Trish Deitemeyer

Give thanks for a gluten free Thanksgiving, Part 2

November 23rd, 2009 by Trish Deitemeyer


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Gluten free side dishes

funyunsWhat’s Thanksgiving without side-dishes? Just plain ol’ turnkey dinner, right? Fortunately, lots of side dishes are naturally gluten free, like mashed potatoes and most sweet potato recipes, and either canned or fresh cranberry sauce. Sadly, it’s our old favorites that are gluten-FULL. Read on for some GF tweaks to these classic recipes.

Green Bean Casserole

Don’t panic! You can still have your Green Bean Casserole, just substitute the cream of mushroom soup for this recipe from The Gluten Free Cooking School, or try Progresso’s Cream of Mushroom soup. Don’t use the usual French fried onions on top (they have gluten), but try Funyuns Onion Flavored Rings by Frito Lay. Yes, Funyuns, that very same snack you probably skip over in the chip aisle is gluten free and makes a great, crunchy topping.


Trish Deitemeyer

Give thanks for a gluten free Thanksgiving, Part 1

November 23rd, 2009 by Trish Deitemeyer

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Thanksgiving is a time of gratitude, togetherness, feasting and gluten. Yes, unfortunately, gluten is abundant on most holiday tables, in stuffings, gravies, pies, rolls and more. But it doesn’t have to be that way. In the next few articles, I’ll offer some good alternatives to your gluten-filled Turkey Day favorites.

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Thanksgiving is inching closer, and soon tables will be covered with turkey and all the fixings.Below are a few great gluten-free side dish recipes from Whole Foods that are sure to complement your Thanksgiving feast.

butternut_with_spinachThe best part about these recipes? They are just seven ingredients or less, so you don't have to worry about bringing a complicated dish to your dinner. So put your chef's hat on and enjoy these tasty side dishes.

Randi Markowitz

Wild rice and chestnut dressing for a gluten-free holiday

November 23rd, 2009 by Randi Markowitz

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This delicious dish has a number of steps, but it is not difficult, and the results are well worth the effort!

6 cups water

1 1/2 cups wild rice

1/2 cup unsalted butter

4 cups finely chopped onion

2 cups finely chopped fennel

1 tablespoon poultry seasoning

1 teaspoon dried thyme

1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds

1 1/2 pounds good quality gluten-free bread, crusts removed and cubed

Anne Steib

Gluten-free pumpkin bread recipe

November 23rd, 2009 by Anne Steib

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This time of year we see the image of pumpkins everywhere, on most doorsteps, and as the main ingredient to many fall and holiday recipes.

Pie or sugar pumpkins are smaller than the common jack-o-lantern carving pumpkin and the best type to use when baking and cooking. With Halloween behind us, these small pumpkins will be more difficult to find, so buy them now so you can enjoy using fresh pumpkin in your holiday dishes. Canned pumpkin will always do the trick and is quite tasty, but nothing beats the flavor of fresh pumpkin!

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oliveoilDue to the malabsorption concerns all too commonly associated with Celiac disease and gluten intolerance, nutrient rich whole foods are a vital to the diet. In the early stages of a gluten free diet, the body is still healing, or there are other underlying autoimmune illnesses, so there may be some foods that initially are not tolerated well. Introduce those foods slowly. Start by including the following three foods, which are loaded with vital nutrients, are naturally gluten free, and can be used in endless recipe variations:

Recall for undeclared wheat – Snacks on Racks, Inc

November 19th, 2009 by Kimberly Bouldin

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There has been a recall for undeclared wheat, among other allergens, in products made by Snacks on Racks, Inc of Parkville, Missouri. The Snack Packs are not sold to convenient stores, gas stations, grocery or mass market retailers. They are distributed through food service establishments at hospitals, colleges, universities and corporate cafeterias and kiosks. The complete list of products included in the recall can be viewed on the FDA's website.

This article focuses on the two main antibody blood tests for celiac disease. It will tell you what each test looks for and what the results mean.

The two blood tests recommended when testing for celiac disease are the AGA-IgA test for gliadin (wheat proteins) as well as the tTG-IgA test for tissue transglutaminase.

Recent research indicates the blood tests most doctors are using, tTG & EMA, are not as reliable as first thought. Young children, elderly, smokers, the very ill and the not very ill can be missed. EMA, or endomysial antibodies has fallen out of favor so they will not be discussed.

