We're the gluten free cake myth busters! Here are six myths about gluten free cakes... totally busted!
Umm... These cakes from our bakers rose beautifully! This is a carrot cake (left) and gingerbread (right), both 100% gluten free. It does help if you have a good recipe - just replacing the 'normal' flour with gluten free versions doesn't always cut it.
Why not learn more about our gluten free cakes and test the myth yourself!
Myth #2: Gluten Free Cakes Are 'Gritty'
Again, it's all about what you put in the mixture. A pure gluten free flour may be a bit gritty, but mixed with other types of flour can really balance it out. Try coconut flour, ground rice, chickpea flour... There's lots to choose from.
Myth #3: Gluten Free Means A Grain-Free Diet
A common mis-conception of having a gluten free diet is it needs to be 100% grain free. This isn't the case, as rice, millet, buckwheat, corn, quinoa are all gluten free grains.
Oats often falls into the no-go category for gluten free diets, but actually, this is also incorrect. The reason oats get a bad name is they're easily contaminated with wheat in production and processing, so you're best off avoiding our banana oat cakes and flapjacks if you're having issues with gluten, though through no fault of their own!
Myth #4: Gluten Free Products Are 100% Free Of Gluten
No need to panic - you can still trust our 'gluten free' cake labelling, but gluten free is a legal definition, not a scientific one. It means food contains less than a certain legal amount of gluten. In the UK, for example, this is less than 20 parts per million. More info on this can be found on this website for Coeliac sufferers.
Myth #5: 'Glutinous' Products Contain Gluten
Wrong! 'Glutinous' actually means 'sticky'. Gluten is in wheat, barley and rye (see oats above), so, for example, 'glutinous rice' is just sticky rice - you're safe there! Why not try this fab recipe for this gluten free Sticky Date Cake from Food52, now you know you can?
Myth #6: Going Gluten Free Is A Fad
This is the worst myth of all. Going gluten free, for the majority of cases, is a decision a person takes to improve life changing, often painful and complicated symptoms. If you're medically diagnosed - and please don't self-diagnose - as a coeliac, you may have a combination of a number of symptoms (these are just a few):
- weigh loss - liver complications - repeated miscarriages
- alopecia - mouth ulcers - ataxia (loss of coordination)
Changing to a gluten free diet can alleviate some of these problems, and lead to a healthier lifestyle - for those who need to make the change.
If you're concerned you may be coeliac and could therefore benefit from a gluten free diet, make an appointment with your GP. More information is on the Coeliac UK website, but nothing beats face to face, personal medical advice.
The Team @ 280 Bakes
Mental health awareness is not just for today, World Mental Health Day, when the world comes together to promote wellbeing. It's for every day.
David Buck's blog is also worth looking at - he's very open and honest, and it's a great blog if you want to understand the person behind a challenging mental health issue.
Sometimes, all that's needed is a chat. A cuppa and a slice of cake is an open doorway to gentle, meaningful discussion about how you or your friend/colleague/relative is feeling - just like what the Environment Agency in Bristol did today! They held a 'coffee and cake' (with our delicious Victoria Sponge - thanks guys!) natter to help spread the word that 'mental health' is not a dirty word.
Why not post this image on the left on your Facebook today? We love it because the arrow cleverly points to your profile picture when you post it. Show you're listening!
Remember, it's ok NOT to be ok. Have some self-compassion and continue to breathe.
The Team @ 280 Bakes
We all know avocados are delicious, and they work wonderfully in our vegan chocolate cake, but what are the real benefits of this wonder fruit?
2. An avocado is a fruit especially high in fibre. This is digestible plant material which can help weight loss and reduce blood sugar levels.
3. Not all fat is bad, and avocados are an example of a source of 'good fat'. Some of the antioxidants in the fruit are even 'fat soluable', meaning they need fat to be able to dissolve and actually do some good to your body.
4. Eating avocados can lower your cholesterol, as well as increasing the 'good cholesterol' (HDL).
5. Some antioxidants found in avocados, Lutein and Zeaxanthin, are essential for eye health and eye sight.
It's settled. We love avocados and they love us back.
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