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Whole Grain Gluten-Free Recipes

By June 23, 2011

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Gluten-Free Buckwheat Mini Loaf Bread RecipeSome of the most delicious gluten-free recipes are made with whole grains like oatmeal, oat flour, buckwheat and millet. Unfortunately it's not that easy to find these more nutrient-dense grains in packaged mixes and ready-made gluten-free products.

Gluten-free whole grains contain more fiber, protein, antioxidants and minerals than refined flours. Even so, they contain more carbohydrates than healthy fresh vegetables and are not typically a source of all essential amino acids (proteins) needed for growth and development. These are both important considerations when you're working to eat a well-balanced gluten-free diet. Excess grains, even whole ones can lead to nutrient imbalances.

Not all people with Celiac disease can tolerate whole grains, especially early in recovery on the gluten-free diet. Be sure to talk to your physician or nutritionist about adding gluten-free oats or other GF whole grains and start with small servings.

Also both whole grains and refined starches can elevate blood glucose levels, although grains like oatmeal which are high in soluble fiber help to prevent blood sugar spikes. If you have diabetes or prediabetes be sure to discuss the gluten-free diet with your physician before adding lots of grains and starches to your daily diet.

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