McDonald’s Spain Gluten-Free Burger Taste Test

Note: Due to an overwhelming response to our blog post on McDonald’s and its gluten-free buns debut in Spain, we asked our Madrid correspondent Maricarmen Escamilla to do a taste test for us. Spanish speakers can find their celiac blog here.

McDonald’s in Spain has some history offering gluten-free products. In January 2011 it announced there would be gluten-free “Deluxe Fries”. Then in May 2011 it announced that gluten-free buns would be available with its hamburgers in all their restaurants. This announcement caused a huge BRAVO! amongst gluten-free Spanish diners.

Triumph Dining Foreign Correspondent Mari at McDonald's in Madrid

We were honored that Triumph Dining reached out to us and thrilled that they offered us the opportunity to do this taste test for their loyal readers.
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Michelle Wie Adopts Gluten-Free Diet for Golf

When Novak Djokovic attributed much of his crazy-awesome tennis success to his new, gluten-free diet, he may have started quite the trend.

Not only did Djokovic bring increased attention to the benefits of the gluten-free diet, but he also focused that attention on athletic performance. Now, golf star Michelle Wie has announced her own gluten-free diet. Will it bring her the same runaway success?
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Product Review: Gluten-free Sandwich Petals

Things I like include: free food, good food, food that teaches me something.

Unsurprisingly, I am writing today to tell you that Sandwich Petals are amongst the foods I like.

Sandwich Petals are, at the base of it, a gluten-free sandwich wrap made by Raquelita’s Tortillas, a Denver-based outfit. However, they’re also admirably easy to store and admirably high in good ingredients / low in bad ones: each 100-calorie petal has 3 grams of fiber, 2 grams of protein, 2-3 grams of sugar, 1 gram of fat and no cholesterol.

The petals come in three flavors: Spinach Garlic Pesto, Chimayo Red Chile and Agave Grain. The company sent me plenty of each flavor to try out.
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Are Gluten-Free People at Higher Risk of Arsenic Issues?

To me, arsenic has always been something little old Victorian ladies used to get rid of pesky tenants in their otherwise-reputable boarding houses.

Of course, it’s more than just this: arsenic is a naturally-occurring substance and a citizen of the periodic table. It’s had various other uses throughout the centuries, as a wood-preservative, a common ingredient in copper or lead alloys, insecticide, military-grade chemical weapon, etc.
Arsenic is a known carcinogen in the same class as asbestos and formaldehyde, and in high enough levels it’s quite toxic.  Why care? Well, if your gluten-free diet includes a lot of rice-based items, you might be inadvertently overexposing yourself to this cancer-causing element.

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