Diagnosing the Littlest Celiacs Requires Specific Blood Tests

As anyone who has been diagnosed with celiac disease (or anyone whose loved ones have been diagnosed) knows, the process from symptoms to diagnosis can be laborious. Once you find a doctor to connect the dots, though, you still need to get the right blood tests (and sometimes an endoscopy) to confirm that gluten is the culprit.

Specific blood tests are better for diagnosing babies with celiac disease. Jury's still out on the puppies though.

New research out of Europe indicates that the age of the patient plays a significant role in determining which tests to use: children under two years old, they found, require different tests than older children and adults.
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School Lunch Ideas For Celiacs

By Laura (The Gluten-Free Traveller)


The start of the school year is just around the corner! Looking for celiac friendly school lunch ideas but can’t think of anything that are both gluten-free and delicious? Triumph Dining are here to help! Here are a few ideas for lunches that are both tasty and easy to prepare.

 

  • Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches made on gluten-free bread
  • Banana and peanut butter sandwiches
  • Baked potatoes with cheese, beans or veggies
  • Rice with veggies
  • Fruit salad with yogurt and honey
  • Gluten-free cold deli meats with cheese
  • Gluten-free tortillas with cheese and ham
  • Quinoa with veggies
  • Gluten-free rice tortillas with peanut butter and jelly
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Home made tacos
  • Gluten-free pasta with veggies and tomato sauce
  • Mac and cheese – various companies do gluten-free Mac and Cheese or you can make your own with Gluten-free pasta
  • Rice or corn cakes with meat, cheese or veggie toppings
  • Gluten-free soup – either home made or store bought
  • Lettuce wrap – your favorite fillings without the bread
  • Gluten-free sushi with gluten-free soy sauce
  • Gluten-free hotdogs
  • Dried fruit and nuts
  • Gluten-free pasta with pesto
  • Gluten-free beans and rice
  • Gluten-free granola with yoghurt
  • Gluten-free crackers
  • Veggies with gluten-free dip
  • Gluten-free sausages with black beans
  • Gluten-free bars
  • Fruit smoothie

To find out where you can buy safe, gluten-free ingredients with which to make these tasty school lunches check out our Essential Gluten-Free Grocery Guide. With 44,000 products and 3,300 brand name products, covering regional and national brands as well as products made in small, dedicated facilities, you will definitely be able to find something safe that even the fussiest of kids will love!

What do you make for gluten-free school lunch? What are your kids favorite gluten-free foods?

Sorghum: The Latest in Gluten-Free Grains

By Bridget 

Gluten-free product development is a constantly evolving science. Anyone with a gluten allergy can attest to the fact that not all gluten-free products are equivalent to their gluten-filled counterparts. Gluten-free baked goods are often wrought with issues from being too crumbly to having a funky aftertaste that’s so unappealing it’s not even worth eating.

As part of the effort to develop better and better gluten-free products, scientists at Kansas State University are conducting research specifically on the under utilized sorghum grain.

Sorghum is a grain that is used worldwide as a human food source, but has been used in the United States as livestock feed. The grain can be easily ground into a fine flour that, when combined with eggs and gums, can form gluten-free baked products. The grain also has slightly more protein and fat than corn, meaning the structure of products developed with sorghum is very different than those from corn, which is part of the reason scientists are looking into the advancement of sorghum research as a gluten-free flour alternative.

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Mini Pops – Like Popcorn, but with Sorghum!

By Laura (The Gluten-Free Traveller)

Mini Pops was kind enough to let Triumph sample some of their gluten-free products recently. I’ve always been a huge fan of popcorn so I was pretty excited to try popped sorghum!

You probably don’t hear about sorghum as much as you might, considering that it is the fifth most harvested cereal grain in the world. Sorghum is one of the grains in my hot breakfast cereal, but before Mini Pops, I don’t think I’d ever eaten it on it’s own or tried a product where sorghum is the main event. There are various different types of sorghum but the type used for Mini Pops is specifically grown in the USA to be of a high quality and free from any nasty pesticides or genetic modification. Sounds good to me!

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Getting Connected to Gluten-Free with LinkedIn

There are lots of ways to connect to other people on the Internet. We know this. There’s Facebook (big hello to those of you who like us) and Twitter (and/or follow us!), and a whole host of other sites that either promise to be freestanding social networks, or additions to the other networks we’re already on.

These networks are great for connecting with your friends and the companies and organizations you like. But there’s another “social media” network that I’ve been finding, lately, is also really good for gluten-free info – and I’m wondering how many of you agree with me.

The network in question is LinkedIn, which self-reportedly has about 175 million people in countries all across the world.
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