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Jan.29, 2013

Make the Switch to a Gluten-Free Diet

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So you’ve made the decision to go gluten-free to improve your health because you were diagnosed by your doctor with celiac disease or a sensitivity to gluten. This means you now have to exclude wheat, rye and barley – as well as any derivatives of those grains -  from your diet and figure out the myriad of foods you may have never known contained gluten.

You also need to worry about cross contamination as for some people even the smallest crumb from a stray crouton on your starter salad can set off an intestinal nightmare.  Become an expert label reader at the super market so you don’t accidentally buy something that was processed at a plant that also processes gluten to avoid potential illness.

But don’t worry!  Going gluten-free can be amazing for your health and isn’t as complicated as it sounds.

Read more about making the cheapest adjustment now at: http://www.thebaynet.com/news/index.cfm/fa/viewstory/story_ID/30937

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Jan.25, 2013

Are You Ready for Some Football?

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Sports fans unite!  The super bowl is fast approaching and that means figuring out the best gluten-free bites to please your rowdy friends and family.

This year try something special like baked sweet potato fries or fontina cheese fondue with gluten-free crackers.  Even the most discerning of sports fans won’t help but love cornmeal crusted  calamari or gluten-free cornbread dipped in home made chili.

Who are you rooting for in the game?  Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/phoebe-lapine/the-5-best-glutenfree-sup_b_2526511.html

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Jan.23, 2013

Are Food Allergies a Disability?

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Schools, restaurant, businesses, and other official institutions may be at risk for violating the American Disabilities Act if they don’t accommodate people with food allergies, sensitivities and intolerances. And a recent ruling by the Justice Department is forcing these institutions to take a close look at how they provide food.

While most people with food allergies wouldn’t necessarily say they have a disability, they do agree that at institutions such as universities where a meal plan is required for students, then the appropriate meals should be served to those who are at high risk for becoming sick due to allergies.

What do you think? Read more about the topic and post your comments below: http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/food-allergies-disabilities-restaurants-liable-article-1.1242534

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Jan.18, 2013

Gluten-Free Bread: Make it at Home

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Does baking gluten-free bread seem like a daunting adventure? Well, the good news is that it isn’t really that difficult and with just a little help, you can make gluten-free bread at home that tastes great!  It’s important to note that if this is your first venture into the world of gluten-free baking, you may notice subtle  differences in texture and ingredients, but the process is not difficult and can be extremely fun.

However there are a few things to know in order to make your perfect gluten-free bread: The first is that you don’t have to knead.  Kneading the gluten is the reason for kneading at all so you can forget that step. Also, it’s often easiest with gluten-free flours to userapid rise yeast. Most gluten-free breads rise within 50 minutes, so no need for multiple punch downs of dough.

Read more about the right steps to making delicious gluten-free bread here: http://www.wpri.com/dpps/entertainment/dining/twinkles-kitchen-gluten-free-bread-101-nd13-tvw_5334968

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Jan.17, 2013

New App Leads Consumers to Gluten-Free Dining Destinations

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TravelSite has launched a new gluten-free dining app for both iPhone and Android.  Users can now access the site’s thousands of gluten-free dining reviews on the go and find a tasty gluten-free meal wherever they may be.

The app will allow users to save “must try” restaurants in areas they visit and will send an alert when they are in close proximity to the establishment.

Check out the new app and read more here: http://www.sfgate.com/business/prweb/article/GlutenFreeTravelSite-Launches-Dine-Gluten-Free-4195416.php

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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.

Read more: http://bostonglobe.com/metro/2013/01/16/college-dining-halls-latest-challenge-gluten-free/ZGWMFABp0ruPI87L8BV8wM/story.html

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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: http://www.healthnowmedical.com/blog/2013/01/08/can-gluten-cause-glaucoma-and-blindness/

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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.

Read more about the connection between gluten and head aches here: http://www.dailyrx.com/ibd-and-celiac-disease-patients-more-likely-have-headaches

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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!

Read more: http://www.examiner.com/article/perillo-tours-offering-gluten-free-food-lovers-tour-of-tuscany

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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.

Read more about children and how they may be affected by gluten here: http://www.empowher.com/parenting/content/what-deal-gluten-sensitivity

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