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Aug 8, 2007 12:01 PM

Gluten recipes

I was wondering if gluten free recipes are lower in calories than the normal version. Alton Brown had a recipe for gluten free chocolate chip cookies and he said they tasted just as good as the original. I have no problems with gluten, but I do try to watch my weight.

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  1. For the most part nope. In fact, some gluten free flours are even higher calorie. They produce a different crumb and different mouthfeel and texture. Experiment with them for taste and for impact on digestion (I know you're not gluten intolerant, but you may like the way gluten free products go down better), but not because you're trying to lower caloric intake.

    Gluten free living is sometimes lower calorie only because individuals can't eat as wide of a variety of products, particularly those that are pre-packaged, pre-made, etc. Sauces, dressings, marinades, BBQ stuff, and other common supermarket and restaurant ingredients don't fly. When I cook at home, I have more options and my own ingredients, but when out I eat quite plain to avoid the issues. If I want a soy type sauce out, I have to bring my Bragg's amino acids with me, but in reality, I prefer the flavor of the aminos over traditional soy sauce any day.

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    1. Usually, for making flour stick, gluten free recipes use lots of eggs, which adds to the calories.