Preparation for Testing

Make sure when being tested that you are on a gluten-containing diet, because the antibodies the tests look for would disappear if you are were gluten-free. Once you go gluten-free, future testing is unreliable.

AGA – The Test for Gluten Sensitivity

The AGA-IgA has fallen out of favor for CELIAC DISEASE, but it tests whether an immune reaction against GLUTEN (gliadin) is present in the system – it detects a GLUTEN SENSITIVITY reaction. You can have gluten sensitivity without developing the lesion that is characteristic of celiac disease. That is, you can have gluten sensitivity without celiac disease.

tTG – The Test for Celiac Disease

tTG tests for tissue transglutaminase antibodies, or antibodies against your own tissues. The tTG blood test does NOT tell you if you have celiac disease per se. It tells you the likelihood that villous atrophy will be discovered if an endoscopy with biopsy is performed. The higher the number, the more likely you have enough damage that one of the samples would show villous atrophy.

One thing to consider is that you have over 20 feet of small intestine. Biopsy samples are tiny and only about 5 are taken. How much damage is required before a positive biopsy sample is found?

Also, you can also have the beginning stages of celiac disease and the test results will be "negative" now, but if you were tested at a later date they could rise, making you positive. That is, the levels of antibodies now may not indicate probable intestinal damage enough to be found on endoscopy with biopsy. But they can rise over time – one month, six months, a year.

In one study we reviewed while creating the medical manual, Recognizing Celiac Disease, of the children who tested positive in the study, 40% had tested negative 5 years previously.

No test is 100% accurate. Determining celiac disease is still a judgment call. Even if the tests come back negative, try a strict 100% gluten free diet to see if symptoms improve. If they do, ask your doctor to take multiple vitamin and mineral levels to determine whether deficiencies exist.

Page 30 in Recognizing Celiac Disease lists the vitamins and minerals the NIH recommends checking: vitamins A, D, E, K, B12, folic acid and minerals calcium, iron, phosphorous.

The symptom charts in the book list which deficiencies cause which symptoms so you can determine which nutrient levels to test and give your doctor reasons to test for them. (Doctors will not take nutrient levels unless there is a reason to take them.) Correct the nutrient deficiencies and you will correct the symptoms in many cases.

A diagnosis is just a diagnosis. Good health is the most important thing.

For more information on the tests click here.

For more information on Recognizing Celiac Disease click here.

-------------------- Author Information: John Libonati, Philadelphia, PA President-elect, Celiac Sprue Association (CSA). Publisher, Glutenfreeworks.com. Editor & Publisher, Recognizing Celiac Disease. John can be reached at john.libonati@glutenfreeworks.com.

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If you are making gluten-free pumpkin pies and other sweet treats this Thanksgiving, make sure to check out the Nestle gluten-free product list before baking this year (revised August 2009).

The following items are gluten-free and will be helpful for baking this holiday season, especially when making pumpkin pies.

LIBBY’S® 100% Pure Pumpkin LIBBY’S® Easy Pumpkin Pie Mix NESTLÉ TOLL HOUSE Semi-Sweet Morsels NESTLÉ TOLL HOUSE Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chunks NESTLÉ TOLL HOUSE Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mini Morsels NESTLÉ TOLL HOUSE Milk Chocolate Morsels NESTLÉ TOLL HOUSE Premier White Morsels NESTLÉ TOLL HOUSE Peanut Butter & Milk Chocolate Morsels NESTLÉ TOLL HOUSE Milk Chocolate & Peanut Butter Swirled Morsels NESTLÉ TOLL HOUSE Semi-Sweet Chocolate & Premier White Swirled Morsels NESTLÉ CARNATION® Evaporated Milk NESTLÉ CARNATION® Low Fat Evaporated Milk NESTLÉ CARNATION® Fat Free Evaporated Milk NESTLÉ CARNATION® Sweetened Condensed Milk NESTLÉ CARNATION® Instant Nonfat Dry Milk

PUMPKIN_TARLETTry these 100 calorie pumpkin pie tartlets from the Nestle USA website.

Trish Deitemeyer

Target Offers Gluten Free Groceries

November 16th, 2009 by Trish Deitemeyer

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targetdogIt’s not often you can walk into and store and walk out with batteries, cute socks, mascara and gluten-free donuts, but that’s exactly what I did last week at the Target in Plymouth Meeting (2250 Chemical Road, Plymouth Meeting, PA). Their newly expanded grocery department has a great selection of GF products, some old favorites and some I’d never heard of before.