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Is Maltodextrin Gluten Free? Why is it in Everything?

What is Maltodextrin? Maltodextrin is a polysaccharide or literally interpreted, many sugars. When individual sugar molecules are hooked together they form polysaccharides. In other words, maltodextrin is starch, similar to cornstarch. Almost all of the native protein of the plant source is removed in the production process leaving only the starch. Maltodextrin is easily digested and therefore has a high glycemic index. Is Maltodextrin Gluten Free? The short answer is yes. Although maltodextrin can be produced from any high starch plant, it is predominately derived from corn, followed by potato and rice in the U.S. In non-GMO products, it is most often sourced from potato starch. Maltodextrin from wheat starch (common in Europe) must either be labeled showing a wheat...

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Gluten Free For Beginners

Vivian’s Live Again began around the idea that food and eating should be a great experience both in taste and social interaction. Often, social gatherings with food can make the Celiac sufferer or the cook for the event feel uneasy. These guidelines are designed to put the uneasy cook at ease. Share it with your friends and family to help them too. These suggestions can help families with some members that follow a gluten free diet and others who do not.   Clean and Simple Think “Clean and Simple” when cooking gluten free and half the battle is over. Before cooking gluten free, clean your kitchen well. Wipe down counters including corners that are often missed. Wipe the main preparation...

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I’m in a Hurry Gluten Free Lasagna

Yesterday afternoon on Facebook I noticed that Lacey was longing for good lasagna. I wondered if I could make gluten free lasagna the way I usually make lasagna so I decided to make it for dinner that night. The instructions are not like a traditional recipe because I decided to make this at 4:00 p.m. and dinner needed to be at 6:00. I stopped at the store and got some Tinkyada gluten-free lasagna noodles and headed home. I looked in my fridge when I got home and saw a tub of sour cream. I also needed some meat. I did not have time to brown hamburger. What would I do? No leftover meat. A can of chicken? I have done...

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