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Real Gluten Free Foods

“Real Food” can be defined as natural, unprocessed, traditional and nourishing foods that human have always eaten. This includes things like whole fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, herbs and spices, fish and seafood, and animal protein. These lie in stark contrast to our modern foods which have been grown with the use of pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, have very often been genetically modified, and had chemicals and flavorings (synthetics and other highly-addictive allergens) added.

For those living a gluten-free lifestyle, supporting “real food”, or “pro food” as it’s sometimes called, with our purchases is important because it reduces the risk of being exposed to and ingesting gluten. Processed foods — both conventional and (more…)


Prime Choice Foods, maker of Garden of Eatin’ Chips, announced a voluntary recall of certain lots of tortilla chips.  The chips contain undeclared wheat and soy.  Wheat & soy are 2 of the top 8 allergens and may cause severe, life threatening reactions to those who are allergic to them.  The following lots are included: (more…)

Gluten Free Certification – What Does It Mean to You?

February 18th, 2011 by Tricia Thompson

Currently we have a proposed government definition of the term “gluten-free” for food labeling purposes but no final rule. Under the proposed rule, a labeled gluten-free food has to contain less than 20 parts per million of gluten. When the final rule is released this number could stay the same, go up, or go down—a little or a lot.

The amount of gluten a labeled gluten-free food is allowed to contain is only part of the story. Another part is testing. The FDA stated in its proposed rule that it is tentatively considering using the standard sandwich R5 ELISA and the Morinaga wheat protein ELISA to test food products for gluten when necessary to assess misbranding. In contrast, FDA did not include the omega-gliadin (Skerritt) ELISA among the methods it was considering. One of the limitations discussed in the scientific literature regarding this ELISA is its underestimation of barley protein.

At the present time the R5 ELISA (Ridascreen Gliadin R7001) is widely regarded as the best available validated ELISA for assessing final food product for gluten. In my opinion, all labeled gluten-free foods should be periodically tested using (more…)

Cleo Libonati, RN, BSN

Agave Nectar Pros and Cons

February 18th, 2011 by Cleo Libonati, RN, BSN

 

Agave Americana

We have been asked about the safety of using agave syrup as low glycemic substitute for cane sugar.  Here is some useful information.

Of the several hundreds species of agave, commercial agave syrup is produced from Agave Americana, a desert succulent plant. The syrup, or nectar, is obtained from the sap.  The sweet sticky sap is extracted from the base of the plant then boiled to produce the “syrup.” Cooking converts the sap’s natural (more…)

The Celiac Disease Foundation: Greater Phoenix Chapter will host its 3rd Annual Greater Phoenix Gluten-Free Expo on Saturday, April 16, 2011.  

This event is open to the public and gives people challenged with Celiac Disease, or those interested in transitioning to a gluten-free lifestyle, an opportunity to learn more about gluten-free products and where to purchase those products, as well as learning about local restaurants offering gluten-free menus.  In 2010, over 600 attendees and 37 vendors participated in the expo. This year promises to be even bigger, with an expected 800 guests and 50 vendors.

The expo will be held between 10 am and 2 pm at the following location:

Sheraton Crescent Hotel
2620 West Dunlap Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85021

In keeping with the intent of sharing information on a wide array of products now available to the gluten-free community, a variety (more…)

Trish Deitemeyer

Have a Gluten-Free Valentine’s Day!

February 14th, 2011 by Trish Deitemeyer

Have you checked out Gluten Free Works yet?  You really should.  Founded by Cleo and John Libonati, it is  dedicated to “helping people get well, look good and stay healthy living gluten free.”  And right now, they’ve got some very sweet Valentine’s info posted.

There’s a gluten-free brownie recipegluten-free strawberry heart rice crispie bar recipe and even a heart-shaped pizza recipe from Terri Gruss, MS, one of their regular contributors.  Jen Cafferty, founder of The Gluten Free Cooking Expo, shares a starter list of (more…)

Teri Gruss, MS

Gluten-Free Valentine’s Day Brownie Hearts

February 10th, 2011 by Teri Gruss, MS

Photo 2010 © Teri Lee Gruss

Use this delicious recipe for homemade gluten-free brownies to make special heart-shaped brownies for a Valentine’s Day treat. If you’re short on time, use one of the great gluten-free brownie mixes on the market, like Gluten-Free Pantry® Chocolate Truffle Brownies.

 Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes (more…)

John Libonati

Knoxville Gluten Free Vendor Fair: March 12, 2011

February 10th, 2011 by John Libonati

Knoxville support group for children and adults with celiac disease to host 3rd annual Gluten Free Vendor Fair 

Celi-ACT, a support group for families with one or more members affected by gluten intolerance, is hosting its 3rd annual Gluten Free Vendor Fair on Saturday, March 12, 2011 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m at a new location in the Jacobs Building at Chilhowee Park & Exposition Center in Knoxville.

The event has grown substantially since it was first held in 2009 and is now one of the largest gluten-free events in North America.  More than (more…)

Teri Gruss, MS

Gluten-Free Strawberry Heart Rice Crispie Bar Recipe

February 10th, 2011 by Teri Gruss, MS

Heart-shaped gluten-free strawberry rice crispie bars make a lovable Valentine’s Day treat!

I used freeze-dried unsweetened strawberries (purchased at Costco) but if you can’t locate this ingredient, substitute with your favorite dried fruit. Dried cherries or cranberries would look equally great in this Valentine’s Day-inspired recipe.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes (more…)

Jen Cafferty

Gluten Free Valentine’s Day Candy List

February 10th, 2011 by Jen Cafferty

Here is a starter list of the gluten free Valentine’s Day candy you and your loved ones can share this year: (As always, check all ingredient labels.)

Necco Valentine Conversation Hearts
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
 M&Ms (plain and peanut)
 Hershey’s Milk Chocolate (NOT crisp or cookie flavored)
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