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Spotlight Foods

This section is designed to provide information on ingredients I have included in the recipes.  These ingredients are in the recipes for a reason, whether for their nutritional benefits or to help make a recipe function better to enjoy the healthier ingredients. 

Xanthan Gum

 

- considered a safe ingredient

- is a carbohydrate that has been cultured with Xanthomonas campestris bacteria

- is gluten free

- used as a binder and emulsifier (think keeping oil and vinegar mixed)

- often used in gluten free poducts to bind ingredients because these products do not have gluten (the "glue") that keeps the ingredients together

 

References:

 

Haas, Elson M., Staying Healthy with Nutrition. Berkeley, CA: Celestial Arts, 1992.

 

 

Gelatin

 

 - Acts as a digestive aid, attracting digestive enzymes to break down cooked food

 - Although not a complete protein, gelatin contains particular amino acids that help the body utilize more efficiently the complete proteins that are consumed

 - Thought to help bone and joint health

 - Assists in maintaining skin elasticity due to collagen in gelatin (who needs expensive eye cream?!)

 - Used as a source of nourishment for individuals with a weakened system

 - A great natural source is preparing bone broth (cooking remaining bones from a chicken, etc.) in some water, vegetables and herbs.

 

 

References:

 

Fallon, Sally and Mary Enig.  Nourishing Traditions.  Washington, DC:  New Trends Publishing, Inc., 2001.

 

Haas, Elson M., Staying Healthy with Nutrition. Berkeley, CA: Celestial Arts, 1992.