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Clif Organic Nectar Bar, Lemon, Vanilla & Cashew 1.6 oz. – Product Review


One of a family of snacks. 100% organic chewy fruit and nut natural energy bar with creamy lemon, crunchy cashews, and anti-oxident goji berries. Deliciously satisfying. No added sugar. Not genetically engineered.

Allergy Alert: contains nuts. May contain trace amounts of dairy, peanuts, and soy.

Ingredients: Organic dates, organic roasted cashews, organic goji berries, organic lemon juice concentrate, organic vanilla.

Product does not contain:

Gluten, Wheat, Soy, Eggs, Dairy, Corn,

Nutrition Facts:
Serving Size 1 bar (45g)
Serving per container 1
Amount per Serving: Calories 160
Total Fat 6g, Saturated Fat 1g, Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 5mg, Potassium 310mg, Total Carbohydrates 27g, Dietary Fiber 6g, Insoluble fiber 5g, Sugars 17g, Protein 4g, vitamin A 2%, vitamin C 0%, calcium 2%, iron 8% , selenium 4%, vitamin E 2%

Chebe Gluten-Free All-Purpose Mix 7.5 oz. – Product Review

The chewy texture and flavor of this product prove that wheat is not necessary to make good bread. Requires the addition of oil, eggs, and liquid (milk or milk substitute or water). Yeast free and made in a gluten free environment.

Ingredients: Manoic (tapioca) flour, modified manoic starch
(100% manoic), iodine-free salt, cream of tartar, sodium bicarbonate.

Product does not contain:

Gluten, Wheat, Soy, Eggs, Dairy, Nuts, Corn, Peanuts

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 70
Serving per container 10
Amount per Serving: Calories 70
Total Fat 0g, Saturated Fat 0g, Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 0g, Total Carbohydrates 17g, Dietary Fiber 0g, Sugars 0g, Protein 0g, Vitamin A 0%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 0%, Iron 0%

Festive Gluten-Free Almond Fruitcake

Foolproof Christmas option for gluten-intolerant (+ recipe)

Home » Lifestyle » Food & Wine
Wed, 3 Dec 2008
Food & Wine

A festive almond fruitcake with a difference. This festive almond fruitcake is a superb alternative for those who are wheat- or gluten-intolerant or who would simply like to try a different Christmas cake.
The dried fruit and almonds, both chopped and ground, are glued together with a minimum of batter.

It is an easy and foolproof cake to make.

Rich, moist and delicious, it is best served in small slices.

Use a small serrated knife to cut.

The cake will keep for up to three months if wrapped in foil and stored in the refrigerator.

It’s great to have on hand right through the holidays.

For those with a mild glucose intolerance, a half tsp of baking powder is unlikely to be a problem.

When I checked the supermarket shelves to see what baking powders are available, I discovered that Edmonds is now gluten-free.

You can, if you wish, substitute a half tsp cream of tartar and a quarter tsp baking soda for the baking powder in this recipe to make a gluten-free raising agent, or just buy a gluten-free baking powder.

1kg mixed dried fruit
120g whole brown skinned almonds, roughly chopped
70g maize cornflour
1/2 tsp baking powder
70g ground almonds
3 eggs, size 6
1/4 cup honey, warmed
1 tsp natural almond essence
2 Tbsp amaretto liqueur or brandy (optional)

Line the base and sides of a 20cm square cake tin.

Combine dried fruits and chopped nuts in a large bowl and mix thoroughly.

Sift the cornflour and baking powder together and stir in the ground almonds.

Mix well.

Beat eggs and honey in a medium-sized bowl with an electric mixer until thick and creamy.

Beat in almond essence.

Stir the cornflour and almond mixture into the beaten eggs, mixing well.

Pour this into the bowl containing the dried fruit and nuts and stir until thoroughly combined.

Spread into the prepared tin, pushing it well into the corners.

Smooth the top.

Place just below the centre of an oven which has been heated to 150degC.

Cook for 1hr 35min to 1hr 50min.

The cake should be golden brown, feel firm to touch and a skewer inserted in the centre of the cake should come out clean.

Remove from the oven and brush the hot cake with amaretto, brandy or a liqueur of your choice.

Cool completely, wrap in foil and store in the refrigerator.

It is ready for eating within 12 hours of baking.

This is not a cake for icing.

I serve it just as it is, but you could brush the top with an apricot jam glaze and decorate with glace fruits.

