Surf Sweets | Triumph Dining Halloween Week

spooky_spiders_subSurf Sweets, an organic, gluten-free candy maker, has spookified its snacks just in time for Halloween.  With its blueberry, cherry, lime and tangerine-flavored spooky spiders, the company adds a creepy-crawly treat to its myriad of gummies and jelly beans.

Boasting 100% of your daily Vitamin C per serving, all-natural ingredients and a food allergy-free recipe that excludes wheat, dairy, eggs, soy, tree nuts and fish, Surf Sweets seeks to spur healthy lifestyles among its candy-craving fans.  The company praises an active mentality, drawing its inspiration from days spent hanging ten and catching some sunshine on the beach.  Continue reading “Surf Sweets | Triumph Dining Halloween Week”

Halloween Fruit Treats | Triumph Dining Halloween Week

halloween treatsDo you remember bringing treats to school for your birthday when you were a kid? I remember parents baking cookies, cupcakes, cakes and loads of other sweets. That’s not a memory that my kids will take with them as they grow up.

More and more schools are going to a healthy snack policy and saying no to homemade baked goods. Now, at the start of each school year, my kids come home with an approved list of snacks tailored to the allergies and restrictions of the kids in their classrooms. Usually this means that everything has to be store bought so that ingredients are clearly listed and brands can be checked for allergens. The only exception to this pre-approved list of packaged and branded snacks is fruit or veggies. Continue reading “Halloween Fruit Treats | Triumph Dining Halloween Week”

Sweet Works Candy | Triumph Dining Halloween Week

03708-Halloween-Sixlets-9-oz-156x164With Halloween fast approaching, we’re always looking out for great gluten-free candy. SweetWorks are one of our latest discoveries! If you aren’t familiar with SweetWorks, you may be more familiar with their most popular candy, Sixlets!

SweetWorks is a family-owned company that began as Niagara Chocolates in 1956. In the 1990s they acquired Oak Leaf Confections and in 2002 SweetWorks added a few brands to their line, including Sixlets. SweetWorks manufacturing facilities are currently located in Buffalo, NY, and Toronto. Their Toronto facility produces their gluten-free candy. Continue reading “Sweet Works Candy | Triumph Dining Halloween Week”

Trade In Candy | Triumph Dining Halloween Week

tootsie popsIt’s that time of year when the skeletons, zombies, ghosts and sugar fiends come out of hiding. Kids are thinking about costumes and parents are dreading the influx of candy into their children and inevitably, their own diets.

Being gluten-free, sugar-free, vegan or nut-free brings another added level of anxiety to our homes during this holiday. I don’t want to deprive my child of taking part in the holiday but I also know that certain Halloween candy really isn’t safe for our family. All parents should carefully inspect the candy their children bring home for unsealed packages or suspicious contents but parents of children with food restrictions also have to read labels, understand manufacturing processes and constantly look up lists of approved candy for their child. This can get exhausting. Continue reading “Trade In Candy | Triumph Dining Halloween Week”

Swedish Study Finds No Link Between Celiac Disease and Autism

A recent Swedish study finds no link between celiac disease and autism spectrum disorders.

The study’s lead, Dr. Jonas Ludvigsson of Sweden’s Karolinska Institute, says that this is one less thing for people who have celiac disease or autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to worry about.

According to Ludvigsson, people who were diagnosed with an ASD in the study were no more likely to be diagnosed with celiac disease than people without an ASD.

Ludvigsson and his colleagues linked several Swedish databases to compare the celiac disease diagnoses among people with ASDs to a group of people without the developmental disorders. The researchers had data from 250,000 people.

Roughly 44 people per 100,000 were diagnosed with an ASD before they were diagnosed with celiac disease. That compared to about 48 people per 100,000 who were diagnosed with an ASD but not with celiac disease.

The study did find, however, a link between ASDs and a positive blood test for celiac disease, which alone is not enough to diagnose someone with the condition. A celiac disease diagnosis requires both a positive blood test and evidence of damage to the small intestine.

Ludvigsson cautioned that the link between ASDs and a positive celiac blood test is based on a small number of cases. There could be a real relationship between the two or it could be a result of doctors overtesting people with ASDs, he said.

The study also does not shed any light on whether a gluten-free diet improves ASD symptoms. The study is published in JAMA Psychiatry.