Gluten-Free Cooking and Baking

Gluten-Free Cooking and Baking

What home cooks should know about preparing gluten-free foods.

Maybe you’ve been advised to eliminate gluten from your diet to manage celiac disease. Or perhaps you have health problems, including fatigue and abdominal pain, caused by sensitivity to gluten and called gluten intolerance.

Whatever the reason for avoiding gluten, chances are you’ll need to learn your way around a gluten-free kitchen and develop simple strategies for preparing delicious and nutritious gluten-free meals and snacks.

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How to Eat Gluten Free: 13 Bulletproof Success Strategies

How to Eat Gluten Free: Strategies for Success

Switching to gluten free eating can seem daunting at first, but as with anything the learning curve levels out and it starts to become automatic. Just know that if you’re going to do it, you have to do it 100%. There is no “mostly” gluten free because gluten has negative effects in trace amounts. It’s all or nothing if you want to rock the gluten free life.

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75 Essential Gluten Free Restaurant Menus You Need to Know

75 Essential Gluten Free Restaurant Menus You Need to Know

One of the most stressful parts about eating out on a gluten free diet is trying to figure out what’s safe to eat.

Some restaurants don’t provide gluten free menus and others require you to search through those annoyingly long “allergy/nutrition” charts online that literally takes you hours to navigate.

And then there are times when restaurants don’t do neither of those.

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Some Celiacs Annoyed by Gluten-Free Posers – ABC News

Going gluten-free seems to be all the rage these days. But for every blog, book or friend extolling the virtues of foregoing flour, there may be another grousing about how it’s just another fake food allergy.

“Allergies are not cool,” said Brian Donovan, a comedy writer based in Los Angeles.

As someone diagnosed with celiac disease, Donovan cannot properly digest the gluten protein found in wheat, barley and rye. When he consumes a gluten-containing food like bread or pasta, he says he feels like he has appendicitis and an alien is about to burst from his stomach. His disease can lead to long term health problems like osteoporosis, arthritis or cancer.

But as he points out, celiac is a relatively rare condition. Only about one percent of the population has been diagnosed with celiac, Food Allergy Research and Education reports. The other 30 percent of adults who said they have tried a gluten-free diet in the past year, according to the consumer research firm NDP, may or may not have a true allergy or sensitivity to the grain protein.

Donovan said it worries him that the trendiness of a gluten-free diet means his disease may not be taken seriously.

“I love seeing that look in a waiter’s eye when asks himself, “Is this a hipster crackpot or someone who actually can’t eat flour?”

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So Many Celiac Cases, So Few Diagnoses – WSJ

There are hundreds of symptoms of celiac disease, from gas to insomnia to rickets, yet sometimes people—especially children—show no symptoms at all.

The difficulty of diagnosing celiac disease is what spurred Phyllis and Ivan Seidenberg to donate $16 million to NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley MS -1.07% Children’s Hospital for a program focused on pediatric-gastrointestinal disorders.

The Seidenbergs made the gift because their grandchildren were diagnosed with celiac disease a few years ago; the children now see physicians at the hospital.

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Jennifer Esposito finds her ‘Way’ after celiac diagnosis


After a life-long struggle with increasingly debilitating health issues, actress Jennifer Esposito, 41, found relief after being diagnosed with celiac disease.

To spare others’ frustration and despair, the Brooklyn native opened a specialty bakery in NYC and has written a book that shares its name, Jennifer’s Way.

“I bake. I hire. I fire. That’s my space,” she says of the gluten-free shop. During her 20 years in entertainment, Esposito says, she never felt “community” like she does now with fellow celiac sufferers, those who frequent her bakery and the readers of her blog, JennifersWay.org.

“It was such a hard business. You don’t know where your friends lie. And, you’re constantly changing families with shows,” says Esposito, who had roles in the Oscar-winning Crash and hit TV shows Spin City and Blue Bloods. “I always felt not part of it.” Does that mean she’s given up on Hollywood? “This has become so fulfilling. It’s hard and creative, which I felt I lost in acting. … Baking satiates that for me.”

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Is Celiac Screening for Kids With Type 1 Diabetes Adequate?

[Ed: Screening caught Celiac disease in our T1D] Current guidelines for celiac disease screening in patients with type 1 diabetes may miss a significant proportion of asymptomatic cases, a new study suggests.

The findings were presented here at the American Diabetes Association (ADA) 2014 Scientific Sessions by Evan Graber, DO, a fellow in pediatric endocrinology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York.

Because the prevalence of celiac disease is higher in children with type 1 diabetes than in the general population and celiac disease is often asymptomatic, ADA guidelines state that children with type 1 diabetes should be screened for the condition “soon after” diagnosis. The International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes (ISPAD) recommends celiac screening “at diagnosis and then annually for 5 years.”

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Gluten-Free Diet May Lift the ‘Fog’ of Celiac Patients, Study Says – WebMD

The “brain fog” experienced by many celiac disease patients seems to improve as their intestines heal after adopting a gluten-free diet, a small new study suggests.Australian scientists found that banishing gluten — a protein found in wheat, barley and rye that causes intestinal inflammation in those with celiac disease — led to better scores in attention, memory and other brain functions over the course of a year.

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