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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Are there degrees of gluten sensitivity?

Gluten sensitivity is a real diagnosis and may cover more than one condition, according to gastroenterology experts. Dr. Joseph Murray of the Mayo Clinic says gluten sensitivity could be called "celiac lite," in that a patient may have symptoms of celiac disease but not show the blood antibodies nor the intestinal damage characteristic of it.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Gluten-free expo showcases abundance of products

Anyone on a gluten-free journey or intrigued with this emerging trend can put June 15, 2012 on their calendar to make sure to attend next year’s expo.

More than 60 vendors got to connect with customers as they showcased products at the D.C. Gluten-Free Expo in Washington. Some vendors got into the business because they or a family member have celiac disease and they offered generous samples to show people the wide range of food options available in gluten-free form. 

Friday, July 8, 2011

Chef finds gluten-free cooking gains traction in U.S.

Jacksonville, Fla., chef Aaron Flores says one sign that gluten-free cooking is making inroads in America is that this year the Gaylord Palms Hotel did not need his help cooking for people attending the Gluten Intolerance Group's annual conference. The chef at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Washington, D.C., works to raise awareness of celiac disease and gluten-free diets and is starting a company, I Eat What I Want! Hospitality, to help educate hotel chefs on gluten-free menu options.

Tennis star's gluten-free diet is not for everyone

Though Wimbledon tennis champion Novak Djokovic has used a gluten-free diet to his benefit, Dr. Christian Jessen writes that such a diet is not beneficial for those who do not have gluten intolerance or celiac disease. The diet can deprive the body of fiber and lead to other nutritional shortcomings. In addition, Jessen says, avoiding gluten altogether is difficult to do, as the substance appears in foods people might not expect, such as gravies, soy sauces and beer.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Celiac patients may have higher risk of cataracts

Celiac disease patients may be at higher risk for cataracts, possibly because of nutritional deficiencies, according to a study in the American Journal of Epidemiology. Researchers from the Karolinska University Hospital in Sweden said cataracts did not develop any earlier in celiac patients compared with the general population, and they did not rule out other autoimmune issues, such as chronic inflammation, as possible causes.

Gluten-free diet "fad" still helps raise celiac awareness

Some people who do not have celiac disease are going gluten-free anyway. It may be considered a fad diet, but that's fine with celiac patients, who say it still raises awareness about the disease. Dietitians warn people who do not need a gluten-free diet that it can be a difficult regimen to follow and could lead to nutrient deficiencies.