– Joan Bishop

Article Source: http://www.odt.co.nz:80/lifestyle/food-wine/34329/foolproof-christmas-option-gluten-intolerant-recipe

Experts Recommend Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Autism Diet

Reporting
Amelia Santaniello MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) ― Like most young boys, Will Johnson is all about dinosaurs, not necessarily dairy. In fact, he’s allergic to milk and eats gluten- and dairy-free.

But the lack of dairy in his diet might actually be helping him grow in new ways. He is on what has become known as the autism diet, which he said does everything.

“He was diagnosed with high-functioning autism about a little over a year ago,” said Will’s mother Janette Johnson. She added he was very hyper and energetic at the time.

Swings and ball pits weren’t enough to get the meltdowns and sensory needs associated with Will’s autism under control.

“Even a few months ago, he wouldn’t be able to be around here at all,” Janette Johnson said.

She decided to start her son on a gluten-free, casein-free diet after hearing from other parents it could work miracles. But, to fully understand the science behind the diet, it’s important to note what gluten and casein actually are.

Gluten is a protein found in foods like wheat, rye, oats and barley. It helps hold things like breads together and makes them soft. Casein is a protein found in dairy products, and one of the things that makes cheese melt.

Some doctors say these two proteins act like the drug opium in children with autism, impairing both the immune system and the brain.

“We’re not 100 percent sure, but what’s happening is that the body may not be completely breaking down those proteins,” said Dr. Paul Nash, a nutritional wellness practitioner.

Nash, who is what’s known as a “DAN” (defeat autism now) doctor, said the partially digested proteins are getting absorbed, which can have effects. DAN doctors believe gluten and casein can change how some kids on the autism spectrum think and act.

“They’ve done studies where they’ve injected lab animals with these compounds and they’ve seen behaviors similar to autism and schizophrenia,” Nash said.

On the contrary, medical doctors have been slow to embrace the idea that the diet could change a child’s behavior.

“I think a lot of it is just the history of what autism used to be thought of, as a behavior disorder and that there was no medical link,” said Dr. Bryan Jepson, a biomedical expert on autism who is considered an expert in the biomedical field and practices at an autism-focused clinic called the Thoughtful House Center for Children in Texas.

Jepson is one doctor who said the diet does work, but that those in his profession are often skeptical. He said with some children, you can see an immediate response, but it will often take about a month or sometimes even a few months.

“I think a lot of the argument from the doctors would say well, it’s expensive, it’s hard, you’re wasting money, it’s a false hope,” he said.

At the same time, Jepson said that, in reality, 60 to 70 percent of his patients who have tried it have in fact had a response.

Janette Johnson is cognizant of the controversy. When reporter Amelia Santaniello asked her what the traditional allergist said, she said he told her she was wasting her time, money, and socially impairing her child further than he was.

But like so many parents with kids on the spectrum, she was willing to try anything to help her son.

“His behavior has changed quite a bit,” she said.

She said some parents say it is drastic, like if a child starts talking, but she thinks for Will it’s more subtle. He now has better eye contact and talks to more people. During their interview, he told Santaniello he likes the food his mother makes for him.

“It’s a lot of work on the parent to make sure that the child is getting what he needs,” Johnson said.

At the same time, shopping, label reading and learning to cook a whole new way are getting easier. Penni Ruben, director of store operations at Lakewinds Natural Foods, said they do what their customers ask for. At Lakewinds, every item in the store is coded with colored dots.

“The green is wheat-free, the red is gluten-free, the yellow is yeast-free and the blue is dairy-free,” Ruben said.

The store also hosts cooking classes for parents who are just starting out, taught by those who have experienced the same thing.

Cooking instructor Angela Litzinger, whose daughter is gluten-intolerant, said she does it because she doesn’t want anybody to start from scratch.

“I think everybody deserves a cookie,” she said.

Litzinger added that sometimes it is hard being a mother, and that having a kid with special needs can sometimes puts an extra layer of pressure on your time.

“I don’t want anybody to start from scratch like I had to,” she said.

Janette Johnson said the classes are a huge help and she is now experimenting with everything from brownies to rolls. She admits the diet is a lot of work and very expensive, upwards of $100 or more per month, but she doesn’t think of it as a diet. She thinks of it as another therapy — a food therapy.

“It’s something that he needs to help his body so he can think and he can be better,” she said.

Source: http://wcco.com:80/health/autism.diet.nutrition.2.779448.html

Gluten Free Heinz Product List

This list of gluten-free products manufactured by Heinz just in from the Knoxville Celiac Listserve.To subscribe or unsubscribe via the World Wide Web, visit
http://celi-act.com/mailman/listinfo/knoxceliacs_celi-act.com
or, via email, send a message with subject or body ‘help’ to
knoxceliacs-request@celi-act.comThank you for your interest in Heinz Products. We certainly understand how
difficult it can be to find foods that meet the requirements of a restricted
diet. 
 
