Gluten-Free Diet

Jan.16, 2013

Colleges & Universities Advance Gluten-Free Initiatives

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Universities are now taking extra steps to ensure that students have appropriate access to gluten-free food.  Some schools are creating whole dining hall sections open to all students and labeling those items as gluten-free so students can choose whether they want to partake.

At other schools, the process is a little bit lengthier and students with food allergies have access to a special refrigerator that they are given a key to or students work with a school nutritionist to determine which dining hall foods are safe and possibly pre-order special meals.

Whether a student has Celiac Disease or has been advised to go on a gluten-free diet to alleviate other health concerns, it’s wonderful that schools are taking the diagnosis seriously and providing fair access to food that helps keep students active, healthy and ready to learn.

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Jan.15, 2013

Can Gluten Affect Your Eyesight?

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New research signals that undiagnosed Celiac Disease and gluten intolerance may play a role in the development of glaucoma, a slowly progressing eye disease that damages the eyes optic nerve and can cause blindness sometimes due to hypoperfusion or inadequate circulation.

Gluten is known to cause hypoperfusion in the brain, which could concurrently affect eye vessels and contribute to eye disease.  Food sensitivities in general can also affect eye health.

Read more about the relationship between gluten and glaucoma here:

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Jan.14, 2013

Research Looks at Correlation Between Headaches and Digestive Issues

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New research shows that patients with stomach problems are more likely to suffer from head aches and migraines than those who don’t suffer from digestive issues.

Up to 30% of people with Celiac Disease and 56% of people with gluten sensitivity reported either having chronic long term headaches or migraines and 72% of those would classify their head aches as severe.  Patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome also had a higher percentage of head ache sufferers than healthy people.

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Jan.11, 2013

Plan a Gluten-Free Trip to Italy

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Have you really been wanting to travel to Italy but are a bit apprehensive because of the glutenous nature of delicious Italian cuisine such as pasta and pizza?

Well get ready to enjoy Italy in a whole new way with Perillo Gluten-Free Tuscany Tours!  The six day food lovers tour will explore the deep history of the Tuscany region and delve into the historic cuisine.

If you have ever wanted to see Italy and enjoy gluten-free cuisine this may be the right trip for you!

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Jan.10, 2013

Research Looks at How Gluten Affects Kids

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Up to 20 million Americans may be affected by Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity and many are children.  Some scientists believe that gluten can act as an opioid which increases the normal level of endorphins the body produces in response to stress or pain.  This can explain the “bread addiction” and why people are so comforted by it.
However some researchers believe that in children this effect can be harmful and especially in autistic or epileptic children a gluten-free diet can be beneficial.

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Jan.09, 2013

Cosmopolitan Magazine Talks Gluten-Free

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Famous women’s lifestyle magazine Cosmopolitan is finally talking to their readers about the gluten-free diet.  For most people going gluten-free can be overwhelming at first as their is a multitude of foods you would never consider to contain gluten. Cosmo is now helping their readers with this difficult adjustment.

In the article, the magazine lays out some of these trigger foods such as processed lunch meats, chocolate, salad dressing, and baked beans that can sometimes (though not always) have gluten lurking within.  What’s most important is to always read labels and make sure that the products you pick are 100% gluten-free and not processed in plants that also process wheat which can also make you sick.

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Jan.08, 2013

New Dietary Restrictions App Helps People On Gluten-Free Diets

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Are you a constant traveler or just always on the go? If the answer is yes, then things just got a little bit easier. The new Food Community iPhone App by Nommunity locates restaurants for consumers who follow Gluten-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian, Kosher, Locavore and Organic dietary practices.

“The Food Community app connects you with people who share a common food lifestyle, and provides information and links to the best choices for your diet,” said JJ Koch, CEO and co-founder of Nommunity. “And, as if you needed another reason to love this app, our strategic partnerships will allow you to make reservations, place delivery & take-out orders, even claim coupons for your favorite restaurants.”

The app is free to download and is available now in the iTunes App Store. In addition to providing a locator for restaurants, the app is also allows users to share recipes, food stories and tips. The app encourages restaurants to offer healthier options and educates people about their food choices.

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Jan.07, 2013

Justice Department and Lesley University Reach Agreement on Gluten-Free Food Provisions

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The U.S. Justice Department has come to an agreement with Lesley University to ensure that students with Celiac Disease and other food allergies can completely enjoy the meal plan that is offered by the school as to be in compliance with the Americans Disability Act (ADA).

Under the settlement, Lesley University has agreed to take big steps such as ensuring that gluten-free options are available or allowing students with allergies to pre-order food.  They will also try to work with more vendors who accept student dining cards that cater to food allergies as well as make clear any allergies that could present a danger when in dining hall food.

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Jan.04, 2013

Latest Estimates on Celiac Disease Prevelance in the United States

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The latest study by the National Institutes of Health to determine the prevalence of Celiac Disease in the United States has put it at 1 in 141 people. However, researchers caution that even though public awareness is growing many, cases remain undiagnosed.

The disease is currently more active in the non-Hispanic white population, which could be due to larger awareness and more access to health care.  A biopsy of the small intestine was only performed in 43% of patients, which is relatively low.

Read more about Celiac in America from the NIH here:

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Dec.21, 2012

New Research Scores Gluten-Free Baking Ingredients

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Just in time for Christmas, has put together a list of all the science and research done on gluten-free products in 2012 to see how efforts to improve quality and nutrition in gluten-free products are emerging. This is great information that you could perhaps incorporate into your holiday baking adventures!

Buckwheat scores high in improving both texture and nutritional quality in gluten-free foods while rice bran has shown to improve both sensory experience and longevity of shelf life.

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