Monthly Archives: June 2011

Gluten Intolerance as Anorexia Cover? Writer Draws Attention and Ire.

“Wow, if I couldn’t eat bread/drink beer I’d be sooo skinny!”

Have you heard that one before? It’s one of my favorite reactions when someone learns what gluten is – and that there are lots of people who can’t have it.

When I say one of my favorites, what I mean is one of the most irritating – there’s just no easy way to respond to a statement like that.

However, the belief that gluten-free = good for weight loss is as pervasive as it is erroneous. Forbes writer Meghan Casserly recently wrote about teen girls disguising their eating disorders as gluten intolerances, and got quite the reaction from the celiac community.
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Your Help Needed: Mom Campaigns for Gluten-Free Girl Scout Cookie

Today, I’m hoping we can all rally around a cause near and dear to my heart. I’m guessing it’s a fond memory for many of you, as well.

Of what cause am I speaking? Only one of the most formative experiences of a young girl’s life: the selling of Girl Scout cookies.

Say what you will about the merits of Girl Scouts; those cookies are an American icon that most of us encounter on a yearly basis. And if you’ve lived any portion of your life as a gluten-eater, you’ve probably got a favorite (mine were Samoas, which sometimes masquerade under the name Caramel deLites).

Despite the approximately 132,000 Girl Scouts with food allergies (out of a total 3.3 million Scouts nationwide), there’s never been a gluten-free Girl Scout cookie. One dedicated mom is trying to change that. As a community, I think we can help.
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Joseph James Brewing Company Releases First Gluten-Free Canned Beer

courtesy New York Press

Ever notice that there’s no such thing as gluten-free beer in a can?

I, for one, hadn’t – but if you have, maybe it’s been causing you some distress.

Worry no more: Henderson, Nevada’s Joseph James Brewing Company is releasing the nation’s first gluten-free beer in a can.
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