Before I started on my journey to cure myself of my digestive issues, I knew that things got worse when I ate brown rice. I went on a gluten-free diet and did not feel better. Somehow I surmised that brown rice was a culprit. This led me to consider fructose malabsorption. Although I have since learned that brown rice is actually low-FODMAP, I think that there are people out there that have issues with brown rice. Whether it is the brown part or the rice part, I don't know. But my point is that I can eat brown rice now! Why? Because I stopped eating the foods that I'm really intolerant to. It turns out that while I'm not intolerant to brown rice, brown rice did make my symptoms worse when I was eating foods that don't agree with me.
Foods that don't agree with me are eggs, dairy, tomatoes, green beans, and xanthan gum. Since I stopped eating those foods, I feel great. I've also found that I'm able to tolerate foods that I couldn't before, such as brown rice and most other non-wheat whole grains like oats and sorghum. I still watch my FODMAPs, but it feels so good to finally figure out precisely what foods I have problems with. Has anyone else notice any interactions with their food intolerance? Just curious.
Since I can eat brown rice, I have been using an updated rice flour blend for my recipes. I try to not use gums anymore, especially xanthan gum. However, I do use chia seeds as an egg replacer. I've found that the chia seeds really help hold the baked good together and I don't even miss using gums. Here is my new rice flour blend recipe. Tomorrow I will share a cookie recipe using this mix!
Rice Flour Blend
Low-FODMAP, Gluten-Free, Gum-Free
1 cup brown rice flour
1 cup white rice flour
2/3 cup potato starch (not flour)
1/3 cup tapioca flour
- Measure each ingredient by lightly spooning flour into the the measuring cup so it is overflowing. Level off the flour with the back of a knife. Use this same method when measuring this blend for recipes.
- Blend ingredients really well and store in an airtight container in the pantry.
- Recipe may be multiplied to make a larger batch.