Diagnosing Celiac Disease with a Pill?

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A family member recently told me she did NOT have Celiac disease, according to her PillCam results. Interesting!

For one, what the heck is a PillCam?! Second, isn’t the “gold standard” of Celiac diagnosis an intestinal biopsy? I was intrigued and did a little digging.

In this Q&A, we cover all you need to know about the PillCam and Celiac diagnosis, with lots of help from Celiac guru Dr. Alessio Fasano, Professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and head of the University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research.

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Gluten Intolerance Called an “Impending Epidemic” in India

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Robert Burns Woodward did not conduct these studies. We just like this picture.

Since most of our readers live the states or Canada, we don’t often talk about gluten free products or news happening in other countries. When we do, it’s usually Western countries like Sweden or Italy. But the Triumph community is growing faster than ever, and I think it’s high time we started looking at what it’s like to be gluten free all over the world.

With perfect timing, a piece of news out of India just landed in my e-mail, so we’ll start there. A recent editorial in the Indian Journal of Medical Research calls gluten intolerance “an impending epidemic” and questions what, if anything, the country can do to prevent it from becoming a widespread problem.

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St. Patrick’s Day: Green and Gluten-free

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Did you know that the tradition of eating green food on St. Pat’s day can be traced at least back to 1933 and the Chicago Tribune, according to Slashfood?

While it’s true that green beer is just as full of gluten as regular beer-colored beer, most other traditional St. Patrick’s treats are either naturally gluten-free or easily convertible. It’s easy to wear your green and be gluten-free, too – whether you’re Irish every day or only on March 17th.

The Smithsonian Zoo's Mandara enjoys a gluten-free fruit kabob for St. Pat's

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2011 Best of Gluten-Free Winners: Part 2, Restaurants, Beer & More

Best of Gluten-Free Awards

Welcome to part 2 of our Best of Gluten-Free Award Winners announcements. Here we tackle my favorite things: restaurant dining, beer & more!

(In case you missed it, check out Product Award Winners from last week, including winners in categories like: best GF bread, best GF pasta, best GF cookies, and other yummy stuff.)

Thank you again to the 5,800+ people who voted. Your votes counted, and here they are.

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Quick, Easy, and Naturally Gluten-Free Snacks

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pretty much good on everything

“Quick and easy” is one of those phrases like “no strings attached” or “satisfaction guaranteed” – often said, infrequently meant. This is especially true when it comes to food blogs. I’ve run across countless recipes that claim to be “quick and easy,” only to find out that they really mean “quick and easy…if you have a food processor, a high-powered blender, four different kinds of knives, two ovens, and you’ve already done your grocery shopping for the week.” Smoothies are the classic example of this. Delicious? Yes. Quickly made? Yes. But easy? With all that chopping and blending and trying to avoid cutting my fingers while washing out the blender? Not so much. Add “gluten free” and you end up with a tough search for a truly quick and easy snack.


But because you readers are so awesome and involved and often quite funny and informative, I’ve done the tough search for you.

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