Today, Baby S and I enjoyed a quick and easy treat of banana and avocado: cubed for Baby, and blended with cacao powder/nibs (and topped with Enjoy Life chocolate chips of course) for Mama! Delicious!
“The age at which babies are introduced to foods with gluten doesn’t affect their risk of developing celiac disease, a new study finds. Earlier studies had suggested that introducing gluten between the ages of four and six months might lower the risk of celiac disease, a condition in which gluten in food triggers a damaging immune response in the small intestines. But in this new study, children introduced to gluten before age 17 weeks or after 26 weeks were not at an increased risk of developing celiac disease, compared to those who were introduced to the protein between those ages, researchers found.” ~Source: reuters.com
“ “Gluten has become a proxy for evil,” health researcher Timothy Caulfield told Marketplace co-host Tom Harrington. Caulfield is the Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy and a professor at the University of Alberta. “If you have gluten-free label on a food product, you know, it’s viewed as being healthier regardless of what the food product actually is,” says Caulfield. But a CBC Marketplace investigation reveals that many products with gluten-free labels break Health Canada rules, and add to consumer confusion about the issue.“ ~Source: cbc.ca/news/business
Click here to read the full article on cbc.ca, prepared by Megan Griffith-Greene.
Recently, my sister-in-law, Eva, was honoured at an Alice in Wonderland-inspired baby shower… just two months before the anticipated arrival of my future niece or nephew! My mom and sisters and I had so much fun planning the details- a card box shaped like the Mad Hatter’s hat, red roses arranged in paint-dripped paint cans (“you can always paint the roses red”), pink flamingos (no croquet though!), a ‘guess-the-tea’ game (sure beats the ‘smell-the-diaper’ game!), framed quotes from the book/movie, skeleton keys, playing cards, etc… and of course theme-related desserts! With my younger sister being a Pastry Chef, the “regular” dessert planning was no problem at all (her beautiful dessert table display is pictured at the very bottom of this post). However, with the shower honouree being the one who usually prepares the gluten-free desserts for us (you know her best as Eva of Pastel Bakery), I was tasked with the challenge of taking over the GF desserts to give her a much-deserved rest on her special day!
- Don’t be late’ blueberry macarons: Cuorenero brand macarons (found at Winners) with ‘clock details’ piped in Betty Crocker vanilla frosting
- We’re all mad’ strawberry teacup macarons: Cuorenero brand macarons with Efruti fruit slice candy ‘teacup handles’ (found at Whole Foods Unionville)
- ‘Down the rabbit hole’ brownie bites: Bob’s brownie mix brownies placed inside mini mason jars, piped with coloured Betty Crocker vanilla “grass” frosting (using Wilton grass tip #233), and topped with Annie’s vanilla bunny cookies
- ‘Queen of hearts’ raspberry tarts: El Peto tarts (found at Nature’s Emporium)
- ‘Paint the roses’ banana cupcakes: Betty Crocker GF yellow cake mix with organic banana added in, topped with coloured Betty Crocker vanilla “grass” frosting and Goody Good Stuff strawberry cream candies (found at Whole Foods Unionville) that looked like mini white and red roses
- ‘Always tea time’ rice krispie teapots: Rice Krispies brown rice flavour mixed with Kraft Jet-Puffed mini marshmallows and Let’s Do Sprinkels, then cut into teapot shapes using a Wilton teapot cookie cutter
To artfully display these GF treats (yet keep them safely out of the ‘gluten-contaminated’ hands of others at the party), I decorated a tall glass cake stand with blue tulle and a white ‘apron’ to look like Alice’s famous dress (pictured below) and placed ‘for-Eva-and-Mel-only’ signage on top (plus Eva made a “hands off!” announcement before the dessert table was officially “open”). Our family knows better by now, but it’s always best to be safe.
In the end, the shower was a success! Everyone seemed to enjoy the food, desserts, games and company! And most importantly, our guest of honour- adorned in her custom ‘Queen of Hearts’ headband- went home with a smile as big as the Cheshire cat’s!
Check out more of this party on Catch My Party.
“…of late it has become fashionable to make fun of those on their not-medically-required gluten free diets. You might say they asked for it, except for two disturbing facts: first, why is it our business what someone chooses to eat; and second, derision swipes with a broad brush. Those on gluten-free diets for the right reasons – celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity (aka NCGS) – have been caught up in the scorn being heaped.” ~Source: allergicliving.com
Click here to read the full article on AllergicLiving.com, prepared by Gwen Smith.
Chances are that you have heard of the “low-FODMAPs diet,” but do you know what “FODMAPs” really are?” In 1999, Dr. Sue Shepherd developed the low-FODMAP diet as an effective treatment for people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Researchers and physicians have also found the low-FODMAPs diet to be beneficial for people diagnosed with celiac disease who continue to experience gastrointestinal symptoms despite living gluten-free. More recently, research has suggested that FODMAPs, not gluten, may actually be to blame for the digestive issues experienced in non-celiac gluten sensitivity patients.
Join the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness for a free webinar on Wednesday, March 26, 8:30 p.m. EDT/5:30 p.m. PDT, as they learn about this groundbreaking research and get the facts from Sue Shepherd, PhD, Senior Lecturer at La Trobe University Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition and Director of Shepherd Works P/L.
“Celiac disease, gluten intolerance and irritable bowel syndrome are on the rise worldwide, and that rise has taken place in parallel with the increased use of glyphosate (Roundup) herbicide, shows a new US peer-reviewed paper from Dr. Anthony Samsel and Dr. Stephanie Seneff. The review has been published in the Journal of Interdisciplinary Toxicology.” ~Source: SustainablePulse.com (2014)
Read the full review paper, “Glyphosate, pathways to modern diseases II: Celiac sprue and gluten intolerance”, by Dr. Anthony Samsel and Dr. Stephanie Seneff.