Archive for November, 2012

Nov.29, 2012

How Does a Gluten-Free Diet Affect Heart Health?

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Scientists have recently debated if eating gluten-free affects heart disease in a positive or negative way.  Since heart disease is the number one killer in many countries the effect of diet is an important point of discussion.

So far results have shown that there are two very different hypothesis: one is that eating gluten-free lowers the risk of heart disease and on the other side that it increases risk.  This has to do with how people follow the diet.  If you follow the diet by eating lean meats, fish, and fresh fruit and vegetables while cutting out heavy carbs normally associated with gluten consumption then chances are that your risk will be lower.  If you follow the diet by substituting gluten-free foods that tend to be higher in fat and sugar to make up for taste then your risk may be higher.

The gluten-free diet can also reduce body inflammation by cutting out food irritants that can lead to other problems and thus lowering the risk of heart disease.

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Nov.28, 2012

Researchers Start to Look at Passing Celiac from Parent to Child

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Although autoimmune disorders tend to be rare in children, Celiac Disease remains at the top of the list of conditions that do affect for children. And, Celiac Disease is still very under diagnosed, leaving parents and sometimes children to suffer for many years from debilitating symptoms.

Naturally, pregnant mothers diagnosed with an auto-immune disorder such as Celiac or Lupus are worried that they can pass on the condition to their child. With these worries in mind, researchers are now investigating the risks of a parent passing these conditions on to a child.  To date, doctors say that antibodies may be passed on to the infant through the placenta though they may not permanently stay with the baby.

Since autoimmune conditions tend to be genetic, there could be a higher risk of a baby developing the disease and pregnant women with known autoimmune disorders should always consult their doctor for any treatment changes or advice. And, as always, it is extremely important to speak to your doctor about early testing to prevent any long term complications.

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Nov.26, 2012

Finding Gluten-Free Restaurants Around the World

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There are hundreds of specialty gluten-free restaurants across the country but it is always nice to know that there are a few national chains anywhere you may find yourself in North America that offer safe gluten-free options. This article features some of the best gluten-free menu choices at chains across the country.

For gluten-free Chinese food the writers choose P.F. Changs as their top choice for gluten-free cuisine.  For Italian check out Carraba’s Italian Grill gluten-free menu which you can find in 33 states.  Outback Steakhouse also ranks high as a well rounded menu with great gluten-free options.  What are your favorites?

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Nov.23, 2012

ACG Study Looks at Celiac and Pregnancy

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A new study from the American College of Gastroenterology reveals that women with a positive diagnosis for Celiac Disease may have a harder time conceiving children or carrying a pregnancy until full term.

The study is still in preliminary stages but early results show that women with Celiac Disease consistently have more trouble than women without at a rate of 36.5% to 41.2%.
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Nov.21, 2012

Kids and Autoimmune Disorders

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Celiac Disease is one of the most common autoimmune disorders in children according to Jane M. El-Dahr, MD, professor of clinical pediatrics and chief of the section of pediatric immunology, allergy, and rheumatology at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans.

Celiac Disease is one of the autoimmune disorders that even with awareness campaigns continues to be under diagnosed.  Some people may be affected by Celiac from childhood and won’t realize the true problem until they are adults.  The best way to find out if you have Celiac is to have your doctor run a test! Or, check out the BioCard test as a first line testing method that can be done from the comfort of your own home.  A gluten-free diet continues to be the only cure for Celiac.

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Nov.20, 2012

Host a Gluten-Free Thanksgiving

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Hosting your gluten-free Thanksgiving party is easier than you think!  There are a few simple things to think about when planning your party that can make it easy for you to cook and tasty for everyone involved!
First remember that guests may have a variety of food allergies and while you may not be able to accommodate all of them there could be easy ways to help such as basting your turkey in olive oil and not butter for dairy-free diners.  A simple way of making a tasty gravy is to use the turkey parts and thicken it with cornstarch instead of flour.  It will be just as good and gluten-free.
There are some great boxed corn bread and stuffing recipes but if you want to make your own, you can use gluten-free bread and make sure to leave out any sauces (such as soy) that may have hidden gluten.
For dessert there is a good variety of gluten-free pie crust you can buy at the store or you can do it yourself with gluten-free crushed gingerbread cookies used in place of graham crackers for a nice crust.  Continue with traditional recipes for the filling for pumpkin or pecan pie.
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Nov.19, 2012

New Study Suggests Reduced Risk of Some Cancers for Women with Celiac Disease

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Good news from Sweden!  A new study coming from the Clinical Epidemiology Unit at the Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm, Sweden has announced that women with Celiac Disease may be at a decreased risk from female hormone related cancers such as breast cancer, endometrial cancer and ovarian cancer.

An explanation for the findings include shared risk factors and early menopause for women with Celiac Disease.

Hopefully more testing will come from this study soon!

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Nov.16, 2012

ABC’s Katie Couric Talks Celiac Disease with Dr. Peter Green

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Check out the interview that Katie Couric did for ABC in which she interviews leading expert on Celiac Disease, Dr. Peter Green of Columbia University!  It’s wonderful to see such a public figure put the spotlight on Celiac Disease to help raise awareness.

Green explains that for the 3 million Americans who suffer from Celiac Disease the primary symptoms are gas, bloating and diarrhea.  He further elaborates that many people (up to 90%) of people with Celiac don’t know that they have it.

He cautions that for people using the gluten-free diet to lose weight to stick to naturally gluten-free foods like fresh fruits and vegetables and to read labels carefully to ensure that any gluten-free product substitutions are healthy and don’t have a higher fat content to make up for taste.

Thanks Katie for talking about Celiac!

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Nov.15, 2012

Calgary Food Bank Sees More Requests for Gluten-Free Products

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Great news for gluten-free food banks!  A few years ago the Calgary Food Bank launched a gluten-free program and requests for the specialty food hampers have steadily grown.

The food bank encourages people to make thoughtful donations that include health conscious choices which could greatly benefit an individual or family suffering from Celiac Disease that may not have access to many or any gluten-free foods.

With Celiac Disease on the rise, the Calgary Food Bank aims to give people the food they need to help get them back on their feet.

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Nov.14, 2012

Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Tricks

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner and that means family, friends, cornucopias and of course the traditional Thanksgiving feast…all gluten-free!  Check out how to make sure your dinner doesn’t have any hidden gluten by following tips from Dr. Kristin Bobik that she was kind of enough to share.

She says to make sure your turkey is pure turkey and doesn’t have any hidden flavors or preservatives that may include gluten.  For stuffing lovers, she modifies the recipe by using gluten-free bread or a gluten-free stuffing mix and by warning to make sure that you check all labels on sausage to ensure that it is gluten-free.

As always, using fresh ingredients (like cranberries) that are naturally gluten-free is a good choice.  For a gluten-free pie crust you can crumble purchased gluten-free ginger cookies for some extra spice or use gluten-free graham crackers for a more traditional graham cracker crust.

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