As you requested, the following is a listing of all of our products that do
 NOT have gluten containing ingredients. If the product you asked about is not
 on this list, then it may contain  gluten containing ingredients.
 
HEINZ PRODUCTS:  
Heinz BBQ Sauces  (Original, Chicken & Rib, Garlic, Honey Garlic Only)
> Heinz Chili Sauce
> Heinz Cocktail Sauce
> Heinz Horseradish Sauce
> Heinz Ketchup   
> Heinz Organic Ketchup
> Heinz One-Carb Ketchup
> Heinz No-Sodium Added Ketchup
> Heinz Hot and Spicy Kick’rs
> Heinz Easy Squeeze Ketchup
> Heinz  Mustard   (All Varieties)
> Heinz Pickles  (All Varieties)
> Heinz  Peppers  (All Varieties)
> Heinz Relish  (All Varieties)
> Heinz Sloppy Joe Sauce
> Heinz Traditional Steak Sauce
> Heinz Vegetarian Beans
> Heinz Distilled White Vinegar
> Heinz Red Wine Vinegar
> Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar
> Heinz Apple Cider Flavored Vinegar
> Heinz Red Wine Vinegar
> Heinz Garlic Wine Vinegar
> Jack Daniel’s BBQ Sauces  (Original #7, Honey Smokehouse, Hickory Brown Sugar,
> Spicy BBQ Only) 
> Jack Daniel’s EZ Marinader — Teriyaki Variety
> Jack Daniel’s EZ Marinader — Garlic & Herb Variety
> Jack Daniel’s Steak Sauce (Both Varieties)
> Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce
> Lea & Perrins Traditional Steak Sauce

 
 
 
 
 
TGI Fridays Salsa  (All Varieties)
                  
CLASSICO PRODUCTS:
> Classico Red Sauces  (All Varieties)
> Classico Alfredo Sauces (All Varieties)
> Classico Pesto Sauces  (All Varieties)
> Classico Bruschetta (All Varieties)
>        
> DELIMEX PRODUCTS:
> UPC CODE:       PRODUCT NAME:
> 1769600012        Taquitos, 36 ct. Delimex Chicken
> 1769600018        Tamales, 12 ct. Delimex Beef
> 1769600019        Tamales, 12 ct. Delimex Chicken & Cheese
> 1769600020        Taquitos, 24 ct. Smart & Final Beef
> 1769600024        Tamales, 6 ct. Delimex Beef
> 1769600028        Taquitos, 25 ct. Delimex Beef
> 1769600029        Taquitos, 25 ct. Delimex Chicken
> 1769600048        Taquitos, 36 ct. Delimex Beef
> 1769600095        Taquitos, 12 ct. Delimex Beef
> 1769600096        Taquitos, 12 ct. Delimex Chicken
> 1769600133        Taquitos, 22 ct. Schwan’s Beef w/ Salsa
> 1769600155        Tamales, 15 ct. Costco Beef
> 1769600159        Tamales, 20 ct. Delimex Beef, Costco
> 1769600180        Taquitos, 60 ct. Delimex Beef
> 1769600186        Taquitos, 60 ct. Sam’s Club Beef
> 1769600206        Tamales, 2 ct. Trader Joe’s Beef
> 1769600207        Tamales, 2 ct. Trader Joe’s Chicken & Cheese
> 1769600214        Taquitos, 25 ct. Delimex 3-Cheese
> 1769600222        Tamales, 6 ct. Schwan’s Beef
> 1769600481        Taquitos, 36 ct. Delimex Beef (Mexico Import)
> 1769600500        Taquitos, Delimex Beef / Deli-Pak
> 1769600505        Taquitos, Mini, 40 ct. Beef, Snacker Tray w/ salsa
> 1769600554        Tamales, Cheese Deli Bulk Pack
> 1769600555        Tamales, Chicken Deli Bulk Pack
> 1769600556        Tamales, Beef Deli Bulk Pack
> 1769600565        Tamales, 20 ct.Beef, Sams Club
> 1769600684        Taquitos, 66 ct. Costco Beef
> 1769600685        Taquitos, 66 ct. Costco Chicken
 

