Coronavirus and Celiac Disease

Do I have a higher chase of getting corona virus (coronavirus) because I have Celiac Disease? What’s the risk?

Dr. Alessio Fasano’s Message to the Celiac Community

Celiac Disease and Coronavirus (COVID-19): Dr. Alessio Fasano’s Message to the Celiac Community

On March 11, 2020 the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) a pandemic. As the rapid spread of the novel virus continues to impact communities worldwide, there has been understandable concern from the celiac community regarding celiac disease susceptibility/risk level. In this short video, Dr. Alessio Fasano shares his medical perspective on the virus as it pertains to people with celiac disease and gluten disorders.

Gluten Free Food Fight

Gluten Free Food Fight

Gluten Free Food Fight

Gluten Free Food Fight

There is a gluten free food fight going on at a federal level.  Bob’s Red Mill has filed a lawsuit to continue using a “gluten-free” logo without paying for certification.

Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods has filed a lawsuit claiming the Gluten Intolerance Group of North America asserted trademark rights in a “GF” gluten-free symbol that’s similar to a logo used by the company.

The nonprofit sent a letter to Bob’s Red Mill alleging consumers may be “confused into thinking GIG has certified your product as satisfying its gluten-free standards, even though GIG has not,” the complaint said.

Bob’s Red Mill should either stop using the logo or become certified by the nonprofit, the letter said.

The lawsuit claims it’s “somewhat puzzling” that GIG has taken this position because the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office considers the GF symbol as “merely descriptive,” which means the nonprofit “has no right to exclusive use of that mark.”

More than 100 gluten-free products are sold by Bob’s Red Mill, which has “built a separate facility with specialized machinery” for such products and targeted consumers seeking to avoid gluten for three decades, the complaint said.

While there is no federal standard for “gluten-free,” the company only uses such labels for products containing fewer than 19 parts per million of the substance, according to the lawsuit.

Through this gluten free food fight, Bob’s Red Mill is seeking a “declaratory judgment” that it’s not required to pay for certification or cease using the GF logo, which would “require the withholding from store shelves of millions of dollars’ worth of product,” the complaint said. “At a minimum, complying with GIG’s demand would require a significant redesign and marketing process.”

The company has also asked the judge to declare the GF trademark unenforceable and to enter an injunction prohibiting GIG from claiming that others may not use a similar symbol.

Gluten Intolerance Group of North America took in about $3 million, most of it derived from “program service revenue,” during 2016, the most recent year for which its tax information is available.

In 2017, the nonprofit filed a lawsuit over the GF trademark against organizations affiliated with Jamie Oliver, a famous chef, which was dismissed earlier this year subject to an undisclosed agreement.  Source:  Capital Press

UPDATE:

Joint Statement from Bob’s Red Mill and GIG

Gluten Intolerance Group of North America (“GIG”) and Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods, Inc. (“BRM”) are issuing this joint press release to notify the public that, due to the efforts of both parties, they have quickly settled the lawsuit that was recently brought by BRM against GIG. While the settlement terms are confidential, we can confirm that this was, at all times, a minor business dispute that neither side intended to be picked up by national media or publicized online. The dispute solely concerned the parties’ respective use of trademarks, and the primary goal of both parties was to protect the health and safety of their gluten-sensitive consumers. The gluten-sensitive community is critically important to both GIG and BRM. GIG and BRM leave this dispute the same way they entered it: with mutual respect for each other’s businesses and an utmost concern for the well-being of their consumers.

Leave a comment below and let us know your stance on this gluten free food fight.

 

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The Best Gluten Free Grocery Shopping Guide

 

We believe in quality and not quantity.

You will not need to navigate through 52,000 gluten-free products in our gluten-free shopping guide; our process gives you 500 of the very best gluten-free products.  Stop wasting time and money experimenting with gluten-free products you may or may not like.  Trust the thousands of people who vote each year to give you the most accurate list of great gluten-free products.

Finally, the experimentation is over!

Here are just a few of this year’s Buyers Guide Reviews:

“My 6 year old was recently diagnosed. This useful book has helped eliminate some of the frustrating trial and error from trying new products. We’ve tried several of your recommended products and my little man agrees! Thanks for a comprehensive GF buyers guide!”

