Canadian Government Funds Gluten-Free Safety Study

According to Food Navigator, the Canadian government has given the Canadian Celiac Association nearly a quarter of a million dollars (Canadian, at essentially 1:1 with USD) to help increase the safety of gluten-free foods in Canada.

The Canadian Celiac Association estimates the number of Canadians with celiac disease to be approximately three million (out of a population of appx 34 million). The funds will go to develop controls that will increase food safety and consumer confidence in Canadian gluten-free items. According to the release, the CCA will work with ExcelGrains Canada, part of the Canada Grains Council, as well as the Packaging Association of Canada and the Canadian Health Food Association. Continue reading “Canadian Government Funds Gluten-Free Safety Study”

Examining the Effects of Celiac Disease: Parents vs. Their Kids

By Zach

In an age where diseases and illness run as rampant as kids on a playground, parents do their fair share of worrying about and protecting their kids against all the harmful things out there in an effort to maintain a good quality of life for them. It is common for most childhood diseases to impact mental, physical and social development, but identifying the degree of suffering to which a disease effects a child is very important for both child and parent.

Just recently published an article about a case study that tested celiac kids’ perception of their own health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in comparison to their parents perception of their kids’ HRQoL. The results are pretty insightful so here are some of the highlights:

The experiment involved 160 kids – 55 of which were boys and 106 of which were girls – and took place during a span of four weeks. The kids were separated into 3 age groups (8-11, 12-15 and 16-18) and answered a questionnaire about their mental, physical and social well being over the four-week period.

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How Your Mouth Can Detect Gluten

By Bridget

 Sensitivity to gluten is almost always equated to the gastrointestinal issues it causes. While more and more research is indicating mood and other cognitive problems associated with the protein, tummy troubles seem to be one of the only physical ailments. But if your gluten intolerance is anything like mine, you know that dental problems are also associated with undiagnosed issues with gluten.

Dentists can now be added to the list of doctors recognizing gluten sensitivity, as dental enamel defects are among the symptoms of gluten intolerance. Although not all problems with dental enamel signal Celiac’s disease, it is fairly common (especially among children). According to the National Institutes of Health, dental enamel defects could even be the only presenting symptom of the disease.

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Meatless, Vegan, Gluten-free and Tastes Like Chicken? We’re Not Egging You On!

By Zach

A recent culinary invention called Beyond Meat™ has just been introduced into the alternative meat market and is now available at Northern Californian Whole Food stores. If you’re interested in joining the 12% of American households that eat alternative meats (or are just intrigues by the topic) than you should check this out. It’s undetermined as to when this product will be more readily accessible, but until then let’s get down to brass tacks.

What is Beyond Meat?

Beyond Meat is a meatless chicken substitute simply comprised of soy and pea proteins, gluten-free flours and fiber. Beyond Meat does not have saturated or trans fats, cholesterol, gluten, dairy or GMOs (genetically modified organisms). Taken straight from Beyond Meat’s F.A.Q. page they describe their product as: “The first-ever plant protein that looks, feels, tastes, and acts like meat.”

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Untreated Celiac Disease Impacts Intestinal Bacteria

To borrow the title of an old post on Wired’s website, Gut Bacteria Affect Almost Everything You Do (for more, also check out this graphic of your personal biome). Accordingly a new study out of the Universidad de León deserves some notice.

The study, to be published in Biochimie, examined the fecal bacteria of 32 people: 10 with untreated celiac disease and 11 each with treated celiac disease (read: on a gluten-free diet) and with no celiac disease. According to the abstract, the intention was to, “evaluate the differences in the intestinal microbiota between adults with CD and healthy individuals.” Continue reading “Untreated Celiac Disease Impacts Intestinal Bacteria”