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Are You Eating A Low Fiber Gluten-Free Diet?

glutenfreerooseveltlodgebeans[1]Did you know that eating a low fiber diet puts you at an increased risk for type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease — including heart attack and stroke, obesity and even colon cancer? Obviously getting enough fiber in our diets is extremely important for our long term health.

Gluten-free diets don’t have to be low fiber diets but if you’re eating a lot of packaged gluten-free foods, especially snack foods made with refined gluten-free ingredients like white rice flour and corn starch, you may not be getting close to the daily recommendations for fiber.

So what kind of fiber is best and how much fiber do we really need to eat every day to support good health?

Types of Dietary Fiber and Health Benefits

Three kinds of dietary fiber have been identified — soluble fiber, insoluble fiber and one you may not have heard about before called resistant starch. Each type of fiber has unique chemical properties and Read More »

Chocolate Sorbet Recipe: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free

 

I get given boxes of chocolates by my mother-in-law occasionally, but they always have wheat in.  Added to that the amount of dairy in chocolates is enough to cause me trouble.  I used to squeeze all the chocolates in a mixed box to find the ones that were firm (fortunately husband loves soft-centred chocolates) but mostly now I have just given up buying chocolates.

We have had about three hot days this summer, and thoughts turn to ice-cream.  I keep coming across people posting about chocolate sorbet.  This seemed a great way of having two types of treats at once.

This sorbet is very intense, and one small scoop is enough for me.  It would be great with raspberries or other Read More »

Corn-syrup and Cane-sugar-Free Caramel Popcorn Recipe

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What’s the problem with how traditional caramel corn is made? The primary ingredients are usually corn syrup and refined white sugar (not at all beneficial to our health or mood).  Also, you often have to fight to keep the caramel corn on the baking sheets as you stir it during baking.  All these problems have been solved with this new recipe.  Natural sweeteners replace the corn syrup and white sugar and the mixture is baked in a casserole dish.  Easy and yummy! I’m also always amazed by how large a batch is made with such a small amount of ingredients.

Pop ½ cup of popcorn (produces 2-3 quarts of popcorn)

3 Tbsp. coconut oil/butter
1/3 cup honey and/or maple syrup Read More »

10 Quick Gluten-Free Baking Tips

Cashew Apricot Quick Bread from GFDF Cooking Made Easy

Here are ten quick baking tips that will help make your next loaf of gluten-free bread, pie or cake a success! 

  1. Maintain a gluten-free pantry to avoid cross-contamination if you have gluten-containing products in your kitchen.
  2. Avoid flopping in cakes when using egg whites. In making cakes that use egg whites for structure, be careful when whipping whites. If over-whipped, they will deflate as the cake cools. Read More »

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How to Report Mislabeled Gluten Free Foods – USA

Did you know you can, and should, report a reaction or injury from a packaged food that was inappropriately labeled gluten-free?

Who Determines What Is Gluten-Free?

The organization in the United States that sets the criteria for what gluten-free means in the United States is the Food and Drug Administration.

According to the FDA website, “The Food and Drug Administration is responsible for protecting the public health by ensuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, and medical devices; and by ensuring the safety of our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation.”

The FDA defines gluten as any grain or ingredient containing wheat, barley, rye or any crossbreed of these grains.

What Can be Labeled Gluten-Free?

The FDA allows manufacturers to label a product gluten-free if it does not contain any of the following:

  • An ingredient that is any type of wheat, barley rye or any crossbreed of these grains.
  • An ingredient that has been derived from these grains that has not been processed to remove gluten.
  • An ingredient that has been processed from these grains that still contains greater than 20 parts per million (PPM) of gluten.

Foods that are inherently gluten-free can be labeled as such as long as they did not come in contact with foods containing greater than 20PPM of gluten. These foods would include water, fruits, eggs and other whole foods that naturally don’t contain gluten.

We here at Glutenfreeworks.com encourage you to strive for a 100% gluten-free diet where 0PPM is the goal. We also recommend avoiding oats, at least until healing has been determined by your doctor.

What If A Product Says It Is Gluten-Free But It Isn’t?

Any food labeled gluten-free, free of gluten, without gluten, no gluten but fails to meet the FDA’s requirements for use of these terms in considered misbranded and subject to regulatory action by the FDA.

What About Restaurants?

Restaurants gluten-free items on their menus should be consistent with the FDA’s definition.

Reporting Adverse Reactions and Labeling Concerns

If you think you suffered a reaction to gluten, contact your doctor.

Then do the following per the FDA website.

“If a product has unclear labeling or you believe is mislabeled as gluten-free, the FDA would like to know. Keep any food packages because they may contain important information. You may want to contact the manufacturer about the problem. Also, report the problem to the FDA in either of these ways: 

Consumers and manufacturers can submit reports detailing product reactions or labeling concerns to an FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator for the state where the food was purchased. You can also call FDA at 1-888-SAFEFOOD. 

