Choosing to eat healthy can be frustratingly confusing these days, between all the jargon and multitude of alternatives available.
Ever wondered what gluten-free foods are and where to get it in Singapore? Cheer up, buttercups! Home-grown brand The Whole Kitchen makes it easy to enjoy delicious, wholesome foods, no matter your preferred diet or food allergies.
This 100-percent gluten-free, low-sugar bakery has been serving up freshly made, all-natural foods around the island since 2015. Up till December 2020, you could only buy its products – including Bakery, Pantry and Snacks – on its website and via other stockists. Now, The Whole Kitchen boasts a charming bakery cafe in Katong, where you can relax over a nutritious meal or cuppa (read about why they won runner-up for the best food allergy cafe in Singapore here!).
Curated by talented culinary director Susan Soulard along with resident health coach Anne Swain (shown above), the entire cafe menu and product range are free of gluten and refined sugars. In addition, The Whole Kitchen provides vegan, dairy-free, paleo, keto and low-carb options. But, before you get all confused again, Anne and Susan break down what this really means!
What is Gluten-Free?
Gluten is a protein found in grains such as wheat, rye, spelt and barley. Even if you do not have coeliac disease or haven’t been diagnosed with gluten intolerance, gluten can still cause an adverse reaction for many. Meaning? Among other things, it can irritate and cause damage to the gut lining (such as inflammation), while also reducing the gut’s ability to absorb nutrients.
But many of the foods you consume – from breads to breakfast cereals – do not actually need to contain gluten to taste amazing. “At The Whole Kitchen, we always focus on using natural, raw and fresh whole foods as much as possible,” shares Anne and Susan. Specifically, the brand uses gluten-free brown rice and buckwheat flour in its breads, and low-carbohydrate, nutrient-dense flour substitutes such as almond flour and cashew meal in its pastries. So, when you dig into its famous Mumbai Sandwich – a complex and rich-in-spice dish – or exceptionally moist Banana, Chocolate and Orange Chia muffins, you won’t miss the gluten at all!
Why Choose Less Sugar?
Research has shown that consuming refined sugars can lead to a rise in blood sugar levels and promote the overproduction of insulin, which – if done regularly over time – can lead to a variety of ailments from obesity and diabetes to accelerating the signs of ageing on the skin.
Health benefits are the primary reason The Whole Kitchen doesn’t use any refined sugars or sweeteners in its foods. But its founders also believe the fresh ingredients should speak for themselves.
Is All-Natural Better?
Another foundation of The Whole Kitchen’s crave-worthy creations? Using no artificial preservatives or additives. “We prefer for our products to have a shorter shelf life and be baked fresh daily,” says the founders, who note that they don’t “take any shortcuts, and it’s what sets us apart and what makes our food taste so good”.
Want to taste gluten-free foods in Singapore at The Whole Kitchen’s foods for yourself? Visit its bakery cafe at East Coast Road (main entrance at Ean Kiam Place) or order from the site.
The Whole Kitchen
11 East Coast Rd., #01-16, Odeon Building, 428722
By The Whole Kitchen for The Finder Issue 306, March 2021 / Images: Courtesy of The Whole Kitchen.
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