> 1769601208        Tamales, 2 ct. Trader Joe’s Cheese & Green Chiles
         
ORE-IDA PRODUCTS:
 UPC CODE:           PRODUCT NAME:
> 13120XXXXX-        ALL VARIETIES of Ore-Ida? Tater Tots?
 >1312000080         Ore-Ida Golden Patties? (9 ct.)
> 1312000198         Ore-Ida? Snackin’ Fries ? (10.5 oz.)
> 1312000258         Ore-Ida? Golden Fries? (32 oz.)
> 1312000278         Ore-Ida? Golden Fries?  (5 lb.)
> 1312000286         Ore-Ida? Golden Crinkles? (32 oz.)
> 1312000291         Ore-Ida? Golden Crinkles? (5 lb.)
> 1312000296         Ore-Ida? Pixie Crinkles (26 oz.)
> 1312000377         Ore-Ida? Cottage Fries (32 oz.)
> 1312000392         Ore-Ida? Southern Style Hash Browns (32 oz.)
> 1312001417         Ore-Ida Extra Crispy Fast Food Fries (26 oz.)
> 1312000469         Ore-Ida? Potatoes O’Brien (28 oz.)
> 1312000647         Ore-Ida? French Fries (8 lb.)
> 1312000654         Ore-Ida? Country Style Hashbrowns (6 lb.)
> 1312000801         Ore-Ida? Shoestrings? (5 lb)
> 1312000809         Ore-Ida? Crunch Time Classics Straight Cut (24 oz.)
> 1312000810         Ore-Ida? Crunch Time Classics Crinkle Cut (24 oz.)
> 1312000828         Ore-Ida? Shoestrings? (28 oz.)
> 1312000829         Ore-Ida? Shoestrings? (40 oz.)
> 1312000833         Ore-Ida? Country Style Hashbrowns (30 oz.)
> 1312000845         Ore-Ida? Deep Fries Crinkle Cuts (24 oz.)
> 1312000854         Ore-Ida? Hash Browns (5 lb.)
> 1312000862         Ore-Ida? Country Style Hashbrowns (6 lb.)
> 1312001012         Ore-Ida? Potato Wedges with Skins (24 oz.)
> 1312001190         Ore-Ida? Steak Fries (3.75 lb.)
> 1312008564         Ore-Ida? Golden Crinkles?  (8 lb.)
> 1312008565         Ore-Ida? Golden Fries?  (8 lb.)
> 1312008572         Ore-Ida? Golden Crinkles? (8 lb.)
                 
Again, we appreciate you taking the time to contact us.   If you need further
 information, feel free to call us at this toll-free number (1-800-255-5750).
 Our offices are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM until 6:00 PM, Eastern
 Time.
 
Heinz Consumer Resource Center
 Heinzconsumeraffairs@us.hjheinz.com
 
When contacting us, please refer to the following reference number: 002865985A
 
HEINZ/JNEEL
 
P.S. – For your convenience, here’s a recipe for a barbecue sauce without
 gluten-containing ingredients:
 
Heinz Ketchup Basic Barbecue Sauce
 
1/2 cup Heinz Tomato Ketchup
 1/4 cup water
 2 tablespoons brown sugar
 2 tablespoons Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar
 2 tablespoons Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce
 1 teaspoon chili powder
 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
 1/2 teaspoon salt
 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
 
In saucepan, combine all ingredients.
 Simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes.
 Brush ribs or chicken with sauce during last 10 minutes of grilling or
 broiling.  
 
Makes about 3/4 cup of sauce.
 

Ghirardelli Chocolate Bars & Squares Not Gluten Free

Ghirardelli Chocolate bars and squares are NOT gluten-free.

From GlutenFree Indy, excerpt from a post on a well known chocolate
bar:

Thank you for your email regarding Ghirardelli Chocolate.  The
60%Bittersweet Chocolate Chips are manufactured on a line free of
gluten.   In June 2008, the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company  introduced
new milk chocolate bar which has a barley gluten as an ingredient.  As
a result,the line which produces our chocolate bars and squares will
no longer be safe for consumers with gluten allergens
. Kind regards,
Shawna OrtezSenior Consumer Affairs Coordinator Ghirardelli Chocolate
Company1111 – 139th AvenueSan Leandro, CA  94578

How celiacs and others can get the most from gluten-free supplements.

Ever wonder what “active ingredients” are and why “inert ingredients” (a hiding place for gluten) are added to vitamins, minerals, herbals or other supplements? Thanks to Nature’s Made, you can find out.  Visit http://www.naturemade.com/ProductDatabase/prd_label.asp?tab=Products to access their quick and easy primer on reading label information.   Fast track learn to safely and accurately obtain the % daily you need and other important information like what I.U., mg, and mcg measurements mean.  While you’re there, click on “A consumers guide to smart vitamin use.”

