If you’ve never stepped foot inside a health food store before, you may find the array of products, labels and promises daunting. As with most things, some research first may help ease the confusion.
1. Don’t be afraid to ask for help and advice from the people working in the store. If you know
exactly what you won’t they will point you in the right direction. If you’re not sure they will usually give you advice on one or two products. Remember though that they are there to sell products so if you’re not sure about making a purchase, don’t do it. It is better to visit a few different stores and get more than one lot of advice than making a mistake with your wallet and products.
2. Always read the labels. russian grocery Most products will tell you exactly what they’re used for, but be conscious of what you want them for. If you have allergies or sensitivities, it is always wise to make sure the ingredients list is safe, and if you’re not sure, ask the storepeople.
3. Wheat and dairy free alternatives can usually be found in the health food store. You will be surprised by the variety available. Know what you want before you go in as some items are better for different uses and flavour varies greatly. For instance, rice milk, soya milk, oat milk and almond milk are all dairy alternatives, but they don’t all taste the same. Rice milk tends to be sweet and watery, while soya milk is creamier and easier to drink straight. I use rice milk in porridge and find that has enough flavour that I don’t need to add any sweetener. However, I wouldn’t drink it otherwise. Of course, every person’s preferences are different. If you are switching from dairy to any of the alternatives you will need time to get used to the tastes.
With the flour products, no one type is a straight switch for wheat flour. Potato, rice and buckwheat come close, but some experimenting with measurements and other ingredients will be necessary before you can bake the perfect cake or loaf of bread.
There are now plenty of wheat free breads available. To start with, try those loaves that feel and look most like ordinary bread. You won’t find any “white” bread, but the multigrain versions are quite light.