The time has come for the gluten free trend to have a major makeover. In fact, it’s already underway! Finally, you cantalk about following a gluten free diet without looks of bewilderment and distaste.
This breakthrough comes down to a few reasons. Firstly,the general public is starting to become educated on exactly what gluten is and what it can do to your body. Australian’s are becoming more aware of the symptoms of gluten intolerance and what drastic effects it can have. Secondly, and perhaps most importantly for those who have already been following a gluten free diet, the preconceived notions (actually not just a notion, but the truth) of anything gluten free tasting like cardboard is slowly diminishing. Gluten free items can actually taste fantastic nowadays, as well as being good for you! They’re becoming so tasty, even people who don’t have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity are changing over to gluten free alternatives in their cooking. Why, you may ask, has there been such a shift in flavours from foul to fantastic? Well, one of the reasons is down to another wonderful product from the coconut tree- coconut flour!
Coconut flour is produced from raw, de-fatted ground coconut meat, and is increasingly being used to replace regular flour in many delectable dishes. Coconut Culture’s Coconut Flour has a beautiful, subtly sweet flavour, which as an added bonus usually cuts out the need to use extra sugar or artificial sweeteners in a variety of recipes. Less sugar is always a plus! Another bonus of coconut flour is that is high in digestible fibre, which your digestive system will thank you for. However, because of coconut flour’s fibrous nature, it does soak up a lot of moisture in recipes, so if replacing a 1:1 ratio of regular, gluten based flour, you will usually need to use additional liquid. Alternatively, you can join us on Coconut Culture’s website, www.coconutculture.com.au, for a range of gorgeous, readymade coconut flour recipes! From breakfast breads, to mouth watering mains, to delectable desserts, Coconut Culture’s Coconut Flour can make any dish a truly delightful experience for your taste buds- and banish those ideas of ordinary tasting gluten free food for good!
And speaking of the big ‘GF’, it’s interesting to note that us Australians are surprisingly very conscious of gluten intolerance in comparison to the rest of the Western world. We are the smart (gluten free) cookies who have cottoned on to the fact that approximately 50% of the population carries genetic markers associated with gluten sensitivity. Aussies have realised the myriad of symptoms associated with gluten intolerance like Irritable Bowel Syndrome, uncomfortable rashes which can lead to dermatitis, and the general feeling of heaviness and lack of energy. Because we’re a caring bunch at Coconut Culture, we decided to make the switch from gluten to gluten free an easy transaction for you by offering our delicious Coconut Flour to the world. So if you believe that gluten may be getting you down, why don’t you try a 30 day gluten free experiment? Start by replacing your regular flour with coconut flour, and even if you aren’t gluten sensitive, you won’t go back- it just tastes too good!