“In perusing the listings, I quickly found that my very favorite bread, pancake mix, and magazine are listed as number one here – and I tried many products to come to that conclusion. It gives me great confidence that other recommendations will be good ones.

 “Invaluable guide for anyone with celiac or gluten sensitivity. Save money by getting the favorite brands. Might as well benefit from the experiences of others.”

Great Resource!!! Thank You for providing such a valuable tool for those of us who are GF buyers–this is my ‘Go To’ source for all my gluten free needs!!! Thank You for your time, research and hard work on this vital guide!!!”

I totally love this book! Every year when it comes out I get it. It is such a huge help!”

Awesome resource for those with celiac disease. Much cheaper to buy this book than experiment with poor quality gluten-free foods. It also contains references to other gluten-free resources online and in print.”

This is an incredible resource for celiacs and anyone following a gluten free diet. It summarizes the whole gluten free industry and recommends products based on surveys sent out to celiacs and others.”

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Is Meghan Markle Gluten Free

Is Meghan Markle Gluten Free

Is Meghan Markle gluten free you ask?

Not all the time according to a recent article in Women’s Health.

Is Meghan Markle Gluten Free
Is Meghan Markle Gluten Free

“In our most recent deep dive into the Markle archives, we found the one thing she gives up when she’s after glowing skin. In an interview with delish, the 36-year-old revealed that she notices a huge difference in her energy levels and skin condition when she cuts gluten from her diet.

“It gets such a bad rap,” she explained.

“However, when I’m traveling, I won’t miss an opportunity to try great pasta. I come back from vacation every year with a food baby, and I’ve named her Comida. I get to the set and I’m like, ‘Hey, Comida’s here, and she’s kicking.'”

You asked, “is Meghan Markle gluten free?”  I hope this clears things up for you.  I would not wish Celiac Disease on my worst enemy; however, having somebody with Celiac Disease at such a high profile as Meghan Markle would  help spread awareness and help remove the stigma around a gluten free diet.

Some experts say there are benefits to at least cutting back on gluten consumption for gut health, which plays a role in healing skin.

A 2011 study led by University of Maryland’s Center for Celiac Research suggests that for those with a sensitivity to gluten, it triggers the body’s inflammatory response which begins in the gut and spreads to other parts of the body. Plenty of research has posited the link between gut and skin health but more investigation is needed into gluten sensitivity’s direct impact on the skin.”

“Gluten acts like glue in the intestines, impairing nutrient absorption and/or triggering inflammation in the body,” Fiona Tucks says in her book The Forensic Nutritionist. “Problems really arise when your diet is predominant gluten based – toast or cereal for breakfast, a sandwich for lunch, biscuits with afternoon tea, pasta or noodles for dinner and cereal based malt drinks. Gluten overload!”

Is Meghan Markle Gluten Free? What are your thoughts about what you had read?  Leave a comment.

Have you ever purchased terrible gluten free products?  We have too!  With 60 award winning categories and thousands of people voting for their favorite gluten free products, you will buy like a seasoned pro.  Grab a copy of The 2018 Gluten Free Buyers Guide.  Digital and Print versions are available now.

Best Gluten Free Beers for 2018
2018 Gluten Free Buyers Guide

 

We too have taken a few awards!  Thank you for the book reviews!

 

The Best Gluten Free Grocery Shopping Guide

 

We believe in quality and not quantity.

You will not need to navigate through 52,000 gluten-free products in our gluten-free shopping guide; our process gives you 500 of the very best gluten-free products.  Stop wasting time and money experimenting with gluten-free products you may or may not like.  Trust the thousands of people who vote each year to give you the most accurate list of great gluten-free products.

Finally, the experimentation is over!

Grab your copy now.

 

Here are just a few of this year’s Buyers Guide Reviews:

5 Star Review – “Invaluable guide for anyone with celiac or gluten sensitivity. Save money by getting the favorite brands. Might as well benefit from the experiences of others.”

5 Star Review – “Great Resource!!! Thank You for providing such a valuable tool for those of us who are GF buyers–this is my ‘Go To’ source for all my gluten free needs!!! Thank You for your time, research and hard work on this vital guide!!!”

5 Star Review – “I totally love this book! Every year when it comes out I get it. It is such a huge help!”

5 Star Review – “Awesome resource for those with celiac disease. Much cheaper to buy this book than experiment with poor quality gluten-free foods. It also contains references to other gluten-free resources online and in print.”

