Archive for February, 2012

Feb.09, 2012

Gluten-Free Bloggers

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Blogs are an amazing resource to get recipes, advice on eating gluten-free, up to the date medical news, and tips on where to eat in your neck of the woods.

To find some great gluten-free themed blogs, head to this article to check out a feature story on the 6 top bloggers in the Washington DC area!  Each blogger is highly qualified and really knows their stuff.

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Feb.07, 2012

New Consensus Paper Seeks to Define Spectrum of Gluten-Related Disorders

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A new consensus paper published in the journal BMC Medicine provides a new classification system for gluten-related disorders. In hopes of alleviating confusion amongst medical professionals and the public, the paper, which was authored by 15 celiac disease experts from around the world,  seeks to explain the clinical differences between celiac disease, gluten sensitivity and wheat allergies based on the responses that occur when a person ingests gluten.

The researchers broke the findings down as follows:

  • Celiac Disease patients experience an autoimmune response to gluten where the body mistakenly attacks itself. When eating gluten, patients in this group will develop antibodies that can be measured by a blood test and/or damage to the villi of the small intestine, which can be confirmed by a biopsy. There are hundreds of potential celiac disease symptoms that could affect any system of the body. Patients begin to experience symptoms weeks to years after first ingesting gluten.
  • Wheat Allergy patients will experience a classic allergy response that may affect the skin, gastrointestinal tract or respiratory tract when they ingest gluten. Skin prick tests are considered the first line of testing for a wheat allergy. In these patients, a reaction will occur minutes to hours after ingestion of gluten.
  • Gluten Sensitivity patients experience symptoms similar to those of celiac disease patients, however the reaction to gluten in these patients can not be identified by either allergic or autoimmune mechanisms. Gluten sensitive patients do not develop antibodies to gluten nor do they exhibit signs of intestinal villi damage. Today the only mechanism to diagnose a gluten sensitivity is an elimination diet.

You can view the abstract and full study here:
Abstract: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1741-7015/10/13/abstract

Full PDF: http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/1741-7015-10-13.pdf

Additionally, the Wall Street Journal published a great article on the study this morning. You can view that here:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204136404577206891526292590.html?KEYWORDS=gluten-free

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Feb.06, 2012

Hotels Offer More Gluten-Free Options

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With more and more travelers demanding gluten-free options, hotels and resorts are taking note and are now bringing in specialty products in all areas of their properties from mini-bars to full-service restaurants.

The trend extends from small boutique hotels like Kimpton properties on the West Coast all the way to worldwide luxury chains including the Fairmont where each chef was tasked with designing meals aimed at visitors managing a range of special diets (gluten-free, heart healthy, diabetic friendly, macrobiotic, etc).

Read all about how hotels are making the switch to gluten-free at  http://www.montrealgazette.com/travel/Hotels+cater+special+diets+gluten+free+food+menus/6107914/story.html

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Feb.03, 2012

CBS News Feature on Celiac and Gluten Intolerance

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The gluten-free diet is getting national attention with this special report on CBS!! The piece highlights how people may be sick for many, many years with what they think is a different condition but is actually a gluten intolerance or celiac disease.

They suggest the first step to going gluten-free is to learn how to read labels well and to start eating healthy, naturally gluten-free foods.

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Feb.01, 2012

New Gluten-Free Dining Options for University Students

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Gluten-free dining options are expanding at universities throughout the country! Most recently the University of New Hampshire has added a variety of options for gluten-free students including a dedicated gluten-free freezer, a phone hotline to call and speak with chefs about meal options and an online ordering system for students to order specially prepared, allergic friendly meals to be ready for when they arrive to eat.

What a cool system!

Learn more about the efforts at the University of New Hampshire and get inspired to make changes at your school! Read more at: http://www.tnhonline.com/mobile/unh-dining-expands-gluten-free-options-for-students-1.2757997

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