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List of wheat, dairy, yeast and sugar free foods

Thursday, 5 November 2015  |  Editor

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List of wheat, dairy, yeast and sugar free foods

 Wheat contains gluten which, when wet, is a sticky glue-like substance, which often plays havoc with the digestion and absorption of nutrients. It encourages the growth of unfriendly bacteria which are responsible for producing toxic substances and gas. Constipation,diarrhoea, bloatedness, indigestion, flatulence and wind are all problems that benefit from the removal of wheat from the diet. 

Wheat is one of the most common foods to which people become 'allergic'. It can make an individual feel tired, irritable and depressed, as well as aggravating other diseases, like arthritis, psoriasis and eczema. Because most people eat wheat so often, the body adapts and copes, and they are unaware that it does not agree with them. Once removed from the diet, however, many individuals notice great improvements in their health and well-being. Information adapted from 'Cooking Without' by Barbara Cousins.
 
Dairy milk has an image of being the perfect food but it is perfect only when fed from the mother to her infant. A young child eventually loses the enzyme necessary to digest milk, and after this stage, milk becomes acid and mucous-forming, capable of upsetting normal bowel flora and preventing the absorption of vitamins and minerals. Many individuals develop allergies to milk and its products, and they are often unaware of this until milk is removed from the diet. 

If our diet and absorption are improved we can often live more healthily without milk. This can be seen in many tribal communities where milk and milk products are not consumed yet children grow well, producing good bones and teeth, and diseases such as arthritis and osteoporosis are unknown. Green leafy vegetables, nuts and seeds contain both calcium and magnesium.

Yeast and fermented products. 


Because yeast-related products can aggravate Candida symptoms and upset the digestive tract, it is best to avoid these products on a temporary basis and then watch how your body reacts as you reintroduce them at a later date. The worst of them include yeast, yeast extract, vinegar, citric acid, monosodium glutamate, stock cubes, alcohol and cheese.

Sugar. If we ate sugar in its natural form of fruit or sugar cane, there would be a limit to how much sugar we could consume. If, however, we eat manufactured sugar or products made from this (such as biscuits, cakes and sweets), we encourage low blood sugar or hypoglycaemia. The sudden surge of sugar into the bloodstream and its removal by the pancreas results in the roller coaster effects of cravings, highs and then lows which leave us feeling physically, mentally and emotionally below par. Sugar encourages the overgrowth of bad intestinal flora and should be avoided in all its forms.   
 

Shopping List:  

TIP: Good Food Goes Off. The trick is to eat it before it does.
Another TIP: If food has a long shelf life, either it's full of preservatives or it contains too few nutrients for other lifeforms to bother with.

 
  • Plentiful vegetables (include all colours, e.g. avocado, bean sprouts, beet greens, beetroot, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celeriac, celery, chickpea sprouts, collards, courgette (zuchini), cucumber, endive, escarole and other dark green lettuces, fennel, garlic, herbs, kale, lettuce, mushrooms, mustard greens, onions, radishes, red/green/yellow/orange peppers, rocket, romaine lettuce, spinach, spring onions, swiss chard, tomatoes, watercress) 5-8 portions a day.
  • Frozen berries (e.g. Black Forest dark red, blue and black), fresh apricots, grapefruit, kiwifruit, peaches, pears, black plums. 1-2 portions a day.
  • Fish, plain, unbattered, fresh or frozen:  especially oily and cold-water, e.g. wild salmon, cod, sardines, herrings, tuna etc. 
  • Organic free-range chicken, turkey, lean lamb, lean beef, venison (Avoid pork)
  • Omega-3 eggs (Columbus)
  • Nuts and seeds: e.g. almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, linseeds (Linuset Gold)
  • Microfiltered whey protein (best protein powder for protein drinks and suitable for vegetarians)
  • Grains: Brown rice, quinoa, whole oat flakes, millet flakes and pearls, amaranth, etc. Small portions.
 
Store cupboard: 

 
  • Tinned tomatoes, tomato puree (paste), tamari sauce, Herbamare salt, herbs and spices, garlic, miso soup.  Manuka honey if sweetener is desired.
  • Oils and dressings: Extra-virgin olive oil,cold pressed flaxseed oil,coconut oil, unrefined walnut oil. Use olive and coconut oils for dressings or cooking, and others for cold use only, e.g. salad dressings.  Lemons and lime fruits for dressings and fish.
  • Water filter (including Brita jug), green tea.

Alternatives

This list is for general guidance only. Product ingredients change and people who are very sensitive to particular foods should read labels carefully.
 
SUGAR 

Sucrose, glucose, lactose (milk sugar), maltose, dextrose, raw cane, brown, molasses, castor, granulated, icing, demarara, syrups of all kinds, most honeys except Manuka, artificial sweeteners.
 
SUGAR ALTERNATIVES 

No alternatives, except BioCare F.O.S.

GLUTEN GRAINS 

Wheat, Oats, Rye and Barley.
The alternatives shown on this page do  include gluten grains other than wheat. 
 
NON-GLUTEN GRAINS 
Buckwheat, corn, rice, millet, quinoa, amaranth, soya, sago, tapioca, beans, lentils, gram, polenta. 
 
BAKERY PRODUCTS
Cakes, scones and pastries. Most breads and biscuits. Croissants. Pitta bread.
Many Rye breads contain wheat. 
 
