I am so glad I have learned to laugh at myself as I put a 180 on the tapioca loaf opinion.
I was a Weight Watcher but... I have food allergies and food intolerances are issues in the forms of gluten intolerances, sulfite dangerous issues and must avoid everything stating or hiding chemicals soy or corn derived in it, and anything artificial. My insulin resistance is a pre diabetes condition threat that demands that I avoid the 'things which tease' digestion. All of these complications are not factored into the spark program. I am still finding the reasons why I must avoid them. New facts about myself and food conflict arise and are issues that make me design my own program.
For example, this wonderful Gluten-Free Team here is discussing the good g-f breads on the market and many liked the Tapioca bread put out by Ener-G Foods. I researched after eating a loaf (in two wks time, or course, this month June 2010) to discover part of my current insomnia is due to chemicals in the bread formula that hurt me. I follow strict patterns to listen to my body to learn better how to choose my food. When I switched back to my favorite Food for Life, Brown Rice g-f bread; my better sleep pattern returned. I am so like 'the princess and the pea'; I can feel, react, and describe things a 'normal' could not detect.
Glucono delta-lactone (GDL) E575 is a naturally-occurring food additive used as a sequestrant, an acidifier, or a curing, pickling, or leavening agent. It is a lactone (cyclic ester) of D-gluconic acid . Pure GDL is a white odorless crystalline powder.
GDL is commonly found in honey, fruit juices, and wine GDL is neutral, but hydrolyses in water to gluconic acid which is acidic, adding a tangy taste to foods, though it has roughly a third of the sourness of citric acid. It is metabolized to glucose; one gram of GDL yields roughly the same amount of metabolic energy as one gram of sugar. (This doe not metabolize well in me.)
The Glucono Delta Lactone (in the baking powder of the 14th ingredient, as a fuel to promote leavening action) of the Ener-G Foods Tapioca Bread, is claiming to be lactose-free and this is good for lactose intolerant people. I am not. The ingredient is related to other Glucono chemicals listed in the federal classification registry. It is a Dow chemical hybrid and is NOT LISTED in the national registry. It sits as E575 (with an extra checkmark beside the official number.); the 'Delta' is not noted on the registry web site page I read. What does the check mark represent? I followed another lead by a professional chef's blog, where he claims to have Dow's contract to cook and create recipes using this ingredient. The web site holding all of the August 2008 blogs is missing this entry. Dow may have removed it to protect trade secrets!? If a pro cannot keep the recipes containing this ingredient open to the public then I choose to avoid it. The other entry I saw regarding this ingredient was a about termites and microbial polysaccharides. I am not a termite.
The other ingredient that did not sit well with me was a fiber source; methylcellulose. Methylcellulose is often added to hair shampoos, toothpastes and liquid soaps, to generate their characteristic thick consistency. This is also done for foods, for example ice cream or croquette. Methylcellulose is also an important emulsifier, preventing the separation of two mixed liquids. The E number of methylcellulose as food additive is E461. Many multi purpose methylcellulose are not 'food grade', like Ghost Buster's movie slime. I do not wish to be slimed!
It researched as a Helsinki obesity clinic food fiber to curb appetite. Maybe Dow Chemicals could not find a clinic in America to honor the study. The conclusion charts shared the result of serum insulin from placebo then from food with methylcellulose added; the added chart showed the insulin wondering in erratic unhealthy behavior. This erratic behavior is part of why I must avoid artificial ingredients, due to insulin resistance that may lead to diabetes. My body has only so much room for digestive chaos, this one will not be invited again. A well-known trade name of methylcellulose when used as a drug is Citrucel by GlaxoSmithKline, but generic versions are also widely available. Methylcellulose is in Citrucel, other bulk laxatives, and gum base for foods. I looked deeper to find the most common sources for this 'ester cellulose' is cotton plant and wood pulp (type of species of wood not mentioned).
In closing, I will choose not to consume glucono(s) or methylcellulose listed as ingredients in my food. I will not purchase Ener-G Foods Tapioca Bread for myself.
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If you miss out of life to the fullest; they win.
You are the happiness master of your own mind.
Thought is an active dynamic energy to harmonize and corrolate good.
Clear all paths to love thru forgiveness.
I may not recognize the significance until some time later.
Is my resistance to change really that strong?
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