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Going Egg Free as well as Gluten and Wheat Free?

Gluten & Egg Free Chocolate Cake
Gluten & Egg Free Chocolate Cake Recipe

When Glebe Farm does the London, Liverpool and Glasgow Allergy and Free From shows we meet a number of people with multiple allergies in their diet, including egg free as well as wheat and gluten free. We would usually make a special cake with the Glebe Farm Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Mix and add Vitalite margarine and 2 bananas.

Customers are delighted that they have something to eat as often manufacturers do not consider excluding eggs in their recipes.

It is estimated that around 2% of children are allergic to eggs. Fortunately, studies show that about 70 percent of children with an egg allergy will outgrow the condition by 16 years old.­­­­­­­­­­­­

Eggs are one of the most common food allergens. Sometimes it is a reaction to the proteins in egg whites or and sometimes it is the yolks. People with an allergy to chicken eggs may also be allergic to other types of eggs, such as goose, duck, turkey or quail.

For people with a mild allergic reactions to eggs, symptoms can be skin rashes, wheezing or difficulties in breathing, runny nose, sneezing, red or watery eyes, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and or inflammation. More serious allergic reaction are anaphylaxis, a life-threatening condition that impairs breathing and can send the body into shock.

Eggs are used a lot in gluten free cookery as eggs lighten cakes, colour pastries, and add protein to bread. At first glance, it may look to be a challenge to cook gluten and egg free. However there are plenty of ways to replace eggs when you are baking. Check out the Glebe Farm Recipe Section for Egg Free recipes.

Other suggestions are:

  • Gluten & Egg Free Muffins
    Gluten & Egg Free Muffins Recipe

    Gluten & Egg Free Muffins RecipeCertain food manufacturers produce egg substitutes powdered mixes, which when added to liquid, try and replicate the same cooking properties as egg. Organ No Egg is recommended and a good second best is Allergycare Whole Egg Replacer. The disadvantage is that they can leave the food dry particularly when it is gluten and wheat free too.

  • Natural alternatives are replacing egg with mashed ripe banana (one banana replaces one egg) or apple sauce (as in pork and apple sauce) found in jars in supermarkets.
  • One can use chia seeds; add one tablespoon of chia seeds into 3 tablespoons of water, then soak and leave to create a gooey gel.
  • Alternatively use one tablespoon of ground flax seed (linseed) to 3 tablespoons of water.

Another tried and tested idea vegans use is to use one teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda to one tablespoon of vinegar to re-create and beaten egg look.

The newest breakthrough is to obtain egg free egg whites for meringues and macaroons is to drain the juice of a tin of chickpeas and whisk to resemble peaky egg white. Use 3 tablespoons of chickpea juice to substitute one egg white.

So there are lots of ways to replace eggs when you are baking. So don’t just say ‘I can’t’… go on and try one of the above alternatives!

~ Rebecca Rayner

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Observations from a Dutch Allergy Show

AllergieBeursObservations from a Dutch Allergy show, AllergieBeurs, at the Houten Expo, Utretcht, The Netherlands 29-30 May 2015.

I first met Marloes Collins, at the Brussels Free Food Expo in June 2014. Marloes is a Dutch author writing a book for dieticians to advise clients with wheat, gluten and lactose intolerances. At Brussels, Marloes was with her colleague Remko, owner of Disolut who has developed a pill that can be swallowed.

 

DisolactMinutes before eating an ice cream or any other food containing dairy. The pill avoids the absorption of lactose into the body and prevents the side effects suffered by a lactose intolerance person.  Sadly coeliac disease is more complicated and can not be remedied by a simple pill.

At the show I discovered that lactose intolerance is HUGE! in the Netherlands. 70% of Dutch coeliacs have a dairy intolerance. In the UK it is nearer 50%.  Why is this? The Dutch children still enjoy free milk at school and enjoy their Dutch cheeses. But there is more to it than this.

The Dutch market for gluten free food offered in supermarkets is still a few years behind the UK. On several occasions customers came to me explaining their trips to London as a gluten free treat, and to stock up and take home as many goodies as they could.

As we are aware, diagnosed Brits can purchase gluten free food through the NHS. As an alternative the diagnosed Dutch receive an annual payment of 1200 euros from the government to help pay towards the more expensive gluten free food. In France barcodes from gluten free products are cut out and sent to a government department for reimbursement. Which system do you think is the best system? By the way if you live in Ireland there is no help!

The Suatty PottyAt the show, I met many stands including a Dutch allergy web shop and our neighbours selling sugar free foods and natural sweets. There was a very amusing Squatty Potty who demonstrated the perfect toilet position by selling a foot stall to get a more Asian squat position

So there were lots of toilet jokes after that!

All in all it was a good show with some good leads to follow up. Well done to Marloes, Caroline and the team.

But the trip wasn’t all work and no play! Mum and I and the camper-van saw Rotterdam, Delft, Utrecht and Den Haag then made our way. Then it’s a day in the office and off to the Free From Food Expo at Barcelona show!

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Allergy Free From show at Olympia

It was great to see everyone at the Allergy, Free From show at Olympia who came to our stand to sample our gluten free Pathfinder beer, gluten free chocolate, ginger and carrot cake mixes. The strawberry and maple pecan granola went down very well. Rebecca is quite tired after the 3 days and slightly hoarse!

~Rebecca Rayner