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    How much flour is too much?

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    I was buying dried jalapenos to add to my salads. They're crunchy & delicious. They really make a big difference in the enjoyability of a salad. Them I looked closer at the label...

    1379330579137.jpg I hope that's readable. Sure enough, flour. How much might that flour be derailing my weight loss? It's been a while since I've bought them, but I miss them.

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    I doubt it's derailing your weight loss, but I think wheat flour can cause health problems for many people. I avoid gluten and industrial seed oils like the plague. Here is Robb Wolf's science-y explanation of why gluten is bad for everyone:

    Hey Robb, this person said gluten free diets are bogus!

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    you could just dry your own
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    Quote Originally Posted by not on the rug View Post
    you could just dry your own
    This.

    Flour is often added as an anti-caking agent since dried peppers tend to stick together in packaging. I wouldn't buy one with wheat flour used as an anti-caking agent, but if they used, say, corn starch (like in pre-shredded cheeses) I wouldn't worry about it because it is such a tiny quantity.

    I cook regularly with potato starch and tapioca starch, so any quantity of them wouldn't bother me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChocoTaco369 View Post
    but if they used, say, corn starch (like in pre-shredded cheeses) I wouldn't worry about it because it is such a tiny quantity.
    This is kinda off-topic, but my biggest phobia with pre-shredded cheese is the fact that many have anti-fungal substances (usually natamycin). Does that cause you any concern, Choco (or anyone else who cares to respond)?

    Wikipedia says there is no evidence for or against it impacting gut flora:
    Natamycin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Yeah, I'd definitely avoid those peppers -- wheat + canola oil is not a good combo. Alone, it probably wouldn't derail your weight loss, but if you combine that with other poor diet/lifestyle choices, it might be enough to make a difference.

    As far as shredded cheese goes, I've never looked into natamycin, but I would just grate the cheese myself. You'll have a better selection of cheese that way.
    Last edited by tarek; 09-16-2013 at 09:02 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yodiewan View Post
    This is kinda off-topic, but my biggest phobia with pre-shredded cheese is the fact that many have anti-fungal substances (usually natamycin). Does that cause you any concern, Choco (or anyone else who cares to respond)?

    Wikipedia says there is no evidence for or against it impacting gut flora:
    Natamycin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    I don't buy pre-shredded cheese. I always grate my own. I mean how lazy do you have to be? Plus, the pre-shredded stuff is more expensive and the starch content gives it an unpleasant mouth feel IMO. I've never looked into it.

    The photo just popped up. Yea, they're awful. Avoid.
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    I agree and never buy shredded cheese for the reasons tarek and Choco identified. It was more of a curiosity question. For me it falls into the "it's not really much/any additional work to avoid it, so I do" camp. Plus the fact that quality/flavor is better as was mentioned.

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    If you are not afraid of a little rice in your diet you could experiment with making your own pepper strips. The ones you were eating where not dehydrated, they were fried more than likely. You could shake slices of jalapeno in some rice flour (seems like the one that would work best to me) and either fry them or bake them with a very well greased tray.

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    This guy has a lot to say about how much gluten it takes to initiate an autoimmune response. Definitely worth a listen.

    Gluten: A Health Hazard For EVERYONE w/ Dr. O'Bryan - Paleohacks Podcast Episode #11 | Paleo Blog

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