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Buckwheat flour: a healthy, gluten-free alternative to white flour

11/18/2014 - It is not difficult to find research proving that regular white flour is bad for us. Consuming foods made from this popular flour, which has been processed, bleached and stripped of all its essential nutrients, has been linked to cancer, brain fog, acne, constipation and many other medical conditions....

Amaranth: a gluten-free grain rich in protein and minerals

10/14/2014 - Amaranth is a broad-leafed plant that is native to the southern half of North America. It is part of the Amaranthaceae family of flowering plants, which also includes beets, Swiss chard, spinach and quinoa, and is characterized by its rapid growing speed and competitive nature. In fact, amaranth is...

'Gluten-free' finally means gluten-free! FDA announces regulations to enforce label meaning but are consumers really being protected?

8/7/2014 2:36:57 PM - An increasing number of people in the world today are becoming intolerant to gluten, which is a specific protein found in wheat, rye and barley. Sensitivity to the gluten protein now affects roughly 18 million Americans. This growing problem has given rise to an ever-expanding industry of "gluten-free"...

Gluten-free diet improves brain function, intestinal health in celiacs

6/17/2014 5:30:08 PM - A gluten-free diet may improve cognitive function in people with celiac disease, in addition to its previously proven benefits for intestinal health, according to a recent study conducted by Australian researchers and published in the journal Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics. "The study outcomes...

The hidden dangers of going gluten-free - here's how to avoid the pitfalls

5/27/2014 - Gluten-free diets are sweeping the nation as more people become aware of the dangers of the problematic protein found in wheat, rye and barley. While their intentions may be for the best, many are falling into the trap of "junk gluten-free" -- foods high in sugar, starch, additives and genetically modified...

Chronic inflammation solved? Gluten-free diet works miracles for many

5/14/2014 9:51:09 PM - Although some nonbelievers rank gluten-free among the latest nonsensical buzzwords, several good reasons for being careful with gluten exist. For one thing, as explained by U.S. News & World Report, gluten is relatively new to the human diet and many people have not had time to adapt to it (1). A group...

Right on cue, mainstream media begins attacking gluten-free diets

5/9/2014 12:59:13 PM - The growing popularity of going gluten-free, spurred in large part by a steady uptick in cases of celiac disease and related gluten intolerances, has set the mainstream media on the defense with a stream of articles now condemning the diet as just another fad. A recent piece by ABC News, for instance,...

Comparing gluten-free diets to the fat-free diet fad

3/15/2014 - Diets come and go, but every now and then a fad turns into a dogmatic obsession. The nonsense of avoiding all fats to stay slim and avoid cardiac diseases did provide a revenue bonanza for food processors to supply the market with even worse foods containing all sorts of synthetic fillers and sweetened...

Hey quinoa, teff may be the new gluten-free kid on the block

3/1/2014 - Quinoa, long-praised for the fact that it's a gluten-free food rich in protein and manganese, may have to share some of the nutritional spotlight with teff. Of course quinoa still remains an outstanding health food. But teff, which has likely been available from your supermarket and health food store...

Coconut flour: A nutritious, gluten-free substitute to processed flour

1/28/2014 - Coconut flour is a flour made from coconut solids that have been ground into a very fine powder. It has a mild coconut scent and flavor, which makes it suitable for flour-based recipes that don't have other strongly-flavored ingredients such as cocoa powder or spices. It is also quite light and airy,...

Check out these healthy, gluten-free alternatives to white flour

12/22/2013 - It's not difficult to find research lamenting the poor nutritional value of enriched white flour. Consuming this omnipresent flour - which has been processed, bleached and stripped of all its nutrients - has been repeatedly linked to constipation, diabetes, cancer and more. Often, these conditions are...

Gluten-free going mainstream as nearly one-third of Americans seek to avoid gluten

11/12/2013 12:37:03 PM - Panic must really be setting in for the wheat industry these days, as consumers increasingly seek to avoid food products that contain gluten. According to the latest available figures, as many as one in three people, or about 105 million Americans, now actively shun gluten due to diagnosed celiac disease,...

