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Gluten Free Products

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Created February 07, 2012 at 5:44 PM

What are you guys thoughts on gluten free products, like chips and pizza? I dont mean as a staple but as an occasional cheat. I follow a pretty strict paleo diet but do indulge in a GF pizza or other product on occasion. Are they better than the regular alternative, because they do not have the worst ingredient of them all GLUTEN.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on February 24, 2012
at 09:08 PM

Pizza Matt, would do. ;)

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on February 24, 2012
at 01:28 PM

Sorry my name doesn't live up to your standards. Should I change it to NotPaleoEnoughForWarren?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on February 08, 2012
at 09:05 PM

Yeah and don't forget that they wouldn't have found pizzas (GF or otherwise). lol

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on February 08, 2012
at 07:58 PM

Laughter is good. Just don't forget that true paleos would've eaten anything they could get their hands on as long as it wasn't known to be poisonous. :-))

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on February 08, 2012
at 12:02 AM

The gluten free items I've had (not that many -- a roll at a restaurant with a gf menu, cookies my students bought for me so I had to try one) tasted just fine to me, I was surprised. Pizza too -- really like the taste of the crust in several different places I've tried it. Not saying it's great to have a lot of it, but I think anything with gluten is the evil stuff, not the good stuff -- not worth triggering diseases.

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on February 07, 2012
at 11:31 PM

Gluten free stuff tastes like crap. It's just "bleh". If I'm going to cheat, I cheat on the reeeeal gooooood stuff.

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on February 07, 2012
at 11:19 PM

I have similar issues when experimenting with restaurant ordered GF pizza's. The problem could be due to cross-contamination if the facility is not 100% GF--which most arent. If cross-contamination is is not the issue I would look at the ingredient label; many GF products are still full of garbage.

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on February 07, 2012
at 10:41 PM

@FED, my exact thought when I saw the question! Once I decide to cheat, I want the BEST cheat--although, for me, it does need to be something that has no gluten in the first place.

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on February 07, 2012
at 08:41 PM

If you're going to cheat on occasion, why not cheat better? I doubt anyone here maintains a perfect 100% adherence (now and forever mind you) to whatever their definition of paleo is, so I don't see any reason why you shouldn't indulge in the occasional GF treat.

Personally, I try to figure out which cheats are better tolerated than others.

For example, I notice that my weight and well being are relatively unaffected by indulging in things like chicken wings or ice cream, but pizza messes me up big time.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on February 07, 2012
at 10:41 PM

@FED, my exact thought when I saw the question! Once I decide to cheat, I want the BEST cheat--although, for me, it does need to be something that has no gluten in the first place.

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on February 08, 2012
at 02:13 AM

I think it's fine. I would go GF judiciously but I certainly think it's better than the gluten-full version if you can't find or tolerate a paleo version of whatever food you want to eat. I am super happy with my paleo pizza egg/cheese crust so wouldn't go GF for that but no paleo baker has yet to make a cupcake that truly makes me happy so I go GF for that. (PSA: If anyone has a Tea Cakes bakery close to them they make the BEST gluten free cupcakes you've ever has in your life. Better than any cupcake you've ever had in your life period. No. Seriously. Get one if you can.)

Do what you have to do to make this way of eating liveable for the long term. If a little GF goodness does that for you then I say have at it.

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on February 08, 2012
at 01:09 AM

I think it depends. If you have leaky gut or are healing from years of damage from Celiac disease or gluten sensitivity (or whatever) you probably want to stay away from the carbs you'll find in many of the replacement products. I've found some delicious gluten free products but I'm sensitive to the carbs so I shouldn't really eat them anyway. Then again I enjoy occasionally ordering a really tasty gluten free pizza with a dairy free pesto from a local pizza place. It just so hits the 'pizza want now!' spot.

I personally enjoy whipping up a batch of gluten/dairy free chocolate chip or Snickerdoodle cookies when I'm in need of a treat. That way I can control the ingredients and just use what I've approved like low carb almond flour/meal, raw organic honey, organic ghee, organic coconut milk/cream, organic almond or cashew butter, and dairy/soy free chocolate bits. Check out the gluten free section of your local health food store for the allergen free almond flour/meal and chocolate chips. I usually start with recipes from The Gluten Free Almond Flour Cookbook by Elana Amsterdam and then just do straight substitutions for any ingredients I'm not board with like agave. Every single thing I've made out of there has been great.

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on February 07, 2012
at 08:37 PM

As an occasional treat, maybe not as bad as the real thing. I would go with the cauliflower crust pizza and NONE of the fake wheat analog powder mixes.

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on February 07, 2012
at 06:48 PM

I too indulge in GF pizza as a treat, but the last 3 times I have done this I wake up sick the next morning (throat, sinus, etc.). I order the pizza without cheese (so it rules out the dairy). Unfortunate, but I might have to give up the GF pizza treat - seems like I don't react well to even the gluten-free grains they use to make the crust (I think their mix contains sorghum and brown rice).

4164a77c7ccf4839ec7f1e665d27cc6d

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on February 07, 2012
at 11:19 PM

I have similar issues when experimenting with restaurant ordered GF pizza's. The problem could be due to cross-contamination if the facility is not 100% GF--which most arent. If cross-contamination is is not the issue I would look at the ingredient label; many GF products are still full of garbage.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on February 08, 2012
at 07:55 PM

It made me chuckle when I read that somebody that calls himself "Paleo Matt" is eating gluten free pizza.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on February 08, 2012
at 09:05 PM

Yeah and don't forget that they wouldn't have found pizzas (GF or otherwise). lol

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on February 08, 2012
at 07:58 PM

Laughter is good. Just don't forget that true paleos would've eaten anything they could get their hands on as long as it wasn't known to be poisonous. :-))

E6b2501296f0f1fb2c4fa5e04b061125

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on February 24, 2012
at 01:28 PM

Sorry my name doesn't live up to your standards. Should I change it to NotPaleoEnoughForWarren?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on February 24, 2012
at 09:08 PM

Pizza Matt, would do. ;)

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D63a9a7789b948a1e88647f6c0e504ca

on February 07, 2012
at 10:50 PM

I have had gluten-free pizza a number of times, found it quite delicious (really, I'd forgotten how fabulous pizza is), and felt no ill effects that I could tell. Once I had a bit of acid indigestion but that was the time I got sausage pizza. I plan to keep doing it, too, once in a while. I have drawn the line at buying frozen gf pizza to take home, however, even though my supermarket stocks numerous brands of it, forcing myself to keep it as a restaurant-only special treat! I also eat corn chips once in a while. A lot of gf products have bad vegetable oils or other things I'd prefer not to eat in them, so I steer clear.

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on February 07, 2012
at 09:46 PM

When I cheat, Gluten Free Pantry's truffle brownie mix is where I go. It is made with rice flour, and some potato starch as the flour base. It is the best I have tried and tastes like real brownies! I try to keep it for less than once per month.

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on February 07, 2012
at 05:47 PM

They are not optimal for regular consumption. As a treat they are better than the real thing. Gluten free white rice would be my first choice.

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