Toronto Churches Offering Gluten-Free Communion Wafers

wafer_1419861cIf you are a gluten-free church goer, does your church offer gluten-free communion wafers? Recently we’ve seen a few churches opting to offer celiac friendly options and now it’s Toronto’s turn.

A few Anglican churches in Toronto offer gluten-free wafers during communion. St. Martin in the Fields and The Church of the Redeemeron on Bloor Street were already offering the gluten-free option and now St. Paul’s Bloor Street Anglican Church is following their lead.

Catholic churches in the area have been offering what they call a “reduced-gluten communion wafer” for a few years now. Catholic canon law requires the use of small amounts of wheat flour for all hosts and Eucharistic bread, says the director of communications for the Archdiocese of Toronto. Click to continue reading »

Update on Possible Future Gluten-Killing Drug

Whilst I’m not exactly holding my breath for a cure, news of possible future celiac disease treatments are always pretty exciting.

After positive results from a Phase 11a trial with an experimental drug called Alvine AVL003, a company called Abbvie have secured the rights to the treatment, paying Alvine $70 million in upfront costs. Alvine is getting ready for a Phase 11b trial which will involve 500 patients.

The way the drug works is similar to lactase pills, which many sufferers of lactose intolerance take. An enzyme breaks down a chemical that the body cannot deal with.

In the case of this gluten-killing drug, ALV003 contains two proteases, enzymes that chop up proteins specific to gluten, which have been effective and safe in Phases 1 and 11a clinical trials in comparison to placebo.

“A collaboration between Alvine and AbbVie combines our respective strengths and expertise in the development of what could become the first therapeutic option for this major unmet medical need,” said Abhay Joshi, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer at Alvine. “We are pleased to have an industry leader in gastroenterology as a collaborator, whose considerable global development reach can be focused on getting this novel therapy to more patients.”

This drug was given fast-track status by the Food & Drug Administration in September 2012 and could be on the market in as little as five years.

This brings us back to the important question, would you take a pill which would allow you to eat gluten?

http://www.medicaldaily.com/articles/15521/20130514/future-celiac-disease-treatment-alvine-abbvie-team.htm

 

Post authored by The Gluten-Free Traveller

Wendy Turnbull: Gluten-Free Cookbook Author and Advocate

turnbullwebSadly, about one month ago Gluten-Free baker and author Wendy Turnbull died tragically while crossing the street in Canada. The author of “Gems of Gluten-Free Baking” contributed a huge amount to the gluten-free baking effort, creating special mixes of gluten-free whole-grain flours that yielded delicious baked goods for the celiac community.

Turnball had been initially diagnosed with Celiac disease as a young child after having a critical reaction to wheat as an infant. Though her parents were originally told the disease was one she would outgrow, her symptoms arose again after suffering a medical infection. Blending her own passion for baking with education as a registered nurse, Turnball sought to create gluten-free goodies that were still healthy for celiac eaters. She worked to find the combination of grains that would Click to continue reading »

Gluten-Free Givers

celiac5krunThough I imagine most readers of this blog are adults who are diagnosed with Celiac disease or a gluten intolerance, many of whom probably weren’t diagnosed until after childhood (as I was), there are many parents who also look to this blog for advice for running a gluten-free house for their celiac son or daughter. Any medical diagnosis is certainly life altering, but trying to explain to a young child why they can’t eat certain foods that their friends, siblings, and parents eat on a regular basis can be a heart breaking challenge.

A couple of parents from Westfield, New Jersey took that challenge and have changed it into an opportunity to teach their child what it means to be special, not different.  The Kesslers have 4-year old twins, a daughter, Sydney, with celiac disease, and son, Alex, without. In just one year after being diagnosed with celiac disease, Sydney has been feeling much better, thriving with the gluten-free lifestyle. Click to continue reading »

Disney Pulls Gluten-Free Bullying Episode

jessie-tv-seriesThe Disney Channel have pulled an episode of the show “Jessie” off the air after receiving lots of feedback from an unhappy gluten-free community.

The episode, called “Quitting Cold Koala,” featured a boy named Stuart who must follow a gluten-free diet. Why he is on the diet is not mentioned. A variety of jokes are made at this boy about his need for gluten-free food, including the main character of the show pointing out that Stuart has a list of dietary requirements which is five-pages long.

At one point in the episode, another child is shown throwing pancakes at Stuart whilst he screams “gluten!” and wipes them away from his face. Click to continue reading »

Wegmans’ Pizza Shop Tries Out Celiac-Friendly Crust

Wegmans is a grocery store that has long offered a generous variety of gluten-free options. From their own brownie and cake mixes, to labeled prepared food items, all the way down their Gluten-Free aisle, it is a Celiacs paradise, filled with gluten-free products you never even knew you were missing.

