The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness estimates that nearly 3.2 million Americans suffer from celiac disease. Another 18 million Americans are believed to have non-celiac gluten sensitivities (NCGS). With both conditions, the ingestion of gluten (a protein commonly found in most grains) causes certain antibodies to attack the small intestine. In the beginning, symptoms are often annoying and include diarrhea, stomachaches, and gas. The more time that passes, the more debilitating these symptoms become. The continual assault on the small intestine eventually renders it unable to effectively absorb nutrients, which results in weight loss, anemia, and chronic fatigue.
There is only one effective method of treatment for celiac disease and NCGS: a dedicated, lifelong adherence to the avoidance of gluten.
Following and adhering to a gluten free diet is often frustrating and problematic. There are numerous hidden sources of gluten, and it is not uncommon for naturally gluten free products to be cross-contaminated with gluten. Adopting a gluten free diet is often a matter of trial and error. Common foods that person with celiac disease or NCGS must avoid include:
Many of these ingredients are used to make bread. Bread is a common staple in the diets of many American adults – with the average American adult consuming 80 loaves of bread each year; however, for those who must live with a gluten intolerance, there is some good news. A high-quality bread maker can be used to make delicious and nutritious gluten free breads.
There are dozens, if not hundreds, of different bread maker models on the market today, but only a select few are specifically programmed to offer gluten free programs. Today, we’re going to review the best gluten free bread machines currently available.
The Zojurushi BB-PAC20 was designed specifically for celiac and NCGS sufferers. In addition to loaves of bread, Zojirushi has created an entire course of gluten free recipes that can be made with this appliance, including sourdough starters, jellies and jams, cakes, and dough for pastries and pizzas. A defining feature of this gluten free bread maker is the unique heating element located in the top of the unit, ensuring that each loaf of bread comes out with a browned crust, not just the bottom and sides. Its LCD digital control panel will enable you to set a timer to bake your bread up to 13 hours in advance, and the user menu has won much praise for its user-friendliness. Other high points of the Zojirushi BB-PAC20 bread maker include its whisper quiet operation and two paddle design that kneads dough more efficiently.
The Rosewill RHBM-15001 bread maker is ideal for large families with its ability to make a 2-lb loaf of bread. With a total of 12 different programs to choose from, there is no end to the types of breads the machine can bake. Three settings allow you to choose either a light, medium, or dark crust, and a removable nut and fruit dispenser enables you to experiment with adding different ingredients to your loaf of bread. The kneading blade and bread pan are dishwasher safe, which makes cleanup a breeze. Also included with your purchase of this Rosewill appliance are a recipe booklet, measuring cup, measuring spoon, and a bread hook.
Crafted from premium stainless steel, the T-Fal PF311E Actibread Programmable Bread Machine boasts a professional and streamlined appearance; however, it does much more than merely look attractive. Users can choose from three bread loaf sizes (1-lb, 1.5-lb, and 2-lbs), and there are three different crust options to choose from. This model features 15 different pre-programmed settings, including gluten free, gluten free cake, and gluten free sweet that will enable you to make delicious breads and cake with the simple push of a button. As with other comparable models, it has an automatic keep warm function, a delay start option for up to 15 hours, and a nonstick, coated inner pan.
A relative newcomer to the market, the Panasonic SD-YR2500 Bread Maker is quickly making a name for itself. With eight different preprogrammed bread and dough options, automatic raisin, nut, and yeast dispensers, and light or dark crust settings to choose from, there are few things this bread maker cannot accomplish. The available menu options include settings for gluten free bread, gluten free pizza crust, and gluten free pasta. Its design boasts a keep warm function and an automatic 13-hour timer. A generously sized LCD screen and intuitive touch pad controls make it simple to use this bread machine, and the inner, nonstick pan features a unique “stay cool” carrying handle.
With its stunning silver finish, the Cuisinart CBK-100 2LB Bread Maker is certainly eye-catching, and its sleek, modern design will blend seamlessly with your existing kitchen décor. This appliance can make 1--lb, 1.5-lb, or 2-lb loaves of bread, and it boasts 12 preprogrammed settings, including one for making gluten free bread. There are 3 crust settings to choose from: light, medium, and dark. The delay timer will allow you to delay the baking of your bread for up to 13 hours, and the oversized viewing window allows you to watch your bread through each stage of the baking process. The removable bread pan and single kneading blade are dishwasher safe, which makes clean up a breeze.
When buying a bread machine, it is important to look for a model that is programmed specifically for gluten free options. Gluten free dough requires a tremendous amount of mixing because it is less elastic than dough with gluten in it. Similarly, gluten free dough only requires one rinse cycle, whereas dough with gluten requires two, and gluten free bread requires less time to bake than a traditional loaf of bread.
A bread machine with gluten free options will be:
1) capable of handling the heavy workload
2) programmed to take gluten free breadmaking considerations into account.
Living with celiac disease or NCGS is not easy, but with some ingenuity, and the help of an excellent gluten free bread machine, you can still enjoy your favorite foods.
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