ALTERNATIVE BAKERY PRODUCTS
Spelt soda bread (contains yeast),'Sun Foods' rye bread, Sunnyvale Rye and Onion Bread, Sunnyvale Sourdough Rye bread, check out other Sunnyvale breads, Manna bread (contains sprouted wheat - OK for some), Rice cakes, Pumpernickel (check label), Oat cakes. 
Borodynski Rye Bread (contains yeast)
 
CEREALS
Most packaged cereals contain wheat and/or sugar 
 
ALTERNATIVE CEREALS
Ready-made 'gluten free' muesli - add extra nuts and seeds if desired, and organic linseeds (Linuset Gold). 
Tesco Eat Natural Breakfast - does contain honey. Add more seeds and Linseeds (Linuset Gold).
Millet, oat or rice flakes made into porridge or home-made muesli, with added nuts and seeds. 
 
FOODS CONTAINING BREADCRUMBS
Breaded chicken, fish, turkey. Burgers - meat and vegetarian sausages. Nut loaves (check label). Taramasalata.
 
ALTERNATIVE
Plain chicken, fish, turkey. 
Home made burgers.
 
GRAINS AND FLOUR
Bulgar wheat, tabboulah, wheat bran, wheatgerm, couscous, semolina, rusk, starch, wheatflour - white and brown. Thickeners used in gravies, soups, sauces, baked beans and ready made foods.
 
NON-WHEAT GRAINS AND FLOUR
Brown rice, wild rice, millet, amaranth, quinoa, buckwheat, soya, potato, chestnut, polenta, gram, maizemeal, spelt.
 
PRODUCTS MADE WITH WHEAT
Pastry, pizzas, pancakes, Yorkshire puddings, waffles, batter.
Chocolate bars, biscuits, cakes.
Hydrolised vegetable protein.
 
ALTERNATIVES
Use alternative flours.
Pure potato waffles (from real potato)
Oat biscuits, carob bars.
 
PASTA
Pasta in restaurants will almost certainly be wheat. Many supermarkets and health food stores now sell wheat-free pasta.
 
ALTERNATIVE PASTA
Orgran Stoneground Garlic and Parsley Rice Pasta
Orgran Buckwheat pasta
Orgran vegetable rice pasta
Orgran rice and millet pasta
Orgran corn parsley spaghetti
Orgran rye pasta
Clearspring 100% soya noodles
Spelt pasta
Kamut pasta 
 
PASTA SAUCES
Check labels 
 
ALTERNATIVE PASTA SAUCES
Most supermarkets now stock a 'free from' range of fresh pasta sauces. 
 
SAUCES AND FLAVOURINGS 
HP or Brown sauce,Sweet and sour, Chinese sauces, soya sauce made with wheat, excess pickles, most gravy mixes and stock cubes, monosodium glutamate 'flavour enhancer', excess salt. 
 
ALTERNATIVE SAUCES AND FLAVOURINGS 
Clearspring organic Japanese Tamari (soya) (purple label); Tamari soya sauce, soya stock cubes, Marigold Vegetable Bouillon, olive oil, lemon juice, fresh herbs, ginger, Lima Bio-Gomasio condiment (sesame seed and salt), Herbamore 'salt' 
 
DAIRY
Cows milk, cream, butter, casein, whey.
Most cheeses: hard, soft, cream, brie, cottage, blue cheeses 
Some people with milk intolerance can tolerate yoghurt.
 
ALTERNATIVES TO COW's DAIRY
Occasionally Goat's, Sheep's or Soya. Make cottage cheese by boiling 1 pint sheep milk and add juice of 1/2 lemon to curdle. Strain off the whey. Coat curd with yoghurt. 
 
HIGH MOULD CONTENT FOOD 

Peanuts, peanut butter, pistachio nuts, mushrooms, quorn, oranges, orange juice and squash, marmalade, grapefruit, grapefruit juice, grapes, dried fruit. Cheeses, esp. blue and brie. 
 
ALTERNATIVES
Nut butters (cashew, almong, hazelnut, Tahini, sunflower). 
Tofu
Occasionlly Goat's, Sheep's or tofu cheeses
 
READY PREPARED FOODS
Many ready made meals - check labels
Most tinned vegetables, tinned soups.
 
ALTERNATIVES 
Contents of ready-prepared foods are constantly changing, so if you need to avoid wheat, dairy or any other common allergens, always carefully check labels.
Various fresh soups, e.g. Tesco Finest Range Tomato and Basil. Read labels; they vary widely in how natural and 'free from wheat/dairy' they are.
Sanchi Instant Miso Soup
 
PUDDINGS/DESSERTS 
Ice Cream, Fromage Frais. Many shop bought puddings. Cheesecakes, mousses, jellies, sorbets, pies, custard, cream, quark. Tinned fruit. Fruit yoghurt. 
 
ALTERNATIVES
Live natural yoghurt, preferably Sheep or Goat (the bacteria in yoghurt pre-digest so that some people with mild lactose intolerance can eat yoghurt)
Fresh fruit
Soya yoghurt 
 
PRESERVES 
Jams, marmalades, lemon curd, honey, treacle, golden syrup, peanut butter, chocolate spread, sandwich spread, apple and pear spread, etc. 
 
ALTERNATIVES
Nut butters (almond, cashew, hazelnut), sunflower spread, organic tahini (sesame seeds)
 
CONFECTIONARY AND SNACKS
Sweets, most 'health' bars, yoghurt or chocolate/carob-coated nuts and raisins, banana chips and most tropical mixes
 
ALTERNATIVES
Home made plain pop corn, occasional corn chips, various rice crackers (read labels), Julian Graves Island Mix snack pack (does contain some sugar). If you eat chocolate, make it dark chocolate, e.g. 70% cocoa.
 
ANTIBIOTIC CONTAINING FOODS
Meats and Dairy. Animals farmed in the UK are no longer given antibiotics unless they are ill, and they are not allowed into the 'food chain' until 14 days after the end of the course of antibiotics.
This does not apply to all countries
 
ALTERNATIVE MEATS/FISH 
Organic meat
Cold water fish, e.g. cod
Wild Salmon