In general, those of us in the Philippines who are avoiding foods with gluten, we’re happy to say, won’t have a difficult time finding food that are gluten free in this country (It actually fits well in typical Filipino diet: rice, anyone?). Most of the carbohydrates and starch sources that we have in our local dishes are commonly gluten-free.
We have already discussed what gluten-free food is, and what the common sources of gluten free food could be, even grains you’d definitely be glad to know are gluten-free. Let’s see 3 important food items to add to your gluten-free list.
Yes, the Filipino stomach won’t be satisfied without this Filipino dining staple. Though a lot might already be aware that rice is not a member of the gluten foods roster, there are still some that are quite uneasy about it. Good news is, rice is not part of your blacklist. So it’s not necessary to avoid your hankering for rice when you have it.
Craving for a stick of kamote-cue this afternoon? Go ahead! Though it’s actually one of the most underestimated carbohydrates around, it boasts a good quality of sugar that does not easily disperse in our blood, unlike its other variety, the tastier regular potato. So this is, indeed, a dieter’s delight. And of course, it’s one of the foods without gluten (Yey!).
Rice Noodles (Bihon)
As a rice source, we can all instinctively declare now that this is not a gluten laden food. As one of the party favorites that symbolizes “long life”, noodles such as bihon, though will not really “extend” your life, is technically safe for consumption for our gluten intolerant friends. The catch however, is that it should be generously washed first, especially if you are not sure where it was manufactured since cross-contamination during processing might have happened. Not a fan of rice noodles, there are some more pasta items you can find in your typical grocery store that are gluten free. You can even have some home delivered.
We’ll get to know more gluten free foods in our next posts so, stay tuned!
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