Gluten-Free Gut? There’s a Pill for That! Well…Almost.

By Bridget

One of the first things any gluten-intolerant learns along with their diagnosis is that the disease is “curable” in that by avoiding gluten completely your symptoms will subside and you can lead a normal lifestyle. Or as normal you can by avoiding everything from bread to soy sauce to evasively labeled products with “natural flavoring.” When I think about it, this is kind of a lame cure, in my opinion. It’s like a passive aggressive treatment for a disease that will still impact your everyday way of life. People suffering from lactose intolerance can take a pill, so why can’t we?

Well, scientists have been grappling with that question, working to develop an orally administered compound that could help alleviate the pangs of celiac’s disease. At the 2012 Digestive Diseases Week Conference in California, doctors and scientists gather to discuss the latest research studies, questions, and developments in the specific realm of disorders that plague the human digestive system. One study discussed was a fairly young trial in the attempt to reduce the small intestinal damage suffered by the gluten intolerant. The study used a relatively small sample of 41 adult celiac’s, administering either a placebo or the drug ALV003 developed by Alvine Pharmaceuticals, Inc. for 6 weeks, as well as a controlled amount (2 grams) of gluten.

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Gluten & Allergen Free Expo in Dallas

By Laura (The Gluten-Free Traveller)

We are happy to announce that Triumph Dining will be appearing at The Gluten & Allergen Free Expo, presented by Living Without Magazine, this September in Dallas, Texas.  If you’re planning on going to this event make sure you stop by our booth and say hello to us!

The Gluten & Allergen Free Expo Vendor Fair takes place on Saturday and Sunday, 8th and 9th of September, at The Westin Park Central in Dallas, Texas. The cost to attend the event is $20 for adults and $5 for children. All of the vendors at the expo will be 100% percent gluten free, including us!

The expo welcomes those from the gluten-free community, autism community and allergen-free communities.  This is a community event where everyone on a restricted diet is welcome and will find many items that meet their dietary needs.

By purchasing your tickets online, you won’t need to wait in line at the event. Also, if you want to avoid the large crowds, you can purchase an early-admission ticket.  For a few extra dollars you can beat the crowds and arrive an hour early.

All participants will be given a bag to carry their items from the event and a program book to take notes about their favorite products.

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The Most Delicious Thing I Ate This Weekend: Walnut Oil

I was unexpectedly at TJ Maxx (or Marshall’s, I can’t remember now since they’re right next to each other and I went into both and I not-so-secretly think they are the same exact thing), and I popped over to the food aisle even though I didn’t need anything.

A quick aside: there are a surprising amount of gluten-free treats in the food aisle! Some brands I’d heard of and some I hadn’t, and it was a really pleasant surprise.

The thing that caught my eye, though, was a pretty canister of roasted walnut oil. It looked like this:

So pretty! How could I resist?

I got home, smelled it, daydreamed about the things it might taste good on, and got distracted and forgot to taste it. Silly me.

When I remembered, I went to the fridge and poured a spoonful for myself. Tentative sip. Tasty. Carefully I called on my inner pageant contestant (who knew she was even in there?) and managed to summon up enough balance to simultaneously hold half a tablespoon of oil without spilling and rummage through my fridge until I found something to pour the oil onto.

What I found was some leftover fruit salad: plum, nectarine, blueberry, strawberry, a weensy splash of mango juice. Topped with half a spoonful of walnut oil.

Only the thought of eating it again for breakfast kept me from immediately demolishing the entire bowl.
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New Federal Policy on Gluten Labeling for Beer

Thanks to Tricia at the Gluten Free Watchdog for explaining this new piece of legislation for us. According to her blog post, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has produced a policy regarding the labeling for gluten of products under its jurisdiction.

The new policy clarifies which types of product can include gluten-free claims on their packaging. There are a few types of alcoholic beverages that it does not cover — notably, these are beers made without malted barley, and wines and ciders that contain less than 7% alcohol by volume, all of which fall under FDA purview. It also does not cover items made and sold within the same state, which is a bit of a tricky loophole.

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Food Bank Caters to Celiacs

By Laura (The Gluten-Free Traveller)

Being diagnosed with celiac disease and keeping to a strict gluten-free diet is hard enough. Now imagine you lose your job, are struggling for money and need to use a food bank. How likely is it that there will be something safe for you to eat there?

New Glasgow, a small town in Pictou County, Nova Scotia now has gluten-free food available at the Pictou County Food Bank for people with celiac disease. When I first read about this, the story stood out to me as I’m from “old” Glasgow in Scotland. 😀

The Pictou County Celiac Support Group have donated $500 to their local food bank so that anyone who has celiac disease and who visits the food bank will be able to get the safe, gluten-free products they need.

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