For many, the choice to switch to a gluten free diet is generally made out of necessity — albeit a very serious one. For those who suffer with the debilitating Celiac disease or malaise resulting from gluten sensitivity, the symptoms and discomfort are all too real. If not managed early on, the long term prognosis for sufferers isn’t good — prolonged inflammation has been shown to result in colon cancer. This frightening statistic has required many to significantly change their lifestyle and exclude every food product that contains gluten. This may sound easy to do, but it’s not. Things like breads, cakes, pies, cereals, cookies, crackers and croutons may be the obvious culprits, but how about things like beer, candy, processed lunch meats, salad dressings, sauces/gravies and even oats? Some of these food items are prepared with thickening agents that contain gluten, and others are processed in facilities that manufacture other items that contain gluten. These types of foods can be especially serious because they may not necessarily be something you would ever think of as containing gluten. Even certain medications and vitamins use gluten as a binding agent!
Over the years, those living with the illness slowly began to influence manufacturers by providing statistics and medical information of the growing numbers of those afflicted with the condition, and finally convincing them that this illness was not going away. Gentle nudges turned into a forceful pushes when the demands of the market ballooned to enormous proportions, thus encouraging manufacturers to create a variety of dependable products.
Early on, many manufacturers came to rely heavily on ingredients like rice flour, potato starch and tapioca flour as the base for their products. These ingredients offered little, if any, nutritive value, but did offer textural benefits reminiscent of those we find in conventional baked goods. This was usually the trade off in many of these early gluten free products — and the trade off always seemed to benefit texture at the expense of nutrition.
After attending the Natural Foods Expo last year, I found that many manufacturers are still irresponsibly manufacturing these types of products — why? because we still buy them — but, I’m here to tell you that times are changing.
Some manufacturers are setting themselves apart by leaps and bounds from others in the industry, and insisting on the inclusion of high quality ingredients in their product lines, with great results. When I came across the products from a company called Smart Flour Foods at last year’s Natural Foods Expo, I realized that those suffering with this debilitating illness can now fully enjoy high quality foods under the gluten free label.
I had an opportunity to try their prepared pizzas at the show, and while doing so, I checked their labels. In addition to the usual ingredients of (some) tapioca flour added to give body and that crispy/chewy texture, I was surprised to find something else — the company also adds their own proprietary blend of flours that include amaranth, sorghum and teff. These ancient grains are some heavy hitters — high in antioxidants, protein, vitamins and minerals. Once I tried their pizzas, I was convinced that these guys knew what they were doing because they were some of the best tasting gluten free items I had ever tasted. Others who have discovered their products also agree with me, and express their love of their products on places like YELP. What I like most about this company is that they have thought ahead — not only do they manufacture a high quality gluten free product, but from a marketing perspective, they also chose to offer small, individual sized pizzas along with larger, family sizes.
I decided to ask the company to work with me on a giveaway so that my gluten free readers could try their delicious items. So, here is our first promotion of 2016!
The promotion will include 1 of their NEW Chicken Sausage pizzas and 1 of their Tuscan Two Meat pizzas. You will also receive 5 ($1 OFF) coupons to try other flavors of their prepared pizzas.
Here is what you have to do to qualify for this promotion:
1. Go and visit Smart Flour Foods website at www.smartflourfoods.com
2. Select 2 items that you would like to try from their product listing on their website
3. Go to Smart Flour Foods Facebook page and ‘LIKE’ their page, then list the 2 items you would like to try!
4. Make sure you have ‘LIKED’ our Good Food Gourmet Facebook page, then enter the same comment under our giveaway announcement. This comment will be your entry into the drawing for the giveaway. Only one (1) entry comment per person.
START DATE: Friday January 22nd, 2016
END DATE: Sunday January 31st 2016 at 6pm
Winners will be announced at 8pm on Sunday, January 31st 2016
OFFICIAL RULES: No purchase necessary to enter or win. Sweepstakes is open only to US residents of the continental USA only (excluding Alaska), who are physically located and residing therein, and who are 18 years of age at time of entry. Good Food Gourmet assumes no responsibility for late or misdirected entries due to SPAM, technological, or e-mail filtering issues or for prizes lost in transit. For this giveaway, entrants can enter only once. The winners will be announced here and on our blog page on Sunday January 31st 2016 via a draw of all qualifying participants. Winners will be asked to provide a shipping address (unfortunately no PO or APO boxes) and an email address for communication purposes.
GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE!
CONGRATULATIONS TO JULIANNE GILBERT FOR BEING THE WINNER OF OUR SMART FLOUR FOODS GIVEAWAY!
This promotion is closed