John Libonati

Celiac Disease Alert: Six Ways Gluten Can Kill You

November 4th, 2009 by John Libonati


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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:


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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?

 

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.

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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.

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Whip up something sweet by making a Rice Flour Cake

October 26th, 2009 by Allison Hecht

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The next time you just want something sweet or need to bake something in a flash, try making a Rice Flour Cake (or cupcakes if you feel so inclined). The recipe below is quick and easy, and can be paired with your favorite fruit or other gluten-free topping. What's even better about this cake recipe is that it won't break your budget...or your diet. So grab a spoon and start baking to enjoy a nice fluffy treat that is sure to be a hit among your friends and family.

allison_hecht_riceflourcake*Rice Flour Cake recipe courtesy of Whole Foods.

Ingredients 8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, softened 1/2 cup evaporated cane sugar 2 eggs 2 teaspoons gluten-free vanilla extract 1 1/4 cups white rice flour 1 teaspoon baking powder

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Immune system support for gluten free kids

October 26th, 2009 by Marissa Carter

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With the onset of flu season, we are all looking for ways to boost the immune systems of our gluten free kids and keep them from getting sick. This is especially important for kids who may already have a compromised immune system due to Celiac Disease.

Unfortunately, finding just the right vitamins and immunity boosters can be difficult when you need to have something that is gluten free. Gluten is a popular additive in a lot of medications and could be hidden under several names. Add to that the problems of multiple allergies and you may feel a bit stuck with no real options.

MARISSA_CARTER_Gummy_BearsNever fear! You can give L'il Critters to your little critters and be worry free! These gummy chews are gluten free and also free of: wheat, milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts and soy.

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Unilever Issues Allergy Alert on Wheat in a Limited Number of Tubs of Breyers® Ice Cream Fri, 23 Oct 2009 13:11:00 -0500

breyers_icecreamUnilever United States, Inc., of Englewood Cliffs, NJ, in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is voluntarily recalling a limited number of tubs of Breyers® ice cream because it was mispackaged and may contain undeclared wheat. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to wheat run the risk of allergic reaction if they consume this product.

On a limited number of tubs, the lid describes the product as “Breyers® All Natural Cookies & Cream” ice cream, and the tub portion of the package describes the product as “Breyers® All Natural Mint Chocolate Chip” ice cream. The product inside of the tub is “All Natural Cookies & Cream.” The ingredient statement on the tub does not declare wheat, which is an ingredient of the Cookies & Cream product.

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Gluten-free dining at P.F. Chang’s

October 22nd, 2009 by John Libonati

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P.F Chang's China Bistro has a wonderful gluten-free menu, complete with appetizers and dessert! There are 2 P.F. Chang's locations in the Columbus, OH area - Tuttle Crossing & Easton.

PFChangs_lettuce_wrapFor starters there are the tasty Chicken Lettuce Wraps. The dish is served with iceburg lettuce leaves for wrapping up the stir-fried chicken mixture.

There are many appetizing options for the entrees. Philip's Better Lemon Chicken, Chang's Lemon Scallops, Ginger Chicken with Broccoli, Moo Goo Gai Pan, Singapore Street Noodles and many more. Rice comes with the entrees - brown, steamed white or fried. The gluten-free fried rice is a newer addition to the menu. Pictured below is the Singapore Street Noodles.