Have Your Say
I have many conversations and stories on the Totnes market-stall on the popular subject of self-healing using wholefoods. This cookbook was partially written for those who want to cook delicious free-from dishes which everyone can enjoy.
Obesity and food related issues are becoming the norm, for example many allergic people discover that eliminating a particular food from their diet can transform their lives. For others the journey is a longer term proposition, clearing candida or Type 2 diabetes from their system or balancing out the ill effects of a long term acidic diet. Parents can be over-challenged by their children’s demands for vegan meals or hostesses stressed out by having to suddenly cook endless separate dishes for a lactose intolerant guest.
Whatever the issue, if it involves eating in a new way I have found that there is often a period of emotional adjustment as well as practical new habits to adopt. This can take a while to implement and I am often asked about how to use the more unusual ingredients as people can find it hard to get their heads around a different set of cooking rules and methods.
Q: Why are some oats labelled gluten-free and others not?
A: Oats are naturally gluten-free, however unless the packaging bears a gluten-free label you can assume that they have been processed using machinery which is contaminated with wheat or barley.
Q: If so, then why am I am still allergic to gluten-free oats?
A: This may be because 5% of the coeliac population is sensitive to avenin, a protein, similar to gluten, is found in oats.
Q: Does spelt flour contain gluten?
A: Yes, it does but in a lower concentration than the hybridised wheat strains commonly used in most baking, so some gluten-intolerant folk can digest it without problems.
Q: What is the difference in dietary needs between dairy free and veganism?
A: A dairy -free diet avoids all milk based products but eat eggs. Vegans do not eat eggs or any foods or products which are animal based, honey for example or wine strained through fish bladders!
Q; What is the difference between a food allergy and food intolerance?
A: A food allergy is an adverse immune response, usually to the protein element in the food and can be life threatening.
A food intolerance/sensitivity is a difficulty in digesting certain foods, the symptoms are uncomfortable but do not involve the immune system.