The Wandering Mind

Nutrition and Food Substitution

Posted in Food Preparation,Nutrition by wandren on 11 September 2007

Found this comprehensive, 87-page Natural Foods Training Manual that contains nutritional information about all food types, dietary traditions, such as macrobiotic and Ayurvedic, food allergies, and food processing methods. Highly recommended.

The Cook’s Thesaurus is quickly becoming one of my favorite sites for solid information about the chemical properties of various foods and which ones can be substituted for each other in order to have the expected results.  I came to find this site when looking for wheat flour substitutions.

Reviewers of this site have said:

“The site lists six supermarket-friendly alternatives to buttermilk (try combining regular milk with a dash of lemon juice or vinegar); while Seville oranges make a worthy substitute for kumquats when jam-making.”

“Her Sugars page (under flavorings and accompaniments) describes how baking will be affected by the use of powdered sugar, corn syrup, rice syrup, honey (she warns against feeding it to infants), maple syrup plus baking soda, granulated fructose or molasses. Under Milk and Cream, she gives substitutes for Chantilly cream, clotted cream, whipped cream and others, with discussions of butterfat content. For those with lactose maldigestion, milk allergy or casein intolerance, she also has a No Milk page.”