Consumers can submit a report using FDA’s MedWatch Online reporting form for consumers. Reports submitted to the FDA should include as much information as possible.

For more information, see Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods.

What To Do The Next Time You Get Glutened

You are at a restaurant with friends.

You order the hamburger with a gluten-free bun, making sure to emphasize that the bun must be gluten-free.

The waiter reassures you that they handle these types of requests all the time.

The bussers bring out the food.

Your burger looks delicious.

The cole slaw that you ordered instead of the fries, because the fryer is not dedicated to gluten-free foods, looks scrumptious.

You bring the burger up to your mouth.

Just as you chomp down, you notice out of the corner of your eye that your friend’s non-gluten-free burger has the exact same bun as your burger.

As you complete your bite you see your waiter running toward you waving frantically……

The bun is a regular gluten bun!

Aaaaigh!!!!!

What do you do?

This exact scenario happened to me. (My waiter didn’t come running but he did apologize profusely.)

I’m going to give you two options depending on whether you swallowed or not.  

And no. Saying “oh well” and enjoying the yummy burger with the gluten bun is not one of the options.

OPTION 1: IF YOU DID NOT SWALLOW

Do not swallow!

Spit the bite into your napkin. If they didn’t provide napkins, spit it on the plate, floor or wherever, so long as you get it out of your mouth. This is not the time to worry about etiquette. Get that gluten out!

Immediately walk to the restroom. Bring your water glass.

In the bathroom, rinse your mouth several times, swishing the water between your teeth. Do this until your mouth is completely clean.

Gargle with the water to make sure no particles are on the back of your tongue. Spit it out.

Do the following step as soon as possible.

Get Alka Seltzer Gold. Drop two tablets into a glass of water and drink it, rinsing out your mouth with the concoction before you swallow. (Buy a box today and keep a pack with you.)

If you cannot get access to Alka Selzter Gold…

Put ½ tsp of baking soda in 6 oz of water.

Rinse your mouth, swishing between your teeth.

Swallow the rest of the glass of baking soda water.

Alka Selzter Gold contains baking soda. Baking soda is alkaline. It inhibits protein digestion. It also dampens immune reaction.

If you have a true allergy to gluten, immediately take a Benadryl and call your doctor depending on the severity of the allergy.  

OPTION 2: IF YOU SWALLOWED. (GASP!)

Spit whatever you have in your mouth into your napkin.

Immediately walk to the restroom. Bring your water glass.

This part sucks, but if you can do it, you’ll avoid pain and suffering.

Make yourself throw up.

I know it sounds extreme, but it is way better than the alternative.

I’ve been in two situations, one where I barfed it out, one where I didn’t.

(Yakking into the bushes at a family picnic wasn’t any fun, but it was way better than feeling absolutely awful for over a week while on vacation.)  

In the bathroom, rinse your mouth several times, swishing the water between your teeth. Do this until your mouth is completely clean.

Gargle with the water to make sure no particles are on the back of your tongue. Spit it out.

Do the following step as soon as possible.

Get Alka Seltzer Gold. Drop two tablets into a glass of water and drink it, rinsing out your mouth with the concoction before you swallow. (Buy a box today and keep a pack with you.)

If you cannot get access to Alka Selzter Gold…

Put ½ tsp of baking soda in 6 oz of water.

Rinse your mouth, swishing between your teeth.

Swallow the rest of the glass of baking soda water.

Repeat the Alka Seltzer Gold or baking soda remedies three times a day for the next 3 to 5 days depending on symptoms.

I found if I stop on the second day, my symptoms rear up again.

OTHER REMEDIES

  • Take a gluten-digesting enzyme. These enzymes help to completely break down the protein structure. It is the partially digested gluten that triggers an immune reaction.
  • Take a multivitamin/multimineral. You will most likely suffer some degree of malabsorption over the next week or two, so you want to replenish.
  • Activated charcoal is another remedy that may help when taken as soon as you ingest the gluten. Activated charcoal is taken as a pill. It binds to whatever you have eaten and carries it out of the body.
  • HYDRATE. Drink. Drink. Drink. Staying hydrate is critical, especially if you are suffering from gastrointestinal symptoms, like diarrhea. Hydration is important for every system in your body, especially if the gluten has triggered an immune reaction.
  • Be careful when exercising. I find I am most likely to suffer an injury immediately after being cross contaminated.

I hope this helps you avoid pain and suffering if you ever find yourself in this situation. (Hopefully, you won’t!)

What do you do when you get glutened? Leave a comment below!

Then, check out our Gluten Free Works Treatment Guide. It has everything you need to understand and fix your ongoing symptoms, identify deficiencies and be the healthiest you.

Remedy Round Up: Liver Cleansing, Acid Reflux, Gas, Social Anxiety and Probiotics

We have an assortment of remedies for you today covering a variety of ailments!