Continuing their crusade towards gluten-free substitutes for all, Wegmans has found their way into the heart of all gluten-free pizza lovers with their new Pizza Shop. The pilot program that has been set in 42 stores across 6 states will bake gluten-free pizza (Pepperoni, Mushroom Florentine, or Margherita) for customers in their Market Café. The pizzas are pre-packaged in a dedicated gluten-free facility, arriving at Wegmans frozen, in order to cut out cross-contamination risk.

Currently the pilot program is taking place in many east coast stores, including Wegmans’ in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The pizzas are available for purchase baked at the Market Café, or can be purchased for home-use in the gluten-free freezer aisle.

What do you think? Would you buy GF pizza at Wegmans?

Sad Day

Here at Triumph Dining we view the gluten-free community as one large, extended family. That being our mindset, we are sad to let you know that our matriarch lost her battle to cancer on Mother’s Day. She was a valiant warrior in the battle that ultimately took her from us far too early; everyone she touched is better for having known her. Her son and granddaughter are intimately involved in every aspect of Triumph Dining and supporting people with Celiac Disease around the world.
The past several months have been hard on the Triumph Dining Family and we don’t expect to get over her loss, just to get used to it.

Wegmans Supports Celiac Awareness Month all May

WLOGOLOCKUPBLKWegmans announced yesterday that in honor of Celiac Awareness Month the nationwide grocery store will celebrate the continuing effort towards new research, treatment, and development of gluten-free food products. Throughout the month of May the popular grocery store will host gluten-free product demos every Saturday, while also distributing information in their Summertime entertaining guide, listing which Wegmans products contain no gluten ingredients in an effort to educate customers (who are both gluten and GF eaters) what foods are safe for the Celiac community. Click to continue reading »

High Prevalence of Celiac Disease in North Indian Population

By Laura (The Gluten-Free Traveller)

The prevalence of celiac disease is not evenly spread throughout the world. It is more prevalent in some populations than others. We know from previous research that North Indian, Pakistan and Bangladesh populations are some of those with higher numbers of celiac disease than average. This region consumes a lot of wheat (gluten) and much of the population carries the genes necessary for developing celiac disease. But exactly how high are these numbers?

There are many adults from North India, Pakistan and Bangladesh in the UK who are affected by celiac disease so an audit was conducted in an area of southern Derbyshire to find out just how common celiac disease is within this population.

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2013 Best of Gluten-Free Winners: Part 2

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Who is ready for Part Two of the Best of Gluten-Free Awards Winners?

 

Best Gluten-Free Multi/All-Purpose Baking Mix:

Bob’s Red Mill All-Purpose Gluten-Free Baking Flour

 

Best Gluten-Free Cereal:

Honey Nut Chex

 

Best Gluten-Free Hot Cereal:

Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Mighty Tasty Hot Cereal

 

Best Gluten-Free Frozen Waffles:

Vans All Natural Frozen Waffles

 

Best Gluten-Free Crackers:

Blue Diamond Nut Thins

 

Best Gluten-Free Pretzels and Snacks:

Glutino Pretzel Twists

 

Best Gluten-Free Granola or Snack Bar:

Kind Bars

 

Best Gluten-Free Soy Sauce:

San-J Tamari Gluten-Free Soy Sauce

 

Best Gluten-Free Breadcrumbs:

Glutino

 

Best Gluten-Free Beer:

Anheuser Busch Redbridge Beer

 

Best Gluten-Free Hard Cider:

Woodchuck Amber Cider

 

Best Gluten-Free Menu:

P F Chang’s

 

Best Gluten-Free Pizza Restaurant:

UNO Chicago Grill

 

Best Gluten-Free Prepared or Microwave Meal:

Amy’s Kitchen Gluten-Free Meals

 

Best Gluten-Free Lunch Meat or Frozen Meat:

Boar’s Head

 

Best Gluten-Free Veggie Burger or Vegetarian Meat Option:

Amy’s Kitchen

 

Best Gluten-Free Mail Order Bakery:

Katz Gluten-Free

 

Best Gluten-Free Shopping:

Whole Foods

 

Best Gluten-Free Cookbook:

The Gluten-Free Gourmet: Living Well Without Wheat by Bette Hagman

 

Best Gluten-Free Magazine:

Living Without

 

Best Gluten-Free Blog: TIE!

Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef  AND  Gluten-Free on a Shoestring

 

Best Gluten-Free Online Product Discovery Resources:

www.glutenfreessaver.com