Monthly Archives: September 2013

Triumph Dining Book Review | Nosh on This, Gluten-Free Baking from a Jewish-American Kitchen

Nosh-on-This.Cover600How fun is this? And right as the Jewish High Holy Days are upon us. This book, by bloggers Lisa Stander-Horel and Tim Horel, is getting rave reviews in the blogosphere and we’re on board with it, too.

Lisa has modified more than a hundred recipes from her childhood, ones that she and her gluten-free family missed most. In this cookbook you will find adaptations of Mom’s Marble Chiffon Cake, Black & White Cookies, O’Figginz Bars, and classic holiday treats including Macaroons, Hamantashen, and Big Fat Baked Sufganiyah Jelly Donuts. Lisa’s mother must be proud.

This book also includes:
• A Baked Savories chapter, with new classics like Corn Bread Challah Stuffing
• A chapter that shows you how to get the most out of a cake mix
• Color photographs and valuable tips

Here’s a recipe from the book, one that we’re trying out with our family. Click to continue reading »

Djokavic Writes About Gluten Free Diet

djokovic-gluten-freeWe’ve known for a while that tennis player, Novak Djokovic, follows a gluten-free diet. He became the world’s Number One player three years ago after going gluten-free and now he has a new book in which he shares his diet and training secrets.

His new book, “Serve to Win: The 14-Day Gluten-Free Plan for Physical and Mental Excellence”, talks about the success he achieved whilst following a gluten-free and low-sugar diet. Whilst his nutritional secrets include quite the variety of things from drinking plenty of warn water throughout the day to eating Manuka honey from New Zealand, the biggest change for him was removing gluten from his diet. Click to continue reading »

Is Celiac Even More Common Than We First Thought?

New research suggests that celiac disease could be even more common than previously thought. It is currently believed that celiac disease affects around 1 in 100 people but a new Australian study suggests that the number affected could be more like one in 60 Australian women and one in 80 men.

Researchers led by Walter and Eliza Hall and scientists from Barwon Health and Deakin University developed a new kind of diagnosis test to screen for celiac disease. This screening process includes the usual antibody test but also adds a genetic test which looks for two key genetic markets, which are carried by 99.6% of people with celiac disease.

Results of the first study to assess the prevalence of celiac disease in Australians showed that 56% of the population carry one of the two known genetic markers associated with the autoimmune disorder. We must remember however that whilst a huge percentage of the population may have a genetic predisposition to the disease, not everyone will go on to develop it.

More than 2700 people took part in this decade-long study. Initial testing showed that whilst 37% of the people were genetically predisposed to celiac disease, just one person has been diagnosed. On repeat testing a decade later, six more people had been diagnosed; still a very small number compared with the number of people who probably have the disease.

“About one in 40 who carry the genetic markers will go on to develop coeliac disease,” said  gastroenterologist Dr Tye-Din. “There is a lot of coeliac disease out there but a large amount isn’t being picked up by doctors in the community.”

Very interesting research and I look forward to further studies on the prevalence of celiac disease in other countries, including the US. Could the future see a world where one in 60 women and one in 80 men have celiac disease…