Friday, December 23, 2011
Celiac disease patient Barbara Johnson says rules of a gluten-free diet include eating “plain meat, plain vegetables, plain fruits.” She says, however, holidays do not have to be boring thanks to an abundance of gluten-free food products, including candy and pie crusts, on the market for making favorite treats.
Friday, December 9, 2011
People on a gluten-free diet have a lot to worry about when eating in restaurants or at dinner parties, including cross-contamination of food in the kitchen and hidden gluten in recipes. While it is getting easier for gluten-free followers to dine out and grocers are stocking shelves with more gluten-free foods, people with celiac disease or those who are gluten intolerant still face big challenges in determining which foods are safe to eat.
Crowds at the Gluten Free Expo in Sandy, Utah, are a testament to the increasing and seemingly recession-proof interest in gluten-free foods, going well beyond a treatment for celiac disease. While researchers continue to study who may be gluten intolerant or have celiac disease, food and beverage manufacturers are making and promoting more gluten-free products and athletes are pushing the diet to mainstream consumers. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/27/magazine/Should-We-All-Go-Gluten-Free.html?_r=1
In the year since registered dietitian Kristin Sousek was diagnosed with celiac disease, she says she has found going gluten-free requires a complete commitment to "eliminating all grain allergens all the time." Sousek says she avoids processed foods and uses a separate set of cooking utensils and dishes because it only takes a small amount of gluten to trigger a reaction. http://www.argusleader.com/article/20111207/LIFE/312070001/Avoiding-gluten-takes-commitment