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Novak Djokovic: #1 Tennis Player in the World & Gluten-free!

On September 12, a gluten-free Novak Djokovic defeated Rafael Nadal to win the men’s US Open Final.
Djokovic, the #1 men’s tennis player in the world, credits his adoption of the gluten-free diet at the recommendation of a nutritionist in 2010 for his incredible success in 2011. He has won an astounding 64 out of 66 matches and 3 out of 4 Grand Slams in 2011.

Djokovic said in interviews that removing gluten from his diet has resulted in his increased speed, endurance and improved play. In his own words, he feels better, moves better and thinks better.

While watching the grueling 4 hour and 10 minute US Open Final and listening to the announcers repeatedly describe it as one of the most intense they had ever witnessed, a nagging thought begged the question…  (more…)


FDA Gluten Free Labeling Update

September 9th, 2011 by Cheryl Harris, MPH, RD, LD

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The FDA is finally moving on regulating the claim “gluten-free” on packages, which is fantastic news!  Lots of people have put in countless hours to make this happen.  We’ve got 1 month left to comment—until October 3rd—and YOUR comment is vital to getting the law YOU want.

During the Aug 2nd teleconference, we heard that the comment period was re-opened and we might have a law by late 2012.  Several prominent researchers, including Dr. Alesso Fasano and Dr.Stefano Guandalini, spoke in favor of the new proposed legislation. “This is a standard that has been in use in Europe for almost two decades, & the science supports the U.S. adopting it as well,” commented Dr. Fasano.  I posted highlights of the teleconference, but upon reading the 90+ page safety assessment, I had a lot of questions! http://1.usa.gov/r4NDLA

The safety assessment suggests that for the most sensitive Celiac, (more…)

John Libonati Gluten Free Works

On August 3, Smart Balance, Inc. announced it purchased Glutino Food Group for $66.3 million cash.  With this purchase, Smart Balance picks up arguably the #1 most recognized gluten-free brand in the United States.

Smart Balance Gluten FreePARAMUS, N.J., Aug. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Smart Balance, Inc. (NasdaqGM: SMBL) announced it acquired 100% of the equity interest of Importations DE-RO-MA, which owns Glutino Food Group (“Glutino”), for $66.3 million, from Claridge, aMontreal-based investment firm.  Based in Laval, Quebec, Glutino is a leading manufacturer and marketer of innovative, premium-priced, gluten-free foods sold under the Glutino and Gluten Free Pantry brands.  Glutino offers a wide range of shelf-stable and frozen gluten-free products, including snack foods, frozen baked goods, frozen entrees and baking mixes throughout North America and on its website www.glutenfree.com.  Glutino had annual sales of $53.9 million during its fiscal year ended March 31, 2011.

Commenting on the announcement, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Stephen Hughes stated,

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John Libonati

Joplin Missouri Celiacs Need Our Help!

May 27th, 2011 by John Libonati

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Joplin Tornado Gluten Free

Photo: The Joplin Globe, Roger Nomer

People with celiac disease in Joplin, MO need our help! 

The following message was posted by Barbara Hicks, leader of the Tri Lakes Celiac Support Group in Kimberling, MO. Contact Barbara to find out how you can get involved.

Hi Everyone,

I am sure that by now you have heard about the tornado that hit Joplin.  It took out a major portion of the town including the two major grocery stores where celiacs (more…)

 John Libonati Gluten Free Works

Fort Washington, PA, USA- Glutenfreeworks.com, one of the most popular gluten-free websites on the internet, is celebrating Celiac Awareness Month during May by giving away over 640 gluten-free prizes in a Gluten Free Extravaganza! 

Gluten Free NetWorks

The newest gluten-free social network on the internet!

Gluten Free Works is awarding the Gluten Free Extravaganza prizes to members of its new social network, Gluten Free NetWorks, the newest social network for the gluten-free community. 

Gluten Free NetWorks advances Glutenfreeworks.com’s mission to “help people get well, look good and stay healthy” by providing a place to meet, share information and assist each other.

Gluten-Free Extravaganza prizes were donated by twenty-six gluten-free companies: Earth Source Organics, Domata Living Flour, Heartland Pasta, Conte’s Pasta, Bob’s Red Mill, (more…)

John Libonati

Kellogg’s Announces New Gluten-free Rice Krispies

May 13th, 2011 by John Libonati

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Kellogg's Gluten Free Rice Krispies

Rice Krispies are now Gluten Free!!

BATTLE CREEK, Mich., May 11, 2011 – The wait for people with celiac disease and gluten sensitivity is almost over. Starting in June 2011, grocery stores nationwide will begin stocking new Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies® Gluten Free cereal alongside the original variety.

Rice Krispies® Gluten Free cereal brings a family favorite back to the tables of people who are unable to eat gluten, offering long-time fans and a new generation of gluten-sensitive kids the joy of eating a bowl of this beloved cereal “that talks,” or whipping up a batch of delicious, (more…)

Ethan Fox never slept more than two hours at a time.  He did not speak.  He ran continuously, day and night, until he would collapse from exhaustion.  After a short nap, he would awaken and run again. 

At one year of age, Ethan was diagnosed with autism.  At 20 months, after being written off by other physicians, he was placed on a gluten-free, dairy-free diet by Dr. Kenneth Bock, autism specialist and author of “What Your Family Needs To Know About Autism Spectrum Disorders.”

According to Ethan’s mother, Tracy Fox, results were seen within three days on a gluten-free, dairy-free diet. Ethan slept through the night, spoke his first words and has never had a problem since.  Now age 6, he is at the top of his class at school with a 97%  average…and virtually no one knows he was ever diagnosed with autism.

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Update on FDA’s Gluten-Free Food Labeling Rule

February 7th, 2011 by Tricia Thompson

Rhonda Kane, MS, RD, Consumer Safety Officer at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), provided us with the following status report on FDA’s gluten-free food labeling rulemaking:

The headquarters of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is seen in Silver Spring, Maryland.

“FDA published a proposed rule to define the food labeling term “gluten-free” on January 23, 2007, which had a 90-day public comment period that closed on April 23, 2007.  As discussed on page 2803 of the proposed rule (posted under the subheading “Gluten-Free”), FDA committed to conducting a safety assessment on gluten exposure in individuals with celiac disease.  FDA conducted this safety assessment in accordance with the data quality criteria discussed in (more…)

Jennifer Harris

Subway’s Foray Into Gluten-free Makes It on CNN.com

January 20th, 2011 by Jennifer Harris

Source: CNN.com

As most of you have heard by now, Subway began testing out a gluten-free bun and brownie in Dallas-Fort Worth and Tyler/Longview, TX on January 10th. This development at Subway warranted an article on CNN Health where you can see photos of both the bun and the brownie.  

According to celiac.com, the gluten-free rolls and brownies made by (more…)

UConn’s Gluten-Free Food Program a National Model

December 22nd, 2010 by Paul Stern

Freedom from gluten is becoming easier than ever, especially if you happen to be eating at the University of Connecticut.

Are you gluten-intolerant?

If you are not, odds are you know someone who is.

And if you are – as are an estimated 1 in 100 people who have celiac disease – you know how hard it is to eat gluten-free.

But it is getting easier – especially if you are dining at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, where the gluten-free menu is state of the art.

I sampled some of UConn’s gluten-free food the other day with Dennis Pierce, UConn’s director of dining services, and Robert Landolphi, manager of (more…)