Quinoa questionable as a gluten free grain

10/27/2013 - Cultivated in the Andes for over 5,000 years, quinoa is a grain-like seed that has long been used by the gluten-free community for its high nutritional offering and protein content (roughly 18 percent). A super grain thought to be reliable for the celiac community, recent studies have now linked certain...

Amaranth is a gluten-free and super healthy source of protein

10/11/2013 - Amaranth is grown as a gluten-free grain that unfortunately goes far too often under the radar in North America. Although its production began in the 70s in the US, it is best known as being forcefully destroyed by the Spanish conquistadors who forbade its use and growth a few centuries ago. Amaranth...

Kosher, non-GMO, gluten-free, natural and organic: Top twelve things you probably didn't know about food label claims

9/13/2013 - Are you confused about food label claims and what they really mean? That's part of the strategy of the global food giants, of course: confuse you with so much noise that you give up trying to make sense of it all. That's why I wrote this article: to demystify food label claims and give you the low-down...

Try these easy gluten-free superfood recipes to supercharge your health

9/11/2013 - Most folks turn to a gluten-free diet because of various gastrointestinal reactions to grains that contain gluten. Gluten is an elastic protein that contains very little nutritional value, but it is a part of several grains that are delicious and nutritious. Gluten sensitivity or intolerance includes...

Health Basics: 50% of gluten-free foods still contain food toxins

8/5/2013 12:28:46 PM - Let us delve into a recent news story that aired this past August on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams; it talked about gluten-free foods only being necessary for people suffering from celiac and dismissed them for just about everyone else. One yoga instructor came on the program to talk about how...

Learn to make delicious, gluten-free buckwheat pancakes with this recipe

6/19/2013 - Buckwheat flour is a nutritious and energizing flour that is sourced from the flowers of the buckwheat plant, which is native to Northern Europe and Asia. Because it is free of gluten and wheat, it has become popular as a substitute to white or enriched flour, especially among diabetics and people seeking...

Is your 'gluten-free' or 'vegan' diet truly healthy?

6/17/2013 - Gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan are all the rage these days. Many people, whether they have a food allergy or not, believe that foods with these and other common labeling distinctions are automatically healthier than other foods. But do you really know what is contained in that gluten-free loaf of...

Mesquite flour: A nutritious, gluten-free substitute to white flour

4/9/2013 - Mesquite is a tree that is native to the Americas, especially the desert regions of northern Mexico, western South America, and southern United States. It is sturdy and drought-tolerant, and survives well in arid and semi-arid regions that receive little rainfall. Although it is considered a nuisance...

Health benefits of quinoa and tasty gluten-free breakfast recipe

3/18/2013 - Amid the recent push toward a grain-free lifestyle, it is vital to remember that for millennia, people consumed grains as their primary source for nutrition. It is advised that we take a moderate approach to our diet and consume a healthy balance of fresh fruits and veggies in addition to grains and...

Create a safe kitchen in a non gluten-free home to avoid getting sick

11/6/2012 - Being gluten-free means more than just purchasing gluten-free ingredients and prepared meals. People who live a gluten-free lifestyle, unless they live alone, are preparing their meals in a non gluten-free environment. These people may experience symptoms that they thought they left behind when they...

Cross contamination a risk for Celiacs even when ordering food from gluten-free menus

10/28/2012 - Approximately three million people in the United States have been diagnosed with Celiac disease and another 18 million may be gluten sensitive. The growing number of people who choose to avoid gluten is causing restaurants to make changes. Large restaurant chains now include gluten-free items on their...

Avoid GMOs in gluten-free baked goods this holiday season with these tips

10/16/2012 - With the holiday baking season just around the corner, ingredients that are free of harmful substances and GMOs are an important consideration. After all, poisoning friends and family is not exactly the model of holiday cheer. For those avoiding gluten, attention is turned to an array of gluten-free...

Majority of 'gluten-free' foods found to contain GMOs

10/10/2012 - In the wake of all the recent revelations about the dangers of GMOs, a special warning needs to go out to all those health-conscious consumers buying "gluten-free" foods. As it turns out, most "gluten-free" foods sold in the USA contain genetically modified organisms. Why is this so? Because the...

