Getting Political About Gluten-Free

visalus-gluten-freeTo follow up on a previous post, the cosmetics industry is one that overlooks its effects on the gluten sensitive. As I mentioned before, not all Celiac’s have topical reactions to gluten, but for many, skin rashes are a painful reminder of their disease.

Recently a Missouri legislator has been advocating for a bill that would require manufacturers and wholesalers of ALL hygiene products (i.e. shampoo, conditioner, soap, deodorant, etc.) to clearly state on their label whether or not they are gluten-free. This would be a huge step in the gluten-free awareness and labeling, as even food products do not have to advertise “gluten-free” (they do have to clearly list if they contain wheat in the ingredients, but a “gluten-free” stamp is not currently the required label). Click to continue reading »

More Prizes Available for Best of Gluten Free Awards Voters

Gluten-Free Baking Guides

One week remains to vote in the Triumph Dining Best of Gluten Free Awards. Lucky for you we’re sweetening the deal by adding two new prizes to the mix. People who complete the survey can also win a one of five sets of the Essential Gluten-Free Baking Guides. This is in addition to the Kindle Fires and sets of Triumph Dining European Baking Cards!

It is very important that we recognize the manufacturers of our favorite gluten-free products. This Click to continue reading »

Gluten & Allergen Free Expo – Des Moines, IA

Gluten & Allergen Free Expo Des MoinesTriumph Dining is very excited to announce that the Gluten & Allergen Free Expo is coming to Des Moines. We had such a wonderful time at their event in San Francisco earlier this year and we can’t wait for more gluten-free fun!

The Des Moines Gluten & Allergen Free Expo takes place on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th of April from 9am until 4pm. The location for this event is the Palace Theater at Adventureland Park in Altoona, Iowa.

More than 100 fantastic gluten and allergen-free vendors, local and national, will be sampling Click to continue reading »

Udi’s Granola Recall

Udi's Granola Recall

One of our Triumph Dining Staff Favorites has been recalled. Udi’s Healthy Foods of Denver, CO, is recalling its 12-ounce bags of “Udi’s Gluten Free Au Naturel Granola” with UPC 6-98997-80615-8 and “Best By 041913 12265 1.”

The product may contain undeclared almonds. People who are allergic to almonds run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

Recalled “Udi’s Gluten Free Au Naturel Granola” products were distributed through retail stores in California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington beginning on or about September 24, 2012.

The product comes in a 12-ounce, clear plastic bag marked with BEST BY 041913 12265 1 on back of the bag, underneath the Nutrition Facts panel. The recall is limited to products with “UPC 6-98997-80615-8″ and “Best By 041913 12265 1.” It does not extend to any other Udi’s products or lot codes.

Consumers who have purchased the product are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

We look forward to continuing our long relationship with Udi’s and its products. Udi’s provides many options for the gluten-free community and we’re proud to be fans.


Getting that Gluten-Free Glow

gluten free cosmeticsOne heavily debated component Celiac’s are constantly forced to reckon with is the do or don’t of gluten-free cosmetics. Some Celiac’s are adamant about cutting out gluten for EVERYTHING in order to avoid painful skin rashes and outbreaks that can occur. For others, their autoimmune disease is just of their gut, with painful symptoms only manifesting themselves due to the food they’re ingesting.

Recently, I read an article explaining this discrepancy. As we all know, Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disease. Therefore, there can be varying degrees of severity, and much like the flu, can have various strains. As such, some Celiac’s suffer from a strain labeled Click to continue reading »

Are Americans Being Duped by a Gluten-Free Label?

A recent study found that 30% of American adults are tempted to try alabel-gluten-free_300 gluten-free diet – the highest percentage since the consumer research firm, NDP Group, began following the trend in 2009. All healthy eating “habits” seem to go through cycles. From low-fat diets, to avoiding carbohydrates on Atkins, over 100 years of dieting has certainly seen the ebb and flow of what is deemed “healthful” eating. Interestingly enough, the health fad of today seems to be the gluten-free diet.

But, as I’ve mentioned on this blog before, is this trend in “losing weight” on a GF diet really about cutting out the gluten, or is it more about dumping the processed foods that are so often saturated or cross-contaminated with the dreaded protein?

It is no secret to Celiacs that going gluten-free is often about more than just swapping out wheat bread for gluten-free bread. Though it’s great there are some viable gluten-free products out there (especially when kids have to go without the flour), the reason many people are able to heal their Click to continue reading »

Vote now for your favorite gluten-free products – Best of Gluten Free Awards 2013

Join us in voting for your favorite gluten-free products! We’re happy to announce that voting is now open in our third annual Best of Gluten-Free Awards.

These awards provide recognition and thanks to the best gluten-free products on the market and let the manufacturers know how much we,the gluten-free, celiac community, appreciate their efforts.


You can vote in more than 40 categories ranging from Best Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread to Best Gluten-Free Cookbook. Last year just shy of 10,000 of you voted for your favorite products.

This being Triumph Dining, we’re sweetening the deal. Participation earns you a chance to win prizes including Kindle Fires and Triumph Dining European Dining Cards.

Voting is open through March 31, 2013. The winners s receive a trophy, bragging rights and a Best of Gluten-Free Awards Logo to use with their marketing materials.

Vote by clicking here. See the 2012 winners by clicking here.

Gluten-Free Grub at School – It’s the Law!

Gluten Free Meal Plans at CollegeA couple of weeks ago I wrote about a case at Lesley University where students gained huge ground in the crusade for gluten-free eating options. From their petitions, the students found legal support and coverage under the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This case set a precedent in which Celiacs and the gluten sensitive can gain coverage. To summarize, if you are dependent upon the food served at a public institution(such as with a required student meal plan or even in jail), the gluten intolerant have food rights to ensure Click to continue reading »

Gluten and Allergen Free Wellness Events | Triumph Dining

Gluten and Allergen free Wellness EventsTriumph Dining is excited to be appearing at a bunch of fantastic gluten-free events this year, including these Gluten & Allergen Free Wellness Events, hosted by ECHO Event Solutions.

These events are happening in Atlanta, GA; Charlotte, NC; Raleigh, NC; and New Orleans, LA. Each event is open to the community, and caters to those who avoid multiple allergens, such as gluten, dairy, soy and nuts. Sampling of gluten-free/allergen-free foods starts Click to continue reading »

Tech-Savvy Gluten-Free Grocery Shopping

iphone5-introAs I’ve admitted on this blog before, while I love my smart phone, I don’t always put it to good use. I have about three apps, two of which are solitaire and the other is often left untouched. But this latest app I heard about might just deserve top ticketing on my phone – a gluten-free grocery app!

Two sisters in Canada are working to develop an app that will help Celiac’s around the world. The team started their product development after one woman’s 13 year old son was diagnosed with both diabetes and Celiac disease. Overwhelmed by the grocery store and list of “safe” vs. “unsafe” food, the women decided to take action to help others.

The app would allow users to scan a list of ingredients on any given packaged food item to determine whether or not it was safe for gluten-free eating. The app would be particularly useful to shoppers who want to avoid the over-hyped “gluten-free” labels that more and more companies are using as a means to increase advertising revenue and hike up pricing.

Though I think the app is a great idea, I am still wary about cross contamination risks. Those “gluten-free” labels are there to ensure that there is absolutely no risk of gluten sneaking in the product. Unfortunately I’ve found out the hard way that even if an ingredient list appears gluten-free, that’s not always the case.

The women are still developing the app, which could do a lot to help new gluten-free eaters explore the world of food beyond gluten-free specialty items. The app is set to be released in May. For more information, check out their website, to support their efforts!