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Gluten-Free Pasta

I love pasta. It is pasta itself that I appreciate the most. The texture has to be right. The feel in my mouth. I prefer pastas that seem to be more substantive. Linguine over capellini. Orecchiette over pastina. The sauces and flavors are secondary.

Since I received my diagnosis three and a half years ago, I have begun to pay more attention to what I eat and how it is affects my gut. What I was told years ago was problematic, I now know that these are symptoms that are associated with a diagnosis of carcinoid cancer.

I have always been open-minded, and that has also meant my trying new foods. It is not uncommon for me to try things, just for the sake of the experience.

It had been suggested to me on one of the carcinoid cancer online support that it might be helpful to eliminate gluten. I figured the easiest elimination of gluten would be for the pasta, as there are so many other varieties available today. I bought two different types of gluten-free pastas.

The first was an organic corn-quinoa blend linguine. It was GREAT! It had a nice flavor and texture and maintained its integrity, holding up rather well to the sauce.

The second was an organic brown rice spaghetti. The flavor was not too bad, but even cooked al dente, it quickly became to gloppy, gooey, sticky mess. The texture gagged me. I could not finish it, after eating about three bites.

After the experience with brown rice pasta, I was hesitant to eat pasta, at all! I regularly now buy the quinoa-corn pasta.

I also eliminated gluten for quite some time after I began the experiment. It did not eliminate the symptoms that I experience, so I do eat some gluten, though I restrict the foods I eat for nutritional value and overall health.

For anyone out there who do live a gluten-free lifestyle, I welcome any suggestions from those who have experience, whether carnivore, vegetarian or vegan. I have no problem with any and eat each regularly.

But I will stick with eating my brown rice as rice, and not rice flour made into pasta!

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Copyright © 2015 - Coral Levang Content many not be used without written permission.
Adapted from original, Gluten-free Pasta , written and published on January 14, 2014 at Bubblews, and removed later by the author.

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MegL wrote on September 20, 2015, 6:04 PM

I know there are people who need to live gluten free but I am lucky not to need that for myself or anyone I cook for, generally. I have seen and tried gluten free pasta when coeliac sufferers visit and it was fine, I didn't notice any difference.

Feisty56 wrote on September 20, 2015, 6:16 PM

Our grocery stores don't provide options for gluten-free pasta of any kind. I'm guessing one would have to go to the markets in one of the cities.

wolfgirl569 wrote on September 20, 2015, 6:35 PM

I have never tried anything gluten free so can not be of any help.

peachpurple wrote on September 20, 2015, 7:02 PM

I love pasta too but not gluten free

DWDavisRSL wrote on September 20, 2015, 8:27 PM

I have not tried, nor has it been recommended to me, to reduce of eliminate gluten. I have a friend who is severely allergic to gluten and shares her gluten free treats with me on occasion. I have not liked the taste and texture of any of them.

markgraham wrote on September 20, 2015, 8:33 PM

I do not need a gluten free diet, but I like the gluten free foods that are out there. They really do not taste any different than regular foods. They are improving since they first came out.

Paulie wrote on September 21, 2015, 3:36 AM

Thankfully I don't have to worry about gluten. My doctor says I should only eat wheat bread.

lexiconlover wrote on September 21, 2015, 6:46 AM

I don't have to be gluten free, but I have eaten several gluten free products. My cousin has to eat all gluten free, and they live in your area. I'll have to ask if they know any good gluten free pastas or other products that you should try. Trader Joes is the best place for all that stuff.

Rufuszen wrote on September 21, 2015, 9:31 AM

I've never tried gluten free, don't think I need to rush on that one!

LoudMan wrote on September 21, 2015, 2:10 PM

I've lowered my wheat intake and I couldn't be happier.

JeanC wrote on September 21, 2015, 2:42 PM

Gluten free is definitely not something to do on a whim, it takes a lot of work. I have found that there is a lot of trial and error when it comes to finding a good pasta substitute. Corn pasta for me doesn't work, flavor is fine, but tends not to hold up well and gets to be hard as a rock the next day if there are leftovers. Brown rice pastas work best for me, but there is a difference between brands. Luckily Winco sells brown rice noodles and shells in bulk that do nicely for me. Would love to thry the quinoa pastas, but they are still a bit too pricey for my budget.

CoralLevang wrote on September 21, 2015, 3:05 PM

I'll have to try another brand sometime, but I didn't find the brown rice spagetti to be very good at all.

The quinoa-corn blend is my favorite. Pricey, a bit, but worth it to me.