  • How to Cleanse Your Liver
  • Acid Reflux Remedies that Work and Drugs to Stay Away From
  • Excessive Gas and How to Get Rid of It
  • Tips for Dealing with Social Anxiety
  • Using Probiotics to Improve Health

Natural Liver Support Cleansing Products

The liver is involved in thousands of biochemical mechanisms making it second only to the brain in importance and complexity. Natural health practitioners are also acutely aware of the detrimental effects on the liver of modern living, with its chemicals, excessive fat intake, pesticides, hormones, and stress. This suggests that we as a culture are in need of liver support. You should consider liver support supplementation if you:

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Swiss Researchers Find Zinc Prevents and Cures Acid Reflux Better Than Drugs

Researchers in Switzerland have made the welcome discovery that the essential nutrient zinc effectively inhibits gastric acid secretion in humans.

The researchers were investigating whether zinc could lead to a rapid and sustained increase of stomach pH (more alkaline) in both animals and humans and provide a rapid acid suppression therapy. They demonstrated that zinc offers a new

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Problems with Acid Reducers and Acid Reflux Fixes that Work

Acid reflux affects millions of people every day.

Heartburn is the major symptom of acid in the esophagus, characterized by burning discomfort behind the breastbone (sternum). Findings in gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD)  include esophagitis (reflux esophagitis) — inflammatory changes in the esophageal lining (mucosa) —, strictures, difficulty swallowing (dysphagia), and chronic chest pain. Patients may have only one of those symptoms. Typical GERD symptoms include 

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Celiac Disease & Excessive Gas in the Digestive Tract: What it is and How to Get Rid of It

It’s a fact. Everyone produces gas. Ordinarily, most people produce about 1 to 3 pints of gas in a day. Gas is normally painless, creating a feeling of fullness until it is passed.

But sometimes pain is experienced, and when it does it can be either dull or sharp, leaving us feeling bloated or tender in places. It can be localized in one spot, or felt throughout the abdomen.

About 50% of people with celiac disease complain of chronic discomfort from gas at the time of 

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Tips for Overcoming Social Anxiety

1. Validate your emotional experience. Don’t tell youself that you shouldn’t feel the way you do or that how you feel is stupid.  Talking negatively to yourself will only increase your anxiety because negative self talk is not effective in changing emotions.  Say to yourself, “It’s okay that I’m nervous.  It makes sense.  Despite that, I can do this!” Approaching, not avoiding is what 

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Probiotics and Prebiotics can Improve Health of Celiacs

Celiac disease is a complex inherited digestive disorder that affects I in 100 persons worldwide. This condition involves a unique immune response within the digestive tract to gluten, a protein found in the grains of wheat, barley, rye and oats.  All persons with celiac disease, regardless of age, race or gender, are susceptible to intestinal damage when they eat food containing gluten or its derivatives. The treatment for 

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5 Yummy Gluten-Free Pancake Recipes

Who loves pancakes? A better questions is Who the heck doesn’t! (A: Weirdos)

Here are five yummy pancake recipes for your weekend! Enjoy!

Gluten-Free Cappuccino Pancakes

For you java lovers – gluten-free cappuccino pancakes are almost caramel-like in flavor and color, a delicious alternative to plain Jane pancakes. Read more…


Lavender Blueberry Pancakes. Gluten-free and Vegan.

All right, I have a pretty big confession to make.

I steal lavender.

By that I mean, when I head out on my daily walks, my hand might ever-so-slightly slip onto a neighbor’s lavender plant and give a little tug. If some buds end up in my hand then I just figure it was fate and move along to the next yard. Read more…


Gluten-Free Coconut Flour Pancakes

These pancakes are made from all-natural, simple ingredients. Grain-free and high in protein, they make the perfect breakfast for any day of the week! Read more…


Gluten-free Buckwheat Buttermilk Blueberry Pancakes Recipe

Buckwheat is commonly used as a staple in the cuisines of Japan (soba noodles), Korea, Northern Italy, Eastern Europe (kasha), and Western France (savory crepes)*.

This recipe is a great alternative to regular buttermilk pancakes and gives it a healthy spin  Read more…


Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pancake Recipe Your Family Will Love!

Even if you don’t roast them yourself, pumpkin-themed recipes are as ubitquous to the bay area as clam chowder is to New England. To figuratively put the frosting on the cake, if you are eating gluten-free, don’t worry, this recipe is easy and delicious. Get out the cinnamon and the cloves…it’s time to make pancakes! Read more…

Let’s Urge Our US Representatives to Cosponsor the Gluten in Medicine Disclosure Act

Gluten does not have to be listed on medication labels presently in the United States.

Since gluten is sometimes used as a binder or filler in medications, this makes it difficult to know which medications are safe or unsafe.

The Gluten in Medicine Disclosure Act would change United States law by requiring drug manufacturers to label medications intended for human use with the list of ingredients, their source, and whether gluten is present. 

Here is what you can do to help.

The Celiac Disease Foundation has created a form on their website that makes contacting your representatives easy. Click here to access the form and contact your representatives.

I just submitted my letter to my representative through the Celiac Disease Foundation website. It only takes a few minutes and will help so many when this passes. Thank you!

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