Celiac Disease Events in Cleveland: Nov. 15 & Dec. 6

November 11th, 2009 by John Libonati


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Here are two fun upcoming events in Cleveland Ohio…sent in by Cindy Koller-Kass, President of the Celiac Sprue Association Chapter #50.

Greater Cleveland Celiac Association CSA Chapter #50 Meeting this Sunday, November 15, 2009 -

Parma Community Hospital at 2 PM in the Nelson Auditorium 7007 Powers Blvd (off Ridge Rd ) Parma. If you need specific directions–Please go to http://tinyurl.com/2e9emh

Bring your questions.

Topic: How to deal with family gatherings this Holiday Season

Come hungry! We will have a pre-Thanksgiving potluck and a Pie Baking Contest Pre-Thanksgiving Potluck …


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Gluten Free Slow Cooker Lasagna Recipe

November 11th, 2009 by Amy Fothergill

Not only is this meal easy, it’s delicious and gluten free. Surprise your family one night by having them walk in the house to the smell of lasagna, coming from the slow cooker!

lasagna_slowcookerThis dish can be ready in less than 3 hours. If you will be gone most of the day, make sure to set the slow cooker to Low.

Gluten Free Slow Cooker Lasagna

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Why do gluten-free food prices fluctuate so much?

November 11th, 2009 by Tiffany Janes

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If you read my pages on Examiner.com regularly, you might have noticed that I do not include prices on many products that I review. While I’d be happy to list prices for everything if my audience was limited to Atlanta, over 95% of my readers don’t even live in Georgia. About 2% don’t live in the U.S.

There is another reason I don’t like listing prices on my reviews though, besides the fact that most people reading them don’t live anywhere near Atlanta. Prices on gluten-free products fluctuate greatly depending on where they are sold. Atlanta has the largest gluten-free community in the Southeast. The panhandle of Florida might have the smallest. It is common for patients down there to come to Atlanta to see Dr. Cynthia Rudert because many doctors down there don’t know much about celiac disease.

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Coconut water is becoming a fast-growing favorite beverage. Local grocery stores see it flying off the shelves. Have you tried it yet? It has a fresh, light taste and is a good source of electrolytes. Once just a Brazilian drink, it is now becoming a wide spread favorite right here in the U.S. Brazilians call it “agua de coco” and they consider it a nutritious, yummy staple.

Coconut water is the clear liquid inside a young, green coconut. One serving is higher in potassium than a banana and it is much healthier than sports drinks yet still high in electrolytes. Coconut water is gluten-free, fat free and has no added sugar. It started out being sold only in specialty and natural food stores but since it has been such a success, it is now sold in grocery stores around the United States.

Is this another trendy marketing boom, like bottled water was?

John Libonati

Celiac Disease Alert: Six Ways Gluten Can Kill You

November 4th, 2009 by John Libonati

“I only cheat once in awhile. You know, like twice a week…”

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If you have celiac disease, you damage your body EVERY TIME you ingest gluten. That may sound bad, but it gets worse.

You can DIE from celiac disease in a variety of ways. None of them are fun. Some take longer than others. Some may not kill you per say, but rather they may stop you from enjoying life, make you suffer from chronic pain or limit your potential.

Celiac disease is a deadly serious condition caused by eating what is essentially a poison to susceptible people – gluten proteins in wheat, barley, rye and oats.

Here are just 6 examples how celiac disease from gluten ingestion can kill you:

John Libonati

Product Recall: Armour Chili with Beans

November 4th, 2009 by John Libonati

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Pay attention to this recall – Armour Chili with Beans is labeled “gluten-free” but actually contains wheat.

WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 (UPI) — The U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service announced the recall of more than 91,000 pounds of Armour-brand canned chili with beans due to a labeling error.

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5guysburgersFive Guys has earned quite a following up the East Coast since 1986, when the first one opened in Virgina. Most Celiacs (or anyone keeping away from gluten) wouldn’t think of eating at Five Guys Burgers and Fries, having been burned by fries cooked in non-dedicated oil and having to pick pieces of bun off their burgers. Five Guys is more than happy to make a hamburger or cheeseburger with no bun, and since they’re made on the spot, when you order, you can have it any way you want it. Five Guys’ toppings, which are all FREE, include mayo, ketchup, mustard, lettuce, tomatoes, lettuce, pickles, grilled onions, pickles, onions, relish, grilled mushrooms, jalapeno peppers, green peppers, hot sauce, A1 sauce and barbeque sauce. And because they’re not frying onion rings or anything else breaded, the French fries are free of gluten and full of flavor. In fact, at my last visit to the Five Guys in Devon, Bob, who took my order, made sure to tell the people who were making the food to keep my burger FAR AWAY from the buns. Thanks, Bob!

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rice_puddingRead on to find a list of calcium rich foods your doctor forgot to tell you about…

Gluten free living for those with autoimmunity can be a challenge, but what if you’re also lactose intolerant, allergic to dairy, or intolerant to caseins? How many times have you been confronted with the question or personal concern of nutrition and adequate calcium intake? This is an especially legitimate concern for children, adolescents, pregnant and lactating women, postmenopausal women, and men and women at risk for osteoporosis and other bone diseases.

Are dairy products or supplements the only answer?

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I had the pleasure to sit down with the Nature’s Path Foods’ VP of Marketing & Product Innovation, Arjan Stephens.

Nature’s Path is a family run organic-based company founded in 1985 by Arran and Ratana Stephens in British Columbia, Canada. Since then, the Stephens family has expanded as well as the Nature Path’s family of foods.

natures_path_ownersIn 1989, Nature’s Path introduced their first gluten-free cereal, gluten-free corn flakes, when gluten-free was a virtually unknown term to most people. They developed the EnviroKidz brand in 2000, which is completely gluten-free and focuses on children’s cereals, cookies, waffles and cereal bars. Since then, business has been booming, and gluten-free households around the world have been singing their praises.

John Libonati

Mainstream gluten free foods in the store

October 26th, 2009 by John Libonati

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Where can you shop for gluten-free foods if you don’t have a Whole Foods Market or specialty health food store near you? Try your good old grocery store.

First, it is important to remember that most basic foods are gluten-free. There is no reason you can’t make a delicious and nutritious meal from fruits, vegetables and meats. You should actually be eating this way every day to ensure you are eating healthy food options. You can even purchase rice, potatotes, corn and items to make a marinade, and you will almost always have a great gluten-free meal.