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Kent’s Market has Gluten Free Options!

What exactly is gluten? What does gluten free mean? Gluten is a group of proteins found in cereal grains and wheat. Gluten is responsible for bread being “doughy” and helping foods maintain their shape (like glue). When an individual advises they eat a gluten free diet, they do not consume any food item that contains gluten. Some individuals must maintain a gluten free diet due to a sensitivity or allergy that triggers an autoimmune response within their digestive system. Others chose a gluten free diet based on trend or other diet lifestyle choices.

Well – Kent’s Market is a one stop shop for all things gluten free! It is stressful to not be prepared ahead of time with specialty diet items – but Kent’s has such a huge variety of gluten free choices – you won’t go hungry! Kent’s is sensitive to special dietary needs and go above and beyond to meet their customer’s needs. No need to double check the nutrition information – we have picked the best and most trusted gluten free brands to ensure easy shopping!

Kent’s carries Bob’s Red Mill items such as flours, granolas, and other baking essentials. Once you learn to swap out regular flour for gluten free flour (coconut, almond) you can pretty much copy any recipe without too much stress! Full Circle items are readily stocked at Kent’s – which includes many everyday food items from cookies, pastas, snack bars and chips that are gluten free.

Gluten free pasta marketed and distributed by Barrilla is also stocked at Kent’s. Other gluten free brands you will find among the shelves at Kent’s includes Goodie Girl (cookies), Mayacamas (gravy and sauce mixes), Glutino (pretzels and wafers), Betty Crocker (gluten free cake mixes), Krusteaz (muffin and cornbread mixes), and Beanitos (chips).

Consuming a gluten free diet definitely includes trial and error, but you don’t have to worry about second guessing your choices when shopping at Kent’s! We have taken the guess work OUT of your shopping! So, when considering gluten free items, Kent’s Market is the worry free place to go.

Here is a small sampling of the Gluten Free Options we have!

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Check out some of the great Gluten Free brands we offer at Kent's !

  • Bob’s Red Mill (Flour, granola & other baking essentials)
  • Full Circle (Cookies, Pastas)
  • Barilla (Pastas)
  • Goodie Girl (Cookies)
  • Mayacamas (Gravy & Sauce mixes)
  • Glutino (Pretzels, Wafers)
  • Betty Crocker (Cake Mixes)
  • Krusteaz (Muffin & Cornbread mixes)
  • Beanitos (Chips)
"Product variety and availability may vary by store !"

What is Celiac Disease

Celiac disease, also known as gluten intolerance, is a genetic disorder that affects at least 1 in 133 Americans. Symptoms of celiac disease can range from the classic features, such as diarrhea, weight loss, and malnutrition, to latent symptoms such as isolated nutrient deficiencies but no gastrointestinal symptoms. Those affected suffer damage to the villi (shortening and villous flattening) in the lamina propria and crypt regions of their intestines when they eat specific food-grain antigens (toxic amino acid sequences) that are found in wheat, rye, and barley. Oats have traditionally been considered to be toxic to celiacs, but recent scientific studies have shown otherwise. This research is ongoing, however, and it may be too early to draw solid conclusions.

"Because of the broad range of symptoms celiac disease presents, it can be difficult to diagnose. The symptoms can range from mild weakness, bone pain, and aphthous stomatitis to chronic diarrhea, abdominal bloating, and progressive weight loss. If a person with the disorder continues to eat gluten, studies have shown that he or she will increase their chances of gastrointestinal cancer by a factor of 40 to 100 times that of the normal population. Further, gastrointestinal carcinoma or lymphoma develops in up to 15 percent of patients with untreated or refractory celiac disease. It is therefore imperative that the disease is quickly and properly diagnosed so it can be treated as soon as possible."

"Quoted from Celiac.com"
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What is Gluten?

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Gluten is the germ part of the wheat grain. The germ is closest to where the grain grows to the stalk. It is the highest source of protein of its counterparts.

This is the part of the grain where the most gluten is stored.

The endosperm section comprises over 80% of the grain and is where most of flour comes from.

Bran is the outer husk of the kernel. It is the edible portion that is not digestable by humans. Soluable fiber, like in wheat grain, helps food to pass through the intestines.

Whole grain foods include all of these parts of the kernel. In regards to wheat, it is important to note these subtle nuances in product labelling.

Gluten Free Baking Tips

When baking with a Gluten Free Flour, if there is no Xanthan Gum added to the flour already, then do the following: For Cakes, add 1 tsp. Xanthan Gum to 3 cups GF Flour. For Breads, add 2 1/2 tsp. Xanthan Gum to 3 cups GF Flour.

When converting a favorite recipe to Gluten Free it may turn out dry and/or crumbly. Try adding an extra egg, sour cream or yogurt for moisture. (Use low fat/reduced calorie versions of these items if you are watching calories or cholesterol.)

Adding applesauce, pureed fruit or yogurt to recipes helps gluten-free cakes, muffins and quick breads stay moist.

Adding shredded or desiccated coconut, chopped nuts, dried fruit, and chocolate chips also goes a long way to improving texture and flavor. Start with adding one half cup to your favorite recipe. Experiment and have fun.

Use organic light brown sugar instead of refined white sugar. It boosts moistness and flavor.

Honey is a humectant and adds moistness (use less liquid in the recipe if you use honey).

For milk substitutes in baking, gluten-free soy, rice and nut milks work very well. Use plain for a neutral flavor, or vanilla/chocolate for a flavor boost. Coconut milk also works.