Paleo Diet: A Yabba-Dabba-Gluten-Free Time?

1979 Flintstones Fish Card GameHi all. So, I wrote today’s post last week, and between now and then I got dumped. Do me a favor and switch it all over to the past tense, k? The info’s still good, but boys are yabba-dabba-dumb.

I’ve been spending a lot of time with a caveman lately.

OK that’s not true. But I have been spending a lot of time with someone who loosely follows the paleo diet, and I’m pretty sure if brontosaurus burgers were an option, he’d be cooking them.

And you know what? I’d eat them. Brontosaurus is probably tasty. And he’s a good cook.

I didn’t really know anything about the paleo diet before, but I think it’s an interesting one to consider. And, since it’s gluten-free by default, the paleo community can be a great additional source of recipe ideas for anyone who’s gluten-free.
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Canada Issues Gluten Alert for US-based Baby Cereal

According to the Edmonton Sun, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is warning parents about Healthy Times Brown Rice Cereal for Baby.

The claim states that the cereal contains gluten, although no gluten-containing ingredients are listed on the label. The claim is based on one allergic reaction, so I don’t know whether or not it’s valid.

Just in case, here are the additional details:

The cereal is made in the US, and presumably it can be purchased here as well. It is for sale in Canada, minimally in Ontario but maybe elsewhere too. If there is affected cereal, it has the UPC code 0 48685 02188 0 and a best-before date of Jan. 15, 2013.

The only listed ingredient is brown rice flour, but the company also makes cereals with barley and oats. Perhaps a case of cross-contamination? Perhaps an unrelated allergic reaction to something other than gluten?

I certainly have no idea, but I thought you might want to know. If I see any additional posts on-topic, I’ll post them.



Celiac Disease and Cataracts May Be Linked, Study Suggests

Eyeball PyramidSome weeks we focus on food, and those are happy weeks. Some weeks all the news seems to be about studies, and those usually make me feel a little bit like a fear-monger.

So you’ll excuse me for not feeling great about posting two studies in a row, but this seems like it’s info worth sharing. I’ll try to talk about something delicious on Friday.

Today, though, let’s talk about vision. Specifically about cataracts. Did you know that celiac disease can put us at increased risk for cataracts? Me neither, but the numbers seem to suggest that this is the case.
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Was Your Biopsy Thorough Enough to Diagose Celiac? New Study Says, “Probably Not.”

We think you need a magnifying glass to see the droids
No celiac? Look harder.

An interesting article from this month’s Gastrointestinal Endoscopy today.

If you have already been diagnosed with celiac disease, this article might not be relevant for you. If you had a biopsy come back as negative or inconclusive, but are still convinced you’re celiac…then this might shed some light on the mysterious depth of your intestines.

If you’re still eating gluten and contemplating a biopsy, then I highly recommend you take 2 minutes and read to the end here. Because it turns out that the overwhelming majority of biopsies don’t take enough samples.

Without enough samples, the rate of diagnosis isn’t particularly good. I know, right? Shocking.
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California Pizza Kitchen: Gluten-Free Update

Back in May we heard some rumors about a gluten-free pizza crust debuting at California Pizza Kitchen.

We were pretty excited then, but we’re even more excited now that we received a little love note from CPK. Sorry for not posting before the holiday, but I got all caught up in fireworks and berries and festive things like that.

“Hi,” the email begins. “The wait is over! Today California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) has launched gluten free pizza crust, making 29 of their original pizzas available gluten free. ”

disclaimer, I doubt this one is the gluten-free crust

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