Bad news for Celiacs: Arsenic in rice may make it even harder to eat gluten-free

9/26/2012 4:33:19 PM - A recent study found that almost all of the 60 rice products tested contained "worrisome" levels of arsenic. This is bad news for people with Celiac disease or a gluten intolerance. Rice is the number one alternative grain consumed by people on a gluten-free diet, though rice consumption is by no ways...

Eat a gluten-free diet for type 2 diabetes and celiac disease

6/1/2012 - New research finds that almost one in four adolescents in the United States have diabetes or pre-diabetes, according to The New York Times. These are not children with juvenile diabetes but full-on type 2 diabetes. More than 25 million adults already have diabetes and 79 million may have prediabetes,...

Enriching gluten-free and wheat products doesn't make them healthy

4/14/2012 - The Standard American Diet, otherwise referred to as S.A.D., consists of low quality factory farmed meats, over-processed packaged foods with vitamins and minerals added back in, condiments, and a leaf of iceberg lettuce as the vegetable for the day -- SAD indeed. Packaged processed foods made with...

Meatless Monday and Wheatless Wednesday - So what's for dinner?

4/7/2012 - Whether for ecological purposes or healthy lifestyles, less is definitely more. Think about the simple water conservation changes you may have made recently, like turning off the spigot while brushing your teeth, or the healthy choices you've made like reducing your overall calorie intake. These same...

The top 5 foods to avoid if you have gluten intolerance and wheat allergies

2/29/2012 - Gluten is found in grains such as wheat, semolina, kamut, barley, spelt, triticale, bulgur and rye and forms an elastic-type protein that helps bind molecules, causing flours to rise during baking. Its presence in certain flours contributes to a delicious, chewy bagel or bread dough; however, it is...

Enjoy the health benefits of gluten-free quinoa with this black bean salad recipe

3/22/2011 - Whole grains have been lauded for their many health benefits; however, many people who are gluten-intolerant have found their whole grain choices limited. Quinoa (keen-wah) is an increasingly popular gluten-free grain-like vegetable that may offer the same benefits as whole grains and then some. Quinoa...

How going gluten-free can benefit your health

3/11/2011 - Gluten is found in many foods including rye, oats, wheat, malt and barley. While it has been found to cause mild allergic reactions in some people, it can lead to full-blown Coeliac disease in others. Many people have found it beneficial to eliminate gluten from their diets, ranging from those with...

Coconut Flour Power Brings a Nutritious Gluten-Free Way to Bake

10/8/2010 - For people with celiac disease, gluten intolerance or digestive problems, making the switch to gluten-free foods is crucial to achieve lasting health. The trouble is it`s rarely easy. Once you start banning wheat and other gluten grains from your diet, suddenly they seem to be everywhere! But you don`t...

Health benefits of gluten-free diet helped make it mainstream

9/19/2010 - A mere decade ago, most people likely had no idea what gluten even was. Today, the protein is widely known for causing digestive and other health problems in certain people that requires them to eat only gluten-free foods. And many otherwise healthy individuals are also going gluten-free because they...

Top organic gluten-free snacks

6/11/2010 - Good-tasting, wheat-free crackers, breads and cookies are hard to come by. Sure, there is an ever-growing amount of gluten-free products available, but many of these products have an unpleasant taste and texture that turns people off to the idea of eating anything that is gluten-free. Fortunately,...

Gluten-Free Vegan Diet May Protect Arthritis Patients From Heart Attack

5/5/2008 - Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients who eat a gluten-free vegan diet could be better protected against heart attacks and stroke. RA is a major risk factor for these cardiovascular diseases, but a gluten-free vegan diet was shown to lower cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and oxidized LDL (OxLDL),...

For Rheumatoid Arthritis, Choose a Gluten-Free Vegan Diet

4/1/2008 - For people with rheumatoid arthritis, switching to a gluten-free vegan diet may significantly improve the symptoms associated with this autoimmune disease. A diet free from gluten and animal products was found to relieve some symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis by beneficially affecting the immune system....

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