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Are the Trendies Giving Gluten-Free a Bad Name?

gluten free college cafeteriaWe all know how “gluten-free” is a buzz word now. It seems it is easier than ever to find “gluten-free” labeled packaging at the local grocery store chain. Restaurants are labeling more food “gf” to try and attract more customers. But is this helping us? Or is it making more people just roll their eyes?

I get so excited when I see places near me offering “gluten-free” donuts, or “gluten-free” fries, or “gluten-free” pizza, and when anything on their menu is specifically labeled gluten-free. It gets me giddy with excitement, even if I wouldn’t normally eat a donut, or fries. I like to know if I want them, I can have them. But then when it comes down to it, and I am at the restaurant and I ask if their menu items are really gluten-free, and fried in a dedicated fryer, I get a response that is more and more common lately: Read More »

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 »

Are You Ready for a Disaster? Follow These Steps

gluten free emergencyFearsome tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanoes, radiation contamination, tornados, thunderstorms, mudslides and floods are in the news.  Still, other kinds of disasters like hurricanes, house fires, wildfires, explosions, extreme heat and biological threats and are real possibilities in the upcoming months. Being ready is being smart.

Underlying any disaster is the need to prepare for injuries, lack of power, unsafe water, contaminated food, loss of clothing and loss of shelter.  www.ready.gov site says, “You may need to survive on your own after an emergency. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone immediately.”

Make an emergency plan now for these three options and review it with the family: Read More »

Are Your Vitamins Making You Sick?

 

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Sometimes gluten can appear in strange places; places you’d never expect. When you’re diagnosed with Celiac Disease, or gluten-intolerance, it’s up to you to make sure your toothpaste, the ketchup bottle in your fridge, and even your vitamins don’t contain anything that can make you sick.

Some of these products may surprise you. For example, most people wouldn’t suspect their vitamins contained gluten when in fact gluten is a common ingredient in Read More »

Arrowhead Mills Helps Simplify Your Gluten-free Holidays

The holidays are the busiest time of year regardless of which holiday you celebrate. The hustle & bustle in the stores is enough to drive even the sanest person running to the closest mental institution.  There just never seems to be enough time to get everything done.  

Now, thanks to Arrowhead Mills, things may get just a little easier.  Enter All Natural Pour n’ Bake Pumpkin Pie Filling. Read More »

Arsenic in Rice and Gluten Free Diets

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Arsenic in Rice and Gluten Free Diets Copyright (c) 2012 Teri Gruss

Do gluten-free diets put people at a higher risk for excessive and dangerous exposure to inorganic arsenic, a known carcinogen? It depends on the food choices you make and how much, and what variety of rice you eat.

In their ongoing analysis of arsenic in our food supply, Consumer Reports researchers analyzed 223 samples of rice and rice based products typically found at grocery stores in the U.S. Consumer Reports is a non-profit, independent consumer safety organization founded in 1936.

The results of Consumer Reports magazine analysis were recently published in the November 2012 issue, Arsenic in Your Food. Virtually all rice products tested contained arsenic, from low levels to potentially toxic levels.

What is arsenic and how can eating it hurt us? Read More »

Atlanta’s Upcoming Gluten-free Vendor Fair Accepting Raffle Donations

So excited to report that the upcoming Gluten Free Vendor Fair and Fundraiser in Norcross on September 25th is officially sold out at 70 vendors.  This is the fourth gluten-free vendor fair sponsored by the Atlanta Metro Celiacs and coordinated by this Examiner. 

Even though there is no more room for vendors to demo their products, the Atlanta Metro Celiacs are happy to accept donations for their raffle.  Raffle tickets are sold for $1 each and are a widely popular purchase at the fair.

Some of this year’s raffle donations include cook books from: The Gluten Free Girl and the Chef (new one and it is signed), Elana Amsterdam (The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook), Dr. Stephen Wangen (Healthier without the Wheat), Jacqueline Mallorca (Gluten-Free Italian), Kelli Bronski and Peter Bronski (Artisanal Gluten-Free Cooking), Annalise G. Roberts and Claudia Pillow, PhD (The Gluten-Free Good Health Cookbook) and Elisabeth Hasselbeck (signed). Read More »

Avoid gluten free dietary blunders

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For people with diagnosed celiac disease or autoimmune related gluten intolerance, eating a gluten free diet is not optional. It’s the only medical treatment currently available and requires 100 percent lifelong adherence.

In addition, other conditions frequently occur alongside celiac disease and gluten intolerance. Maintaining health requires attention to lifestyle behaviors and adequate nutrition that will improve quality of life and prevent complications. The following three tips will ensure success eating gluten free. Read More »

Back on the Bread Wagon with Rudi’s Gluten Free Sandwich Bread

rudis gluten-free breadRecently I was sent a sample of Rudi’s Gluten Free sandwich bread and was blown away. For the most part, I had given up enjoying bread since becoming gluten free. I have enjoyed gluten free bread at restaurants  but as far as making a sandwich at home or enjoying toast for breakfast, it just wasn’t happening at home. There just didn’t seem to be a gluten free bread that I thought was worth buying much less that I truly enjoyed.

I can now say, I’m back on the bread wagon, and loving it. Rudi’s offers original, multigrain and a cinnamon raisin bread, all of which exceeded my expectations. I tried all of them toasted and un-toasted and honestly, have no complaints. To make sure I wasn’t just overly excited by having free bread sent to my house, I made my fiance try them all too. He is not gluten free and Read More »

Bard’s Beer Countdown to Summer Super T-Shirt Giveaway on Facebook

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Bards Beer T-shirt Giveaway

Enter to Win a T-shirt on Bard's Facebook Page!

June 20th is the official start of Summer! And what better way to celebrate than with a cool new t-shirt from one of the hottest gluten-free beer makers?

Bard’s Beer is counting down the days to summer by giving away a Bard’s Beer t-shirt to a random winner every day from June 1 to June 20.

It’s easy to enter. Just visit Bard’s Beer’s Facebook page and click the Giveaway Image or click this direct link to go straight to the giveaway. Read More »

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