Are Ancient Strains of Wheat Safe?

Generally, experts believe you should avoid ancient strains of wheat if you have celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity – research has shown that the gluten protein found in these wheat strains still elicits an immune system response, even though it’s not quite the same as modern wheat gluten.

Nonetheless, some of the more adventurous in the gluten-free community have tried ancient wheat anyway and…

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Gluten-Free Brownies in Starbucks? Sure …

Did you know you could get a gluten-free brownie in Starbucks? There’s only one catch, though … you need to be in a Starbucks in the United Kingdom.

I’m just back from a much-anticipated (and much-enjoyed) trip to England, and every Starbucks…

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Patients With Celiac Disease Have a Lower Rates of Non–Insulin-Dependent Diabetes Mellitus and Metabolic Syndrome

Celiac.com 05/27/2013 – A team of researchers recently investigated whether celiac disease influences risk for non–insulin-dependentdiabetes mellitus (NIDDM) and metabolic syndrome. To do so, they examined the prevalence of NIDDM and metabolic syndrome among adults with celiac disease, compared with healthy matched control subjects.

Photo: CC--bodytelThe research team included Toufic A. Kabbani, Ciaran P. Kelly, Rebecca A. Betensky, Joshua Hansen, Kumar Pallav, Javier A. Villafuerte–Gálvez, Rohini Vanga, Rupa Mukherjee, Aileen Novero, Melinda Dennis, and Daniel A. Leffler.

They are variously affiliated with the Celiac Center, Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts.

For their study, the team assessed medical records of 840 patients with biopsy-proven celiac disease for diagnoses…

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Can Celiac Disease be Diagnosed without Intestinal Biopsy?

Celiac.com 05/28/2013 – Is an intestinal biopsy always necessary to diagnose celiac disease, or can diagnosis be made without biopsy? To answer that question, a team of researchers recently set out to compare celiac disease–specific antibody tests to determine if they could replace jejunal biopsy in patients with a high pretest probability of celiac disease.

Image: Public Domain--WikicommonsThe research team included Annemarie Bürgin-Wolff, Buser Mauro, and Hadziselimovic Faruk. They are variously affiliated with the Institute for Celiac Disease in Liestal, Switzerland, and Statistik Dr. M. Buser, Riehen, Switzerland.

Their retrospective study included…

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Do Autoantibodies Play a Pathogenic Role in Celiac-associated Thrombophilia?

Celiac.com 06/03/2013 – Thrombophilias are defined as a group of inherited or acquired disorders that increase a person’s risk of developing thrombosis (abnormal “blood clotting”) in the veins or arteries.

Photo: CC--OberazziPeople with celiac disease may present with thromboembolic features that have multiple contributing factors, such as hyperhomocysteinemia, B12 and\or folate deficiency, methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase mutations, and protein C and S deficiency due to vitamin K deficiency.

However, there has been..

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Gluten Free Banana Bread Recipe

Now here is confession time, this recipe was a delicious mistake.  I was perfecting my paleo pancake recipe that will be coming soon and I thought, why not Banana bread.  Every recipe I have seen for Paleo Banana Bread has been loaded with nut flours and only 1 banana or so and ripe bananas at that.

Newsflash, it is banana bread so I wanted to make it about bananas.  And there was no better way then to throw 4 of them in here.

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The Gluten Free Challenge

Sometimes I get so frustrated living the gluten free life.

Tonight, the Artist and I walked a block and a half down the street to Liks Ice Cream here in Denver. Now, we’ve avoided Liks for years because 1) The teenage staff has always been surly and 2) they never seem to be able to accomodate gluten free, unlike Bonnie Brae Ice Cream that has a list of gluten free flavors (see my previous post on both establishments here.)Surprisingly tonight, the young woman who waited on us was quite nice. I asked if she had a list or knew what flavors were gluten free. She said she didn’t think any, but she would check with the owner. Then, a customer standing in line said, “You can’t have gluten? That sucks!“. To which I looked at him and said, “Actually, no it doesn’t suck, it’s not like I am dealing with cancer” to which he pretty much shut up.

The server came back and said the owner said “to avoid any ice cream with bread in it.” Well, thanks, that helps a ton. So I’ll avoid the peanut butter and jelly sandwich ice cream but it’s ok to have cookie dough? The owner could barely look up from making his waffle cones. Needless to say, I didn’t get anything there (except more frustrated).

So here’s my challenge to all of you restaurant owners, manufacturers, marketers of gluten free products…

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Effects of Gluten Intolerance Can be Minimized with Proper Nutrition

“While the only treatment for celiac disease is a gluten-free diet, the good news is, once the diet is started, the road to recover begins, and people with celiac disease can lead long, healthy lives,” registered dietitian and nutritionist Rachel Begun said in an academy news release.