Study Finds Infant Vaccinations Not to Blame for Celiac Disease

People often comment that it seems like there’s more celiac disease out there today than there was 10 or 20 or 50 years ago — that it isn’t just better awareness, but that it seems like there are actually more cases to be diagnosed. And, regardless of whether I agree, disagree, or demur, inevitably, their next comment is more of a question: why do you think that is?

To be perfectly frank, I have no idea. But thanks to a new study out of Sweden, we know at least one thing is not to blame: vaccines.

The Swedish study was prompted in large part by a celiac “epidemic” between 1984 and 1996; according to Reuters, there was a four-fold increase in the normal rate of celiac disease in younger children during this time. No one is sure why the epidemic started, or why it ended, but some people theorized that vaccines could play a role. After all, they do involve the immune system — just like celiac disease does.
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Gluten-Free Pasta Made With Bananas

By Laura (The Gluten Free Traveller)

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Could pasta made from green bananas be the next big thing for celiacs and others folks who need to keep to a strict gluten-free diet? There are a bunch of Brazilian researchers out there who hope that it may just be.

Food researchers from a University in Brazil have created a pasta which is made with a flour milled from green bananas.  Seriously? Pasta made from fruit you may be thinking to yourself. I thought it sounded pretty crazy too, but was intrigued to find out more.

In taste tests between whole wheat pasta and the green banana pasta a group of 75 tasters was used, 25 with celiac disease and 50 without. Both the celiac and non-celiac groups chose the banana pasta over the whole wheat in terms of both taste and texture.

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Building Bacteria for Better Health

By Bridget

Even before it was confirmed that I had a gluten intolerance, my doctor urged me to incorporate a regimen of probiotics into my daily diet regimen in order to rebuild my digestive system. It was clear that something was wrong, and by introducing the building bacteria pills into my diet I would help my body get back on a healthful living track. The probiotics basically promote digestive health, particularly after damages have been done.

Anyone suffering from Celiac’s disease or a gluten intolerance is unable to properly digest glutenin and gliadin, the two proteins that make up gluten. The gliadin, which gives wheat doughs their smooth, gliding consistency, is only partially digested in the small intestine, resulting in inflammation and damage to the tissue as it tries to work through our systems. This results in significant disruption to the resident bacteria that help our bodies maintain regularity, creating structural changes to the cells that make up our small intestinal tissues. The damage can actually destroy the villi, or tiny protrusions, lining the small intestine that are responsible for the absorption of nutrients from food into our bodies.

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Triumph Dining Tries Asian Box’s Tasty Gluten-Free Fare

By our newest blogger Laura (

Last week some of the Triumph Dining crew headed out for lunch. As I’m Celiac and even the tinniest amount of gluten could make me horribly sick for days, the hunt was on for somewhere that not only does gluten-free options but where cross contamination wouldn’t be a risk. Some restaurants with shared kitchens do a much better job than others of working to keep Celiacs safe, but you can’t beat a 100% gluten-free facility!

After some research we decided on Asian Box, a relaxed restaurant whose mission is to make delicious food which stays true to the ingredients and style of authentic Asian street food. As an avid gluten-free traveller my favorite way to soak in the culture of a new place is to sample the street food so I was very excited to try this place!

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British Airways Attendent Wins Gluten-Free Lawsuit

Who does't love airplane food?

I’m not quite sure what to make of today’s post, to be honest, but I thought the story was worth sharing.

According to Britain’s Daily Mail, a flight attendent for British Airways, one Mr. Frank Duckworth, has recently won a lawsuit he brought against his employer. The flight attendent had been employed by the airline for more than 20 years, and in the fall of 2010 he ate a mushroom risotto while working a flight from London to Las Vegas. The risotto aggravated his celiac disease and his diabetes, the lawsuit claimed, and Mr. Duckworth had to spend several days in the hospital before being well enough to fly back to Britain.

Once in Britain, he saw a doctor appointed by British Airways, and was declared unfit to fly (but able to work on the ground). The past 18 months have been a back and forth of overturned rulings, during which Mr. Duckworth only recently been granted the right to resume flying. Hence, the lawsuit, in which he was awarded £8500 (appx $13,200) ‘in respect of injury to feelings’ and in lost wages. Continue reading “British Airways Attendent Wins Gluten-Free Lawsuit”