New safety standards set for baby formula and nuts – gluten free

This article describes safety standards for internationally shipped baby food and includes benchmarks for producing gluten-free foods set by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO).

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1 of 1Full SizeBy Laura MacInnis

GENEVA (Reuters) – Diplomats in Geneva have agreed new limits for bacteria in baby formula and natural toxins in nuts, setting safety standards to apply for internationally shipped food, the World Health Organisation said on Tuesday.

At a meeting of the Codex Alimentarius Commission, a joint body of the WHO and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), officials also set benchmarks for producing gluten-free foods.

Peter Ben Embarek, a scientist in the WHO’s food safety division, said the adoption of the “landmark” code of hygienic practices for powdered formula could reduce contamination from two bacteria that can cause severe illness and death in babies.

People with wheat allergies would also be protected by the standards for gluten-free food that countries pledged to work into their national legislation, and to meet in food exports under World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules.

“They have to use these standards as the baseline standards to be able to trade at the international level,” Embarek told a news briefing on the second day of the week-long Codex meeting.

The new benchmark dictates that food labeled gluten-free may not contain wheat, rye, barley or oats, and its gluten level may not exceed 20 milligrams per kilogram. Gluten intolerance can cause symptoms ranging from abdominal pain to osteoporosis.

The 124 countries participating in this week’s Codex meeting also agreed maximum levels for aflatoxins — natural toxins that are known carcinogens in laboratory animals — in almonds, hazelnuts and pistachios.

FOOD CODE

The Codex Alimentarius, or food code, is a global reference for consumers, food producers, food processors, national food control agencies and international food traders.

Its standards — meant to avert contamination, spoiling and ill-health — are the benchmarks against which the WTO reviews countries’ adherence to international trade agreements on food safety and sanitation.

Other topics to be considered this week include flavorings, frozen foods, natural mineral water, tomatoes, bitter cassava, and bivalve mollusks such as mussels, oysters and clams.

The Commission, whose full membership includes 176 countries plus the European Union, is also due to discuss the food safety impacts of veterinary drugs, animal feeds, and pesticides.

Groups including the International Chewing Gum Association, the International Peanut Forum, the International Association of Fish Inspectors, the International Baby Food Action Network, the World Sugar Research Organisation and the World Self-Medication Industry have observer status at the meeting, which ends Friday.

(Additional reporting by Stephanie Nebehay)

http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSL0166682420080701?pageNumber=2&virtualBrandChannel=10216&sp=true

Bell and Evans Gluten Free Items – Chicken

Below is a list of gluten-free items from Bell & Evans.  You can also find hundreds of recipes that can be converted to gluten-free at their website:

http://www.bellandevans.com/index.cfm?act=recipes

Thank you for contacting Bell & Evans.  In addition to our line of breaded, gluten free items, the following are also gluten free:
All fresh chicken

Fully cooked wings  – Honey BBQ and Buffalo Style

Fully cooked grilled breasts – Honey BBQ, Buffalo Style and Plain

Chicken Burgers
As we reprint packaging we are adding gluten free to all these packages.
If I can be of any other assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Susan Ranck

Quality Assurance Manager

Bell & Evans Poultry

(717)865-6626

www.bellandevans.com

Recognizing Celiac Disease – Your book is by far the best one we have found

Below is a recent message we received from someone who bought “Recognizing Celiac Disease.”

Thank you. My husband and I both have Celiac Disease and your book is by far the best one we have found in print on Celiac Disease. We love the format with the concise, current overview in the beginning and the detailed charts that make up most of the book. We refer to it on a regular basis as we research questions for ourselves, friends, family and others.

We shared your book with the head of the pathology dept. at our local hospital, our Celiac Disease support group members at our last meeting (and encouraged them all to purchase their own copies) and even with our dentist.

I wish there were a way to get your book to all of our local doctors since none of them are informed about Celiac Disease and few people are diagnosed in our area. My doctor had never dx’d a case of Celiac Disease before mine (I was on my deathbed 6 years ago), and our pediatrician has never dx’d a case!

I have proposed that our support group purchase books for all of our local gastroenterologists, providing you are not planning to publish an updated version in the near future.

If there is any way you recommend that our support group, or we personally, can promote your book please let us know.

Thank you again!

Suzanne Ludlam
Fairfax, VT

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