Nutritional value of gluten-free rice and bean based cake mix

ABSTRACT: Gluten-free foods are a growing trend in the domestic and international markets, contributing to health and wellness, especially the celiac public. The objective of this study was to create a new option of gluten-free food by replacing wheat flour by rice grit flour, cornstarch, and extruded split bean flour, and to aggregate value to low cost industrial byproducts. A new food product was developed and its components analyzed for their nutritional characteristics and changes during baking. The baked cakes can be a source of protein, had a good starch and protein digestibility, and low antinutritional factors, notably tannins. Incorporation of an extruded bean flour in a gluten-free cake mix improves protein digestibility, total dietary fiber, and raises ash, iron, and zinc contents.