'Gluten-Free' Labeling Rules Head to White House

By Megan R. Wilson – The Hill New rules dictating what foods can be labeled “gluten free” have arrived at the White House for final review, according to federal records. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been working on the labeling requirements for gluten-free foods since 2005. The regulation has been named “economically significant,” Read more…

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NFCA Leads Ft. Lauderdale Mom on $500 Gluten-Free Shopping Spree

Ambler, Pa. (February 19, 2013) – The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) will make history today by hosting the first-ever gluten-free shopping spree at Walmart. Anna Littlejohn, a mom of three living in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is the lucky beneficiary, walking away with more than $500 in gluten-free products and kitchen tools. “Words cannot Read more…

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Sex and the Celiac: Dating Tips for the Gluten-Free

When you have celiac disease or another gluten-related disorder, dating can be fairly tricky. With so much focus on restaurant outings, movie theater snacks and the post-date kiss, people with a gluten-related disorder have a lot more to think about than just finding the perfect outfit. With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, the National Foundation Read more…

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Dunkin' Donuts Piloting Gluten-Free Baked Goods

The coffee giant is test-marketing individually wrapped gluten-free baked goods in Florida and Boston locations. On December 17th, the Facebook support community Gluten-Free South Florida announced that Dunkin’ Donuts was in the midst of a pilot test for gluten-free baked goods, including donuts they described as “dangerously delicious.”  With an ever-watching eye on gluten-free options, Michael Read more…

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Gluten-Free Labeling Petition Surpasses Goal of 25,000 Signatures

Celiac disease and gluten-free advocates are celebrating this morning as the gluten-free labeling petition has reached its goal of 25,000 signatures. Posted on WhiteHouse.gov, the petition called for urgency in passing a long-awaited standard definition of “gluten-free,” and now qualifies for an official response. The petition’s creator, Jennifer Iscol, President of the Celiac Community Foundation of Read more…

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Ask the Dietitian: Celiac & High Folate Levels

Question: Annual blood work follow-up for vitamin levels indicate that I have very high folate levels although every other test is in the low range. What foods should I eliminate from my diet to reduce high folate levels? From, Penny Answer: Dear Penny, Thanks very much for your question.  Before I answer, I’ll give a Read more…

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Ask the Dietitian: Modified Food Starch & Maltodextrin

Question: Do you need to avoid modified food starch and maltodextrin to be gluten-free? The books and cookbooks I have read seem to say yes, unless it specifies it was made from corn. However, I am seeing more and more products with those ingredients labeling themselves gluten-free. Case in point, Quaker Cheese Rice Cakes contain Read more…

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Diabetes & Celiac Disease

Question: I need help for my granddaughter who has celiac disease and type 1 diabetes.   It seems that I have been working so hard on the diabetic eating that the gluten-free side seems impossible and expensive.  Any suggestions? From, Susan Answer: Dear Susan, Thanks so much for your question. I can imagine it’s very Read more…

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Yeast and the Gluten Free Diet

Question: Is yeast considered gluten-free? From, Rusty Answer: Dear Rusty, This is a great question. If you are referring to baker’s yeast used in most bread products to help them rise, then yes, this type of yeast is gluten-free. The same goes for nutritional yeast, which is often used as a flavor enhancer or as Read more…

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