5 Star Review – “This is an incredible resource for celiacs and anyone following a gluten free diet. It summarizes the whole gluten free industry and recommends products based on surveys sent out to celiacs and others.”

Write a review or Buy the 2018 Gluten Free Buyers Guide

Get the Best Gluten Free Book

Learn more about us and why we starting this program so many years ago.  You’ll be surprised how similar our experiences have been.

Data showing the gluten free trend is dying

Data showing the gluten free trend is dying

Here is data showing that the gluten free trend is dying but celiac disease awareness continues to remain flat.

I don’t often look at Google Trends (yes, it’s a real thing) but when I do, I always look to see how often the term “gluten free” is searched over the term “Celiac Disease”. It’s my opinion that the gluten free trend is dying and celiac disease awareness continues to reGluten Free is Over Rovermain flat and Google proves my argument.  I am thankful for the increased trend in the term gluten free.  I can now shop at virtually any grocery store and find gluten free labels on boxes and even on store shelves.  Ask your grocery manager about their gluten free products and more than likely they will walk with pride showing you all they have to offer.  Even my dog has gluten free options now (talk about trendy). What I don’t like is the way I feel when I order gluten free food or even ask about a “special”  (YOU MUST DO AIR QUOTES) gluten free section.  I am not that trendy guy who eats bark and drinks wheat grass.  Wait!  Is wheat grass safe to drink?  Yes it is, because some registered dietitian told me that the gluten protein has not fully developed yet.  Only a gluten dork would know that, as my little sister would say.  Now that the trend is over or at least dying, lets start focusing on the bigger issue; Celiac Disease.  Every time I have to explain to somebody that celiac disease affects 1 out of 133 people and only 3% know they have it, I get the big eyed response; why don’t I already know this?  Nevertheless, lets continue to focus on gluten intolerance and Celiac Disease awareness and leave the bark eating to the hipsters.

General Mills Goes Gluten-Free

General Mills Goes Gluten-Free

General Mills goes Gluten-Free
General Mills goes Gluten-Free

 

Watch Jim Cramer’s interview with the CEO of General Mills as they discuss new gluten-free products and how important it is to their business. What does it all mean when Jim Cramer states that General Mills goes gluten-free?


What are your thoughts? Is this way too late or are you thankful?

Gluten-Free Recall Notice

Genius Gluten-Free Recall

Gluten-Free RecallThis week there was a large gluten-free recall notice for multiple brands that contained trace amounts of gluten.

Please read the official release here.

Product details

Genius Foods

Genius Gluten-Free Recall

Product: Genius Crumpets
‘Best before’ dates: 18 June 2015 – 26 June 2015

Product: Livwell Gluten Free Crumpets
‘Best before’ date: 18 June 2015 – 26 June 2015

Product: Livwell Garlic Naan
‘Best before’ dates: 09 July 2015 – 28 August 2015

Asda

Product: Asda Chosen by you 4 Free From White Pitta Breads
Barcode: 505244989731
‘Best before’ dates: 26 June 2015, 30 June 2015, 2 July 2015

Product: Asda Chosen by you 2 Free From Garlic & Coriander Naan Breads
Barcode: 5051413185469
‘Best before’ dates: 3 July 2015, 07 July 2015, 9 July 2015

Product: Asda Chosen by you 2 Free From Pizza Bases
Barcode: 505244979125
‘Best before’ dates: 26 June 2015, 30 June 2015

Morrisons

Product: Morrisons Free From Pizza Bases
‘Best before’ dates: 29 May 2015 – 4 June 2015

Sainsbury’s

Product: Sainsbury’s Freefrom Pizza Base, 185g
‘Best before’ dates: 25 June 2015 – 03 July 2015

Product: Sainsbury’s Freefrom 4 White Pitta breads, 260g
‘Best before’ dates: 25 June 2015 – 03 July 2015

Product: Sainsbury’s Freefrom 4 Multiseeded Pitta breads, 260g
‘Best before’ dates: 25 June 2015 – 03 July 2015

Product: Sainsbury’s Freefrom 2 Garlic & Coriander Naan, 196g
‘Best before’ dates: 25 June 2015 – 03 July 2015

