Fast Tract Diet for SIBO Forum Fast Tract Diet Q&A Baker's flour vs cake flour

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  • IdaS
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    Hi all,
    My understanding is that baker’s flour (bread flour) is higher in gluten than cake or pastry flour.
    I was wondering if anyone knows if these flours also typically differ in amylose/amylopectin content.
    We bake slow rise bread, which means that we mix the flour, water, salt and a very little bit of yeast, then simply let it rise by itself overnight before baking. The long rise makes for good gluten development and absolutely lovely chewy bread (I understand some people have issues with gluten, I don’t think I’m one of them).
    I would experiment once I get symptom free, but I just started my first week of the diet in earnest (no bread, needless to say) and need to put in my bulk flour order in the next couple of days, so any thoughts would be appreciated.

    Norm Robillard
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    HI Ida,
    Interesting idea. I am not positive, but I don’t believe they are different in amylose/amylopectin content. Finding / or mixing flours with waxy (low amylose) varieties is likely the best approach. There is a post on the site that I posted for Lana that talks about waxy corn flours. I will repost it here:
    “I’ve been taking a look at corn starch as I have been getting conflicting results about the Glycemic Index of it. Some are very high, others medium. While nosing around I came across something called Waxy Maize. It’s a high amylopectin corn starch. Cool!
    Bodybuilders use it for a high carb boost after a workout so it will be found in those circles. I’ve purchased from Pure Bulk before and the price looks good. Here is the link and the blurb:
    “Waxy maize starch is a corn starch that is high in complex carbohydrates. Domesticated maize contains two important types of starch polymers, amylose and amylopectin. Waxy maize is unique for containing high amounts of amylopectin, a branched, high molecular weight starch polymer consisting of molecules of glucose. Additionally, waxy maize is low in amylose starch molecules which are not digested easily in by the human body.”
    Unfortunately, I’ve also been getting conflicting info about this product. This site suggests the glycemic index is in the 60’s:
    But this paper shows that rats fed high amylopectin corn starch developed insulin resistance indicating that it is indeed high GI:

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    Thanks Norm,
    I’ll stick with the baker’s flour for the moment and see how it goes.

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