Is there a scientific basis for all the gluten fear-mongering? Is it wrong to avoid gluten if avoiding it makes you feel better? And are people actually feeling better, or is it all just in their heads?
Alan Levinovitz, who teaches philosophy and religion at James Madison University, did more than merely ask these questions; he spent years pursuing answers to them. The result is a newly published book, “The Gluten Lie,” which explores the origins, appeal and dangers of this latest food fad.
Sourced from The Washington Post
With Celiac Disease Awareness Month right around the corner does this book help or hurt the celiac community?
Each year we look for ways to give back to the Celiac and Gluten Intolerant community. During the month of May, to celebrate Celiac Disease Awareness Month, we are going to be working with the community in a big way. We are asking those with a printed version of the 2015 Gluten-Free Buyers Guide to give it to your favorite grocery store buyer or store manager. It’s simple; circle the products you love, give them your copy, and ask them to stock your favorites. Snap a photo of them with the book and we will replace your copy for free. We have always tried to connect those in the gluten-free community with the best gluten-free products and it time to reach your local store. Let’s face it, you probably shop online and at different stores just to complete your shopping list. Grocery buyers need a better understanding of the products that the community votes as the best. Let us help you spread awareness and communicate your dietary needs.
There is now a Gluten-Free Museum on tumbler that has converted some of the most iconic images in the world into gluten-free versions. Some believe that the museum was created to make light of the gluten-free craze; however, it is one more tool to spread the word about celiac disease or gluten intolerance. Below are a few of my other favorite gluten-free pieces.
We are sad to announce that Kellogg’s Gluten-Free Rice Krispies has died. (Discontinued)
In an official announcement made by Kellog’s on March 24, 2015 via their online community board the following eulogy was read.
“We’re sorry to report that Gluten Free Rice Krispies has been discontinued
We are sorry to announce that Gluten Free Rice Krispies has been discontinued. We made the difficult decision to stop making Gluten Free Rice Krispies due to current manufacturing constraints.
Certainly, we realize many fans will be understandably disappointed by this announcement. Although it may be difficult to replace Gluten Free Rice Krispies, we invite you to enjoy our other great Kellogg’s Gluten Free products.”
I can remember like it was yesterday when the buzz about a gluten-free rice krispie option was swarming in the gluten-free community. We all ran out (at least our family) to get the iconic brand and hear the trademark “Snap, Crackle and Pop”. Once again we had rice krispie bars! Here is the crazy thing; they tasted just like the original. It’s beyond me to understand why Kellogg’s wouldn’t just keep the gluten-free recipe and replace the original.
Nevertheless there are some great gluten-free cereals out there. You can find the Gluten-Free Award results for Best Gluten-Free Cereal here.
If you want to stock up on gluten-free rice krispies before they are completely gone, I recommend you look at Amazon prices and shop smart. Remember the supply and demand chart from school? As the supply goes down demand will go up and so will prices. Check Amazon Prizes here.
Want to rant, rage, comment, vent or ask something to the group? Please feel free to comment. It’s our community; go for it.
We love Bumbalooza products. That is why my jaw dropped when I saw that they had closed the business. Bumbalooza maker of unique gluten-free baking mixes had built momentum in the retail marketplace and was already in 400 stores. What happened? Reports indicate Bumbalooza went too big too fast. Giant grocery chains often charge $20,000 for shelf space and typically have 90 day payment terms. Inventory can change over three times before the company sees any return.
Have you ever wondered why some gross gluten-free products remain on store shelves? The manufacture has enough capital to fund product placement. This is one of the reasons why we host The Gluten-Free Awards. We want to connect stores and consumers with the BEST products. Grocery chains should be focused on providing quality to their customers and not cater to those producers who have enough cash to float years of product placement fees. It’s unfortunate that a company like Bumbalooza who made great products had to overextend their cash flow.
Want to help the food brands you love? Highlight all the brands and products you love in the 2015 Gluten-Free Buyers Guide. Take a picture of your local grocery store manager or buyer with the gluten-free buyers guide and we will send you a replacement copy for free. Send your pictures to Josh@GlutenFreeBuyersGuide.com
Pharmaceutical Treatment for Celiac Disease Trial Update
I ran into a very interesting article written about the potential pharmaceutical treatments for Celiac Disease. Research has moved into an exciting phase. For the first time there may be a substitution to the gluten-free diet. Don’t think all of these medications in trial do the same thing.
SOURCE: Gastroenterology Report, online February 26, 2015. http://gastro.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2015/02/26/gastro.gov006.full#sec-16
In fact, most of these pharmaceuticals act completely different and address gluten in a variety of ways. As drugs move from concept to Phase 3 confirmatory trials, they need to be evaluated by endpoints that are tailored to the drug, disease, and target patient populations. Perhaps most importantly, these endpoints need to be acceptable to regulatory agencies.
Would you try any of these medications during the trial period? How about once approved by the Feds? Would you wait a while? Let us know in the comment section below.