In Focus: Gluten-Free

Celiac Disease Awareness

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Courtesy of the College of American Pathologists and Answers TV. 
While Celiac disease is growing more and more common, pathologists agree that if you are tested early and can make the appropriate adjustments to your diet, the negative effects of celiac disease can be off-set that much sooner. Read more

In the Kitchen

Try experimenting with unique gluten-free foods like quinoa, buckwheat, and millet.

Gluten and the Diet

Gluten and the Diet 
A look at the claims and facts surrounding gluten from the Wheat Foods Council  Read more

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Should You Go G-Free?

05/01/2011
The Zied Guide
Going gluten-free (avoiding foods that contain this certain type of protein) has become a popular trend over the last few years. While many who cut gluten out of their diets do so because of sensitivities or because they’ve been diagnosed with Celiac Disease, others have begun to do so because they think it will help them cut calories and lose weight, or even get healthier. The popularity of “The G-Free Diet” by The View co-anchor and GMA contributor Elizabeth Hasselbeck, and the estimated $2.6 billion in sales of ‘G-Free’ foods in the U.S.Read more

Gluten Intolerance

09/01/2011
National Association of Wheat Growers

Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, barley and sometimes, through cross-contamination, oats that provide elasticity in bread products. Gluten flour is often mixed into flours that have less protein content in order to make better quality bread. Wheat gluten isn’t bad – in fact, it’s essential to making many of the great wheat products available today. However, an estimated 1 percent of the population has celiac disease, which is also known as gluten intolerance, and an additional 6 percent are thought to be gluten-sensitive.Read more

Is a Gluten-free Diet for Everyone? Should I Be On It?

06/30/2011
Cancer Dietitian
Here's a topic that was suggested to me by my cousin, a speech therapist in Sacramento. She says, "I'd like to hear your thoughts on the gluten-free diet. The latest trend it seems-here in CA. And I keep hearing that some parents whose kids have autism are putting them on a gluten-free diet." A good question! It seems that a lot of people have decided that eating a gluten-free diet is going to be the cure to all their problems. Or maybe just some of their problems! So you might wonder, should I follow a gluten-free diet too? Here are the basics on eating gluten-free and if it's for you.

Is Gluten-Free Just A Fad? (David Katz, M.D.)

07/25/2011
Huffington Post
There is a sizable, but still decidedly minority population that can benefit in terms of feeling better by excluding gluten, entirely or mostly, from their diets. There is a population -- an order of magnitude smaller -- for which it is vital to do so, and potentially even a matter of life and death. For everyone else, going gluten-free is at best a fashion statement. Now, let's mill the details

A Glimpse at 'Gluten-Free' Food Labeling

08/02/2011
Food and Drug Administration

Eating gluten doesn’t bother most consumers, but some people with celiac disease have health-threatening reactions, says Stefano Luccioli, M.D., a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allergist and immunologist. They need to know whether a food contains gluten. FDA has been working to define “gluten-free” to: (1) eliminate uncertainty about how food producers may label their products and (2) assure consumers who must avoid gluten that foods labeled “gluten-free” meet a clear standard established and enforced by FDA. FDA’s actions on Aug.Read more

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