Gluten Free Products

Unfortunately most GF products fail to simulate the ‘original’ they are trying to replace. Some are nice, but nothing like the gluten laden original and others are just downright horrible.

In addition, due to the European definition of Gluten Free being up to 20 ppm (parts per million) [since 2012] it is still possible to consume a level of gluten which may have a detrimental effect on the gluten intolerant.

Because of this I usually prefer home-made meals made from naturally gluten free ingredients. However that’s often inconvenient for modern humanity so here are some GF products which are quite nice.

Update for 2015

It seems a bunch of feckless celebrities in America seized on the gluten free diet as a magical way to make a bunch of cash by seeding click-bait websites like the Daily Wail with ‘news stories’ about what an instagram model has been eating in the last 24 hours.

So whilst you may be mocked relentlessly for having coeliac disease you can at least appreciate this has had some benefits for those people who really do need to avoid gluten such as improved labelling and a growing number of processed foods getting a GF certification. This has greatly improved the quality of the products available.

The self-doubt and depression resulting from the ubiquitous belief that your real and painful symptoms are just a fad you have randomly succumbed to, like home-baking or ball-room dancing, are at least mitigated by it being much easier to eat your way out of depression. For the moment at least there are still more support groups for the overweight than the gluten intolerant (outside of Los Angeles, er, probably?)


From July 2011:
The only nice gluten free pasta I have ever found is a GF spaghetti called Salute. It used to be available from all the main supermarkets, but Tesco & Sainsbury’s decided to introduce their own dreadful, tasteless gritty product themselves. Waitrose still stocks Salute GF spaghetti though.

December 2015 Update

Because of the continuing difficulty in getting Salute spaghetti, I have occasionally been exposed to various supermarket varieties recently and generally the quality / technology of wheat free spaghetti seems to have improved. The key seems to be gauging the perfect cooking period for the particular GF pasta.

Doves Farm gluten free brown rice spaghetti


From July 2011:
Most GF bread substitutes, taste bad and have to be toasted before they can be used, however recently a new product entered the market called Genius Bread It comes in a plain white and a seeded variety. Both are nice & can be used without toasting although spreading anything slightly viscous on top will shred the slice.

Now, in 2015, there are a huge variety of gluten free breads. Most of the major UK bread mass-producers have several gluten free versions. I don’t really use bread alternatives at all except for very rarely so I can’t reccommend any favourite. I can say that even the very worst is about 20 zillion times better than the very best before genius hit the market 6 years ago.

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