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Is gluten bad for you?

Fluffy whole wheat breadLast year, I posted about the most delightful, fluffy, completely whole wheat bread recipe that counts on wheat gluten to increase the fluff factor.  Ever since then, folks have been asking me, "Isn't gluten bad for you?"

Some people are gluten intolerant, which means that their bodies can't break down gluten.  If these folks eat foods containing gluten, they end up with all kinds of health problems.  On the other hand, gluten isn't like trans-fat or any of the other components of food that cause problems in everyone.  If you don't have a gluten sensitivity, you can dive right in with no problems!

Gluten is found naturally in most grains, and is currently added to a long list of other foods (including things like chocolate, soup, and potato chips.)  Basically, if you're not making an effort to be gluten-free, you're almost certainly eating gluten on a regular basis.  As long as you aren't showing any gluten intolerance symptoms, you might as well get in the habit of adding gluten to your whole wheat bread for a tastier texture (and extra protein.)

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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We too are working toward a "homsteading Life" but our plans will drag out a bit. We bought 42 acres NW of Taos, and started with building a small cabin. It is just dried in at this point and we hope to get more finish work completed this year. Our long term plan is to build an Earthship type of home that we can have a large growing bed in..because the High Desert of New Mexico is not prime growing country, and since we have no water on site it will be a challenge. We hope to start our larger project there in about 5 in the small cabin while we build the bigger place. We will be entirely off grid and hope to have some chickens, (also maybe some rabbits...after some stuff I read on your site). I have been reading a lot from the tiny house blog, and from a bunch of other sites. I was wondering, what type of traffic you get to your blog site, and from where you got to mine?...John Wells in texas? I skimmed through some of your blogs...both of you are quite prolific, and I love your Photography,I just stared blogging late last year. And I am finding a nice group of others with similar interests. I'll bookmark your page for quick access.

take care Kevin and Tori

ps...I hold a masters degree in biology with a minor in Botany, I worked in Biotech for a dozen years before becoming self employed in Remodels, Carpentry, and custom furniture...its lean at times but the corporate world sure was a drag. my hat is off to both of you for following yours dreams.

Comment by Moontreeranch Sat Jan 9 14:24:15 2010

Mark reads John Wells' blog every day, and I just happened to wander over there to see what all the excitement was about and saw your comment. That's how I wandered back to your blog --- which I really enjoy!

To answer your question, we average about 400 to 500 visitors per day. It's really nice to see everyone's ideas and to be part of an online community!

I've always been intrigued by earthships and other underground houses, but our water table is so high that we probably couldn't manage that here.

Keep following your heart! Living the life you enjoy is more important than ready cash. :-)

Comment by anna Sat Jan 9 15:32:42 2010

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