Turmeric is a healing spice if there ever was one! Hailing from the root of Curcuma longa - a leafy plant in the Zingiberaceae, or ginger family - recent research shows this golden-hued spice helps to fight cancer, guard against Alzheimer's, and balance blood sugar. That's because curcumin, the phytonutrient that gives turmeric its color, has potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory … [Read more...]


Quinoa, pronounced keen-wah, is considered "the supergrain of the future". Actually, it's not a grain at all, but rather the seed of a leafy plant in the goosefoot family that's distantly related to spinach. As a complete protein, quinoa contains all eight essential amino acids. It is also higher in unsaturated fats and lower in carbohydrates than most grains. Quinoa has a mild flavor … [Read more...]


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Alcohol (Gluten Free)

Alcohol, for the purposes of consumption, is ethanol. Alcoholic beverages come in numerous forms including beer, wine and hard liquor. Alcohol is produced by fermentation and/or distillation. Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant, or sedative. It slows brain functions, affects physical coordination and reaction time. Alcohol use is associated with numerous health problems including … [Read more...]


Arrowroot is a white gluten-free powder extracted from the root of a West Indian plant, Marantha arundinacea. It looks and feels like cornstarch, has no flavor and is used as a thickening agent for sauces, fruit pie fillings, glazes, and puddings. To use arrowroot, mix it with an equal amount of cold water and then whisk it into your hot liquid for about 30 seconds. Quick Substitutions: 2 … [Read more...]


Caraway seed is the fruit of a biennial herb in the Umbelliferae, or parsley family, known as Carum carvi. The seed is about 1/5-inch long and tapered at the ends. Holland is the world's largest Caraway producer. It is also grown in Germany, Russia, Morocco, parts of Scandanavia, Canada, and the United States. Caraway seed, with its pungent aroma and distinctly sweet-tangy flavor, … [Read more...]


Cardamom is the ground seed of a tropical fruit in the Zingiberacae, or ginger family known as Elettaria cardamomum. The seeds are found in oval-shaped fruit pods that are between 1/4- and 1-inch long. Cardamom comes from India, Guatemala, and Ceylon. In India, cardamom is traditionally used in curry blends, and in Scandinavian countries it is commonly added to breads. Most of the world's … [Read more...]


Beige and shaped like a flattened oval, barley is usually sold pearled, where it is hulled and polished to cook more quickly. Barley can also be found in quick cooking, whole hulled, Job’s tears (large hulled grains) grits flakes and flour varieties. Used to make beer, whiskey and cattle feed, barley is a gluten grain it should be avoided by those with gluten sensitivity. Glycemic Index = … [Read more...]

Buckwheat Groats (Kasha)

Kasha is roasted buckwheat groats which are coarse, medium or fine grain. It is naturally gluten free and sold whole or cracked. Kasha is a good source of protein and magnesium , as well as an excellent source of fiber. Glycemic Index = 45 Glycemic Load = 13 … [Read more...]


Not a true grain, buckwheat is a triangular seed from a fruit relative of rhubarb and sorrel, buckwheat has a nutty flavor and is sold roasted (kasha), whole grain cracked, or in unroasted groats grits or ground into flour. An excellent source of magnesium, buckwheat is also a good source of phytosterols which may help to reduce cholesterol. Buckwheat is gluten free. Glycemic Index … [Read more...]

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