Product: Sainsbury’s Freefrom 6 Syrup Pancakes 198g
‘Best before’ dates: 12 July 2015 – 20 July 2015

Product: Sainsbury’s Freefrom 4 Sultana Scones, 252g
‘Best before’ dates: 29 June 2015 – 07 July 2015

Product: Sainsbury’s Freefrom Chocolate Muffins, 150g*
‘Best before’ dates: 30 June 2015 – 08 July 2015

Product: Sainsbury’s Freefrom Chocolate Muffin Cake, 300g*
‘Best before’ dates: 12 July 2015 – 19 July 2015

Product: Sainsbury’s Freefrom Blueberry Muffins, 140g*
‘Best before’ dates: 10 June 2015 – 17 June 2015

Tesco

Product: Tesco Free From 4 Crumpets
‘Best before’ dates: All codes*

Product: Tesco Free From Pizza Bases 2 Pack
‘Best before’ dates: All codes*

Product: Tesco Free From 4 Pitta Bread
‘Best before’ dates: All codes*

Product: Tesco Free From  Garlic & Coriander Naan Bread
‘Best before’ dates: All codes*

Product: Tesco Free From 2 Chocolate Brownie Muffins*
‘Best before’ dates: All codes

Product: Tesco Free From 4 Chocolate flavoured Brownie Cake Bars*
‘Best before’ dates: All codes

Waitrose

Product: Waitrose Free From Fruit Scones 4s
‘Best before’ dates: 07 June 2015 – 15 June 2015

Product: Waitrose Free From White Pittas 4s
‘Best before’ dates: 25 June 2015 – 03 July 2015

Product: Waitrose Free From Scotch Pancakes 6s
‘Best before’ dates: 25 June 2015 – 03 July 2015

No other products are known to be affected.

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TED Ed Gluten-Free Video

Ted Talk on Gluten-Free

TED Ed Gluten-Free Video

Ted Talk on Gluten-FreeThis is the new gluten-free explainer video from TED Ed. TED Ed is new method of learning and is from the creators of TEDx and TED Talks. The video, “What’s the big deal with gluten?” created by William D. Chey, John R. Dilworth, Pilar Newton, William Hohauser, and Addison Anderson gives a brief but concise description of Celiac Disease, Wheat Allergy and Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity. This video is getting mixed responses. Please share your thoughts on the TED Ed gluten-free video in the comment section below. If you feel this should be shared to help spread awareness, please use the social media buttons below the video.

Is Taylor Swift Gluten-Free?

Is Taylor Swift Gluten-Free?

Is Taylor Swift Gluten-Free?

Is Taylor Swift Gluten-Free?There is no doubt that Taylor Swift is one of the most popular stars in the world.  Taylor was recently added to the Forbes list of Most Powerful Women at #64.  She also has other rankings on Forbes lists at the age of 25:

#18 Celebrity 100 (2014)

#29 in Money

#23 in Press

#5 in Social

Just a few days ago Taylor was spotted in a local NYC pizzeria ordering two gluten-free pizzas for her and her boyfriend.  Rumor has it that the both of them are on a gluten-free diet.  Why?  Not sure.

This brings me to the question I always ask myself when celebrities go gluten-free.  Will this hurt or help those of us with Celiac Disease?  Nevertheless, we are going to send her a copy of the latest Gluten-Free Buyers Guide to help her connect with the best products. I am hopeful that Taylor could share thoughtful insights to the diet. What are your thoughts?  Leave your comments below.

Research Shows Many Probiotics Contain Traces of Gluten

Probiotics may contain gluten

Research Shows Many Probiotics Contain Traces of Gluten

Probiotics may contain glutenResearchers at the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University Medical Center analyzed 22 popular, high-selling probiotics and found that more than half of them (55%) contained gluten, according to research that will be presented on May 16 at Digestive and Disease Week in Washington DC.

Using a detection technique called liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry, the researchers measured the quantity of gluten in the probiotics.

Over 50% of the samples tested had gluten, sometimes even when labeled gluten-free

In general, for a product to be labeled “gluten-free,” the study authors note that gluten needs to be less than 20 parts per million. Their data show that most of the probiotics that contained gluten had less than that, but four brands contained more than the threshold. More than half of the probiotic brands tested by the researchers claimed to be gluten-free on their label.

Source: Time

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