Quest for the Perfect Gluten Free English Muffin

September 5, 2012 by  
Filed under Gluten Free Products

As you quest for the perfect gluten free English Muffin, I will help you by comparing the two gluten free English Muffin brands, Glutino and Food for Life, to Thomas’ English Muffins (the holy grail of English Muffins for Americans).

Glutino’s English Muffins have  a yellow-orange color and when cut open, look like a fluffy light bread. But if you close your eyes, the light taste and texture in the mouth is more similar to Thomas’ English Muffin than the Food for Life brand.

The Food for Life brand of gluten free English Muffin, I enjoy, but I know it is not for everyone. It is a heavier bread and a more pasty taste and texture. The Food for Life brand looks just like a Thomas’ English Muffin, but does not taste like one. As I said, I like it, but it is not for everyone.

The Glutino brand is more of a crowd pleaser, but the ingredients are less healthy.

Click here to see Glutino’s English Muffin ingredients made in Canada.

Click here to see Food for Life’s English Muffin organic ingredients made in the USA.

When it comes to gluten free organic flours, as Food for Life uses, the flavor result can be unique and an acquired taste.

Both English Muffins require some skills to defrost and toast to just the right taste. If the Food For Life English Muffin is not heated long enough, it tastes really bad. So don’t give up on it, maybe you need to warm it longer. Both brands I defrost in the oven on Bake 375. The Glutino brand, after defrosted, I cut open and toast with butter on Broil. The Food for Life brand, being heavier and thicker, tastes better closed with butter inserted, otherwise, it just gets too hard.

I have tried a variation of delicious organic toppings. Butter. Butter and cream cheese. Butter and a fried egg. Butter, cream cheese, avocado, and smoked salmon.

SUMMARY: If all you want is gluten free and good taste, go with the Glutino English Muffin brand. If you are nostalgic for the English Muffin look, want to be as healthy as you can be, and don’t mind trying new flavors, go with the organic FoodforLife brand.

 

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4 Responses to “Quest for the Perfect Gluten Free English Muffin”
  1. lannit says:

    I had been eating Glutino Gluten Free English Muffins for six months, but noted that my previous wheat sensitivity symptoms were starting to return: weight gain, bloating after breakfast, indigestion and slow digestion.

    I emailed Glutino asking if there were any GMO ingredients in this product. Glutino sent me a list of their products which are GMO free and their English Muffins are not on the list (you can see this list at the bottom of the following web page):

    http://www.glutino.com/products/related-product-faqs/

    I suspect that the corn, a major ingredient, and a soy derivative are both from GMO crops. I stopped eating this product and all my symptoms disappeared within a week and I also lost five pounds, despite no other change in my diet or exercise routine. It’s time to label all food that have GMO ingredients.

    • admin says:

      Lannit, thanks for the extra info!

      I am glad you figured it out and feel better.
      I think Glutino is part of a food giant and they are more focused on good taste (which sells) than good health (which appeals to a smaller market).

      Eating GMO-free is a major challenge. If the ingredients don’t say Organic (and even lots that do), you can be pretty sure they have genetically modified ingredients, especially the corn and soy. Only foods that say no-GMO ingredients MIGHT be gmo-free.

      Please be aware there are food products on my site that have GMO ingredients — gluten-free is my main focus; I do wish all food was GMO-free though.
      Cheap mass produced food is almost all gmo these days, particularly in the USA.

      Best to avoid processed and packaged foods all together for best health.

      Please share any other information you learn or experience.

  2. Amelia Fonti says:

    Hello Jaden,

    Search no more for the perfect gluten free muffin! Senza Chicago is a totally gluten free fine dining restaurant making headlines for itself (actually we are the only GF fine dining establishment in the mid-west…!)
    We have just opened a gluten free bakery and our best seller is our English Muffin – indistinguishable from the “normal” version with wheat. We don’t sell outside of Illinois, but if you are ever in Chicago, contact me and we will arrange for you to have a sample. In the meantime, our website – http://www.senzachicago.com – has a gallery tab and there you will find a lovely picture of our English Muffin. Yelp Chicago and Opentable Chicago have lots of lovely reviews about us – so enjoy the anticipation.
    Regards,
    Amelia Fonti
    bakery@senzachicago.com
    http://www.senzachicago.com

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