Mmmmm: Gluten-Free Crackers Made Of Hemp And Green Tea
    By News Staff | March 14th 2014 03:07 PM | 3 comments | Print | E-mail | Track Comments

    Gluten-free foods are all the rage.

    What was once the plight of celiac patients has become the latest health fad and a $5 billion annual industry. Companies like General Mills and others have taken advantage of the 200 percent higher prices people are willing to pay for the illusion of health and have released lots of new products.

    It was only a matter of time before gluten-free functional foods rode that wave. The food processing industry has lots of left-over garbage and those antioxidants, phenols, fibers and proteins are all functional ingredients, which means they can be sold for profit and even claim it helps with global sustainability.

    And you have a certain political and cultural sensitivity that embraces hemp, gluten-free food is about to get its Perfect Storm; food scientists from University of Novi Sad in Serbia and Guelph Food Research Centre in Canada have found that hemp flour, a by-product of cold-pressed hemp oil, in combination with decaffeinated green tea leaves could be used to develop a gluten-free snack cracker with functional properties.  

    Organic crackers? That's so 2011. If you want to capture market share in Portland in 2014, you need to be gluten-free and made from hemp and decaffainted green tea leaves. Credit and link:

    Hemp flour, as a by-product of cold-pressing oil process, is rich in proteins, fibers, phytochemicals, minerals, omega-6 and omega-3 essential fatty acids, and therefore a very valuable ingredient to use for food production. In terms of amino acid composition, hempseed proteins are comparable to the egg white and soy protein. Green tea leaves contain compounds that have been shown to have health benefits including cancer prevention of many types as well as decreasing LDL cholesterol levels.

    The findings of this study, where hemp flour and decaffeinated green tea leaves were incorporated into crackers, suggest that consumers may benefit from consuming these gluten-free crackers with superior nutritional qualities in terms of high protein, crude fibers, minerals and essential fatty acids content and antioxidant properties.

     Citation: Olga Radočaj, Etelka Dimić and Rong Tsao. 'Effects of Hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) Seed Oil Press-Cake and Decaffeinated Green Tea Leaves (Camellia sinensis) on Functional Characteristics of Gluten-Free Crackers', Journal of Food Science Volume 79, Issue 3, pages C318–C325, March 2014 DOI: 10.1111/1750-3841.12370


    Dear News Staff and their ringing bell,

    While it most certainly is pleasant to read about what cakes not to buy trying not to ingest wheat that makes us sick, it's is absurd the way you do it always, considering we people are an idiot bunch of puppets buying everything we are advertised to.

    One for all, what is a gluten free diet? It's not about buying this extra process bad tasting food, but about cooking meals without wheat or product that content wheat. It's not hard at all, it requires you to cook yourself all your dishes, for instance various vegetables cuts, large pieces of raw meat, salt and pepper, olive oil, water, baked slowly for 1 hour and a half. With that, 20 minutes before serving, rince abundantly 2 measures of basmati rice, then cook it in exactly 5 measures of water into a covered pan at level 2-4. Serve this delicious meal with a glass of red wine from wherever you please.

    This is the everyday recipe for a gluten free diet, vary the vegetables, vary the rice, vary the meat (or fish and seafood), vary the baking, vary the wine, change any of that, but all without using wheat or ingredients that content wheat.

    In what does this diet could ever be unhealthy, or engage unreasonable expanses?

    News Staff and its hollow ringing bell, you're just a retarded rant running over and over again the same insane joke, pretending to see reality where only junk food is what it always has been : junk food.

    Have a nice junk press weekend!

    you're just a retarded rant running over and over again the same insane joke, pretending to see reality where only junk food is
    That's an awesome comment. But this is a science site. If you want a site that promotes Scare Journalism and Miracle Vegetable of the Week claims, read the New York Times.

    If you want to have fact and fiction separated, and not be exploited by marketing which has educated you in order to keep you buying the latest thing, read Science 2.0
    My diet tends to be somewhat high-gluten, since the non-glutinous starches such as potatoes and rice can give me too much of a glycaemic load.

    One trick I learned from the Hairy Bikers.  For cooking on a budget, they replaced the rice in Paella with pearl barley.  It works with some curries too, though it is not so tasty.

    So for me, out with the Palaeo diet and in with the Neo, all those grains and legumes that the Palaeologi (I take the name from the Byzantine dynasty) tell us that we should not eat.

    Not that I would be averse to making use of hemp flour, with all those good things in it.  But it seems to come in at getting on for ten times the price of your standard wheat flours.

    A note on Barley:

    Barley, along with beans, potatoes and brisket, is one of the ingredients of the Jewish Sabbath dish Cholent (Schalet) — something else that I got from the Hairy Bikers.  Here is what looks like a send-up of the “Ode to Joy” (now a sort of unofficial European anthem) by the German poet Heinrich Heine (pub. 1851):

            Schalet, schöner Götterfunken,

            Tochter aus Elysium!

            Also klänge Schillers Hochlied,

            Hätt er Schalet je gekostet.


            Schalet ist die Himmelspeise,

            Die der liebe Herrgott selber

            Einst den Moses kochen lehrte

            Auf dem Berge Sinai,

            Cholent, beautiful radiance of the gods,

            Daughter of Elysium!

            So would Schiller's high song have sounded

            Had he ever tasted Cholent.


            Cholent is the heavenly food,

            That the good Lord himself

            Once taught Moses to cook

            On Mount Sinai,

    I prefer it to the somewhat pompous words of Schiller as set by Beethoven.
    Robert H. Olley / Quondam Physics Department / University of Reading / England