Author Archives: John Libonati

Buckwheat: The Gluten-Free Superfood!

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Don’t let the name fool you. Buckwheat is anything but wheat. It is much more nutritious than wheat and, in spite of the name, is completely gluten-free.

Buckwheat has been grown in America since colonial days. Buckwheat was once very common on farms in the northeastern and northcentral United States. Production of buckwheat reached a peak in 1860s at which time the grain was a common livestock-feed and was in demand for making flour. Buckwheat enjoyed a resurgence of popularity in the mid 1970’s that was brought on by the demand for commercially prepared breakfast cereal and by exports to Japan for making buckwheat noodles. This boom was due to the nutritional excellence of buckwheat.(1)

Buckwheat Dietary Uses

Buckwheat flour has a strong, distinctive flavor and is often mixed with other flours to lend its distinctive taste to many baked goods. Buckwheat comes in a few different forms for dietary consumption: Read More »

Food Nutrition Labels: What the Terms Mean

The food label is an effort to simplify and encourage the use of nutritional information. It is clear, informative, and detailed, providing everything a consumer would normally need to decide if a food meets their nutritional standards before buying.

Nutrients
The common nutrients, such as Total Fat, Cholesterol, and Sodium, are required fields. Other nutrients, such as Iron and Vitamin K, are optional and not required to be listed.

Serving Size
Serving size tries to reflect the amount a person can eat. It must be about the same for like products, which makes it easier to compare the nutritional qualities of related foods. Serving sizes are expressed in both common household and metric measures. Read More »

10 Quick Gluten-Free Baking Tips

Cashew Apricot Quick Bread from GFDF Cooking Made Easy

Here are ten quick baking tips that will help make your next loaf of gluten-free bread, pie or cake a success! 

  1. Maintain a gluten-free pantry to avoid cross-contamination if you have gluten-containing products in your kitchen.
  2. Avoid flopping in cakes when using egg whites. In making cakes that use egg whites for structure, be careful when whipping whites. If over-whipped, they will deflate as the cake cools. Read More »

15 Celiac Disease Facts Everyone Should Know

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Celiac disease awareness is growing, but misinformation still abounds. Here are 15 celiac disease facts every doctor, patient and member of the public should know.

1. 1 in 700 –

    The average prevalence of celiac disease in the United States 1950. (Mayo)

2. 1 in 100 –

    The average worldwide prevalence of celiac disease across all races today. (NIH) The average prevalence of celiac disease in the United States today. (Mayo)

3. $8,500 – The average annual estimated healthcare cost of each person with untreated celiac disease in the United States. (Cigna/Columbia Celiac Disease Center study) Read More »

Hyperthyroidism, Celiac Disease and the Gluten Connection

 

Graves-Proptosis_and_lid_retraction_from_Graves_Disease-wikimedia[1]Hyperthyroidism is a common condition worldwide. It occurs in 1-2 per cent of the population with greater incidence in iodine-deficient regions and is 10 times more common in women than men between the ages of 20 and 40 years.(1)

Hyperthyroidism is estimated to affect about 3 million people in the United States. The disease affects more women than men, breaking down to about 2% of women and .2% of men. As many as 15 percent of cases of hyperthyroidism occur in patients older than 60 years.(2)

Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) is a condition in which your thyroid gland produces too much of the hormone thyroxine. Hyperthyroidism can significantly accelerate your body’s metabolism, causing sudden weight loss, a rapid or irregular heartbeat, sweating, and nervousness or irritability.(3) Read More »

Dentists Can Help to Recognize Celiac Disease

[Editor’s Note: Article first published Jul 2, 2008]

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Dentistry Blog

By Tammy Davenport, About.com Guide to Dentistry since 2005

Celiac disease causes the body’s immune system to damage and attack the small intestine upon consumption of proteins in barley, rye, wheat and possibly oats. Since there are no specific blood tests to determine if someone has Celiac disease, doctors use blood tests to look for certain autoantibodies and biopsy the small intestine to look for traits of Celiac disease. Nancy Lapid, our Guide to Celiac Disease, points out that certain dental conditions are more common in people with this disease, which puts dentists in a good position to help notice when a patient might Read More »

Professional Football Kicker to Attempt Guiness Record & Support Celiac Disease

 

On Sunday, October 10th, 2010, arena football kicker, Craig Pinto, will be kicking field goals for 12 straight hours, from 7:30am-7:30pm, with two goals in mind. First, he will be attempting to set a world record for most field goals kicked within that time frame, by having to make 500 field goals, from 40 yards out, but Craig’s main focus is to raise money and awareness for Celiac Disease.

KICKING 4 CELIAC was born out of the desire to show children and adults alike, that living with Celiac Disease will not Read More »

NFCA Webinar October 7 – “Veggies & Beyond: Why Celiacs Need a Nutritionally Dense Diet”

This just in from the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness…

Whether you’re a dietitian ready for new information or a celiac in need of
quality gluten-free tips, this Webinar will put you in the know!

“Veggies & Beyond: Why Celiacs Need a Nutritionally Dense Diet”

Thursday, October 7 at 1 p.m. Eastern/10 a.m. Pacific Time

Join NFCA as GREAT Dietitian Melissa Marek, RD, from Axxya Systems Read More »

Old Spice Actor Reveals Gluten-free Diet Secret on Tonight Show with Jay Leno

Isaiah Mustafa, the actor build best known for his impressive build, good humor and over-the-top bravado in the Emmy-nominated Old Spice commercials, recently revealed the diet he follows to achieve his chiseled physique on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

According to Mustafa, celebrity trainer Tony Horton has him on a diet that contains no alcohol, caffeine, processed sugar, animal products or gluten. Horton is the producer of the wildly popular workout videos, P90X.

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New Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Cookbook Supports Autism Speaks, Brings Smiles

[Editor’s Note: June 4, 2012 Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Cooking Made Easy is currently out of stock. The book is being made into an e-book and will be coming out soon!]

Can news of a cookbook make someone smile? It can if the recipes it provides helps change a life…

“I am sitting here listening to my daughter in her speech class just thinking
how this gluten free diet is making such changes. Brings tears to my eyes.
I will purchase that new cookbook with a smile.” -Courtney

As more and more people come to realize the benefits of a gluten-free, dairy-free diet for autism and general health, the brand new cookbook, “Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Cooking Made Easy,” is set to produce smiles like Courtney’s across the country and around the world.

Published by Gluten Free Works, this handy book is making it easy to understand and prepare wonderful gluten-free and dairy-free meals that meet individual nutritional needs. Read More »

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