Birthday parties, field trips and other childhood pleasures can be a minefield of potential health dangers if your child has gluten intolerance. Most parents will pack along a safe-to-consume food alternative…but if the “special” cupcake you packed looks as dry as sawdust compared to the birthday girl’s elaborately frosted birthday confection, you’re bound to encounter some serious sulking after the (off-limits) piñata has been burst and the (also off-limits) goody bags have been dispersed.
Tagged: celiac disease
If you’re new to gluten-free, you may be wondering what all the fuss is about. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye and several other grains. For those with a condition known as celiac disease, ingesting gluten can mean big trouble. For others, gluten can lead to stomachaches and uncomfortable side effects. In the past decade, the prevalence of (and demand for) gluten-free food has been steadily rising. But it wasn’t until just recently that the label “gluten-free” on a food item was defined by the FDA. Read on to find out what it really means.
Gluten-free diets have become increasingly popular in the past few years. Some folks turn to wheat-free diets for weight loss, while others use them to find relief from wheat or gluten allergies or food intolerances. Whatever your reason, we know that figuring out how to avoid gluten can be tricky. From your morning cereal to the bread in your lunchtime sandwich to your dinner pasta, gluten is one of the most common ingredients in the grocery store.
Ready for a healthy January dessert? This apple crisp from personal chef Amie Valpone is made with KIND Healthy Grains Clusters–a unique gluten-free granola made from 100% whole grains including amaranth, quinoa, oats, millet and buckwheat–instead of flour. Use dairy-free butter and chocolate chips to make it a vegan treat.
Q: Should I be using gluten-free cosmetics?
MyChelle Dermaceuticals licensed esthetician Catie Wiggy responds:
Many people today are following gluten-free diets and lifestyles, either because they’ve been diagnosed with celiac disease—a condition in which eating foods containing gluten harms the body—or because they experience negative reactions from gluten and choose to avoid it.
Chase away winter chills with a bowl of homemade chili or soup and these Gluten-Free Cornbread Mini Muffins. Melt-in-your-mouth moist with just the right amount of crumble, they’re quick to make and healthier than the traditional version—made with flax instead of eggs, coconut oil spread in place of butter and your choice of dairy or non-dairy milk.
By Rachel Begun, MS, RD
With the holidays behind us and long winter months ahead, many of us are looking forward to a winter vacation getaway. These days, hotels, resorts and high tourist areas are taking steps to provide greater gluten-free options than even just a few years ago, making vacations easier to plan and certainly more enjoyable.
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