Posted by glutenfr | Posted in New products, News, nutrition | Posted on 11-05-2013
Hot on the heels of the new GoScan app we have another food industry mobile application that lets you scan barcodes for info on the gluten-free status of Australian products.
This one is called GlutenSwitch and it’s actually a new filter for the label scanning app FoodSwitch that was launched last year by Bupa and The George Institute of Global Health.
GlutenSwitch only rolled out a couple of weeks ago. When you use it to scan a product, the app indicates whether the product is gluten-free or contains gluten. If a product is not gluten free, it automatically provides suggestions for similar, but gluten-free options, when they are available.
I haven’t given it a try yet, but I thought I’d put it on the blog and so that you would have the opportunity to do so, so let us know how you go. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by glutenfr | Posted in bread, New products, News | Posted on 24-04-2013
Just when you thought there couldn’t possibly be a wider selection of gluten-free products on our supermarket shelves, along comes a batch of new, improved goods to inject some extra yum-factor into our lives.
While some are improvements to old recipes, brand new products have also popped up out of nowhere with exciting regularity.
Here at Gluten Free Family we are at the coalface of this evolutionary process, and every few weeks or so, a delicious new gluten-free food parcel arrives on our doorstep, ready to be put through its paces by our grouchy panel of fussy eaters. So here’s our pick of the best. Read the rest of this entry »
Gluten-free shoppers finally have access to an iPhone app that let you scan a product barcode in the supermarket to find out if contains gluten.
The free app, dubbed GS1 GoScan, was launched a couple of week ago and is available for download from the iTunes store. The Coeliac Society was involved in the development along with a handful of other health organisations.
Once you download the GoScan app – plus a barcode reading app – you just scan the barcode with your phone during shopping. Alternatively, you can manually type in the bar code number, or do a text search based on a product description or brand – but that sounds like a lot more trouble. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by glutenfr | Posted in Lifestyle, News | Posted on 25-03-2013
OMG – Easter is back again and a big dilemma looms. Where are all the gluten free hot cross buns hanging out?
Have you spotted any around?
Last year Simply Wize sold some delicious little boxes of them from Coles’ Frozen Gluten Free section – but this year we haven’t heard a peep from them. Of course city folk can just head off to their closest GF bakery – but now I am living in regional Australia (aka the sticks) we are totally reliant on mainstream retailers. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by glutenfr | Posted in New products, News | Posted on 13-03-2013
Some of last year’s gluten-free products.
The discount supermarket Aldi is at it again, and in the next week or so you should start seeing its gluten free range back on the shelves. (For those unfamiliar with the range, Aldi annually releases a range of gluten, wheat and dairy free products under the ‘Has No’ brand, until they sell out.)
This has become a big moment on the annual gluten-free calendar because their products are not only well priced, but according to a huge portion of our readers, they are really fabulous quality too.
Last year we got our first chance to sample some of their range, and will be trying more things this year too – but as always – we’d love it if our readers could weigh in with their favourites (the sticky toffee pudding received quite a few special mentions last year – so fingers crossed it shows up again this year). Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by glutenfr | Posted in Events, New products, News | Posted on 25-02-2013
It’s become an annual Gluten Free Family tradition to create a list of all the upcoming gluten free show dates around Australia.
As tasks go it sounds simple enough, but each year has brought its share of shocking revelations and exciting developments as we watched organisers come and go – and then come back again. These market ructions have in turn provided a fascinating insight into the continually evolving gluten free industry.
For instance, in 2010 there were shows and expos aplenty with many capital cities getting two each. Then in 2011 we had an expo shakeout after the Irresistible Show folk decided the market was not strong enough to sustain two GF events in each state.
In 2012, however, the Irresistible shows reappeared but in a new form: they were merged with the Good Food and Wine Show. Meanwhile most capital cities continued to host one standalone event run by the Coeliac Societies in each state. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by glutenfr | Posted in bread, kids, nutrition | Posted on 13-02-2013
It seems the biggest problem with the gluten free diet has finally been solved.
Delicious wheat free loaves are now found on every supermarket shelf in the country – which means our work here on Gluten Free Family is done, and we can finally return to the more pressing business of posting pictures of Fluffy up on catbook.
Or can we?
It depends on what you think about the ingredients lurking in your daily bread – because while consumer lobbying has all but wiped preservatives out of mainstream wheat brands, they are enjoying a massive revival in the most recent gluten free loaves to hit the shelves.
For me this is a worry, because the reason we started a gluten free diet in the first place was because my son was so sensitive to particular elements in his diet. How can I now turn around and feed him bread that contains substances that are being universally shunned elsewhere? Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by glutenfr | Posted in kids, lunches | Posted on 24-01-2013
Here we go again. The school year is about to get started and my first thoughts are: “Someone please save me from the daily lunchbox grind”. Rich, I know, given I created a downloadable e-book last year specifically to help stave off the gluten-free lunchbox blues.
But it is not a lack of lunchbox ideas that is my problem (though once upon a time it was a big issue for me). No, what terrifies me most about gluten free lunchboxes is what I call the “boomerang” syndrome. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by glutenfr | Posted in Lifestyle, News, nutrition, Science | Posted on 03-01-2013
I’ve been tucking into gluten for a few weeks now. As discussed in a previous post, I’ve decided to get tested for coeliac disease (in line with the current medical advice) and to document the experience here.
So what have I found so far? I felt pretty bad at first (I’ll spare you the details) but interestingly, most symptoms have settled with time and no itchy skin to speak of yet. What hasn’t settled, though, is the place where the needle points when I jump on the scales. This is heading northwards with no sign of stopping.
Okay so all those extra mince pies and Christmas croissants may have something to do with it. But the speed at which I’ve piled on the pounds is alarming.
Until now I’ve scoffed at the recent gluten-free weight-loss craze. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by glutenfr | Posted in New products, Product reviews | Posted on 14-12-2012
Soft bread that folds instead of breaking. Surely that ranks up there with puff pastry as one of the most-missed items among the gluten free? Now I have two gluten free loaves in my fridge that do just that.
Their maker is a company called Purebred – and I reviewed their rolls in my most recent product roundup – but at the time could not afford to stretch the budget to their loaves as well.
Well the company has sent me a few to try out and I am happy to report that the bread is everything you’d want in terms of texture and taste. Read the rest of this entry »