grain used where gluten is present in considerable quantities. The main ingredients of gluten are gliadin and glutenin. Of these two, glutenin is associated with negative health effects. It is not good for some people because it can aggravate Celiac disease, with symptoms like digestive discomfort, damage to tissues in the small intestine, diarrhoea, constipation, headaches, tiredness, and depression as well as weight loss. Celiac disease is autoimmune in nature, which means that the gluten is treated like a foreign substance by the body. Hence it attacks the gluten in the body, damaging other organs in the process.
The best way to know if you are susceptible to gluten is to have a blood test done, namely the tTG-IgA test, which if positive, will require a tissue biopsy for confirmation. If you test positive for gluten susceptibility, these are the alternatives you can use to make your meal just as tasty, if not tastier.
- Excellent substitute for wheat flour
- Great for baking
Living Now® Organic Rice Flour is a great gluten-free alternative for white flour when combined with other flours for baking allergen-free breads, pancakes, muffins, cookies, pastries and more. It’s also a good thickening agent for gravies and sauces. Brown Rice Flour also imparts a strong, nutty flavor that’s ideal for a variety of preparations compared to the White Rice Flour.
Living Now is more than just a brand of great-tasting gluten-free foods – it’s a way of life for anyone with food sensitivities. This premium line was developed to provide wholesome, healthy foods bursting with flavor and made without gluten and major common allergens including wheat, nuts, soy, dairy, eggs, and shellfish. Living Now is produced in a dedicated, allergy-friendly facility and is Non-GMO with no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives. With Living Now eating is safe, fun, and satisfying again!
- Great substitute for wheat flour
- Excellent for baking and for use as a thickener
Many people are surprised to learn that tapioca is used for more than just pudding. Derived from the root of the cassava plant, Living Now® Tapioca Flour is a fantastic thickening agent that’s gluten-free and protein-free.
In Southeast Asia, Tapioca Flour is widely used to make soft, tender baked goods, including breads, cookies, cakes, biscuits and more. It’s an excellent addition to baked goods with a high liquid content, such as fruit pies, since tapioca absorbs moisture and is commonly used as a thickening agent in soups and sauces. For delicious gluten-free foods, Living Now® Tapioca Flour is a must!
- Healthy Low-Carb Substitute for Flour
- Naturally Occurring Essential Fatty Acids
Almonds aren’t just a healthy snack food; they’re also an excellent addition to many other popular foods. Almonds can also be used to make a wholesome and delicious flour that can be substituted for white flour in almost any recipe.
NOW Real Food® Raw Almond Flour is 100% pure, unblanched, gluten-free, and low in carbs, making it a healthy and tasty alternative to bleached white flour. Almond flour adds a rich texture and color to your favorite baked goods.
- Excellent Source of Iron and Fiber
- No Added Sugar or Sulfites
With Now Real Food® Organic Coconut Flour, you can say goodbye to overly processed, grain-based flours and replace them with a wholesome, flavorful flour that’s free of gluten and other common allergens. Our Organic Coconut Flour is dried, defatted coconut meat and ground into a fine powder. It’s also an excellent source of fiber.
- Organic Ancient Grain with a Sweet and Nutty Flavor
- Good Source of Protein and Fiber
There are grains… and then there’s Amaranth. Along with buckwheat and quinoa, Amaranth is one of the few plant sources to offer a complete set of amino acids, making it a rare plant source of complete protein. It’s naturally gluten-free and a good source of protein and fiber.
Living Now® Organic Amaranth is perfect for making gluten-free pasta, but should be combined with other grains/flours for baked goods since it has no gluten and will not rise on its own. Amaranth has a mild flavor that’s both sweet and nutty, and it’s a popular addition to many vegetarian recipes.
Green Banana Flour
- Natural Resistant Starch
- For Baking Sauces, Soups and Smoothies
- Gluten-Free Flour Replacement
Although it sounds rather bananas, NOW Real Food® Green Banana Flour is actually an excellent gluten-free alternative to wheat flour. Made from fresh, unripe bananas, this pleasingly mild flour has almost no banana flavor, so it’s a perfect substitute in any recipe that uses regular flour. Better yet, you’ll typically need about 25% less banana flour due to its high starch content. Thus, you get light, fluffy baked goods without any grit or heaviness.
Banana flour also has naturally occurring potassium and fiber and is a digestion-friendly resistant starch. From delicious cakes to sauces, soups, smoothies, and more, Green Banana Flour is a smart and wholesome addition to any recipe.