“Let’s say you’ve been diagnosed with Celiac Disease, gluten intolerance, or a wheat allergy. While the prospect of life without wheat was a hard pill to swallow at first, the bright side was that at least—finally—you’d start feeling better. Now it’s been weeks since you tossed out your pretzels, said goodbye to your morning bagel, and bid adieu to those flaky croissants. So why aren’t you feeling better? Most likely, there’s still some gluten lurking in your diet somewhere under the radar.”
The CFIA is warning people with allergies to wheat and sensitivities to gluten not to consume ‘Healthy Times’ brand Brown Rice Cereal for Baby, as the affected product may contain wheat or gluten which is not declared on the label.
“Frito-Lay, which announced last year that it would place gluten-free labels on certain products, today took its gluten-free initiative one step further: The company says it has developed a gluten-free validation process to test ingredients and finished products to ensure they contain less than the generally accepted ‘gluten-free’ standard of 20 parts per million of gluten.” Read the full article on About.com, prepared by By Jane Anderson.
To serve the growing gluten-free population, GF prepared products are popping up on grocery store shelves in record numbers, but are these products truly safe?
In honour of Celiac Awareness Month, Living Without has drafted a Celiac Bill of Rights: “In the absence of federal labeling regulations, manufacturers can jump on the gluten-free bandwagon without understanding (and addressing) the medical implications of cross contamination. Ingredients may be sourced from plants that don’t adequately scrub their lines or double-check their manufacturing processes… We should be able to rely on the federal government to provide uniform labeling standards. We should be able to rely on manufacturers to produce food products that are safe from gluten contamination and to label them clearly and accurately. We should be able to rely on airlines, buses and trains to accommodate gluten-free travelers.”
Read the full article, prepared by Living Without Editor, Alicia Woodward.
May is Food Allergy Awareness Month in Canada. Anaphylaxis Canada is seeking nominations for “Difference Makers,” people who have improved the lives of those with food allergies. Nominate someone at: anaphylaxis.ca.
The EpiPen Take Action Event is a series of fun, family walk/runs organized in support of the Allergy/Asthma Information Association. This year, the events take place in Ottawa, ON (May 5), Winnipeg, MB (May 12), Brooklin, ON (May 12), Windsor, ON (May 26), and Mississauga, ON (May 27). A substantial portion of the money raised at the events goes to the Canadian Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Foundation (CAIFF) in support of allergy research and patient education. Learn more about participating or donating.
In the United States, Food Allergy Awareness Week takes place from May 13 to 19. The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) is off to Capitol Hill on May 16 in support of the School Access to Epinephrine Act, which “encourages states to adopt laws requiring schools to have ‘stock’ epinephrine auto-injectors on hand that could be used for any student having an anaphylactic reaction.” [Source: Allergic Living]. Some states have already issued proclamations supporting the event. Visit FAAN’s website for a sample proclamation to send to your governor.
This past weekend, I had the chance to pop by the Green Living Show in Toronto and was delighted with the gluten-free options available. Here are some of the GF highlights from my visit:
- Sampling Stickling’s croutons and taking advantage of their 3-for promotion with my favourite pizza crust (see My Favourite GF Things)
- Finally getting a chance to try Zevia’s all-natural, stevia-sweetened soda (the Black Cherry flavour was delicious!)
- Indulging in Giddy Yoyo’s organic DF/nut-free raw chocolate (mmm… mint chocolate)
- Trying ChocoSol’s mini blondie and drinking chocolate
- ‘Inhaling’ LPK’s Culinary Groove’s delicious vegan sweet potato maple-sugar donuts
- Checking out some of the other GF vendors: Larabar, Earth Balance, Hot Mamas, Food Should Taste Good, Whole Foods
Have a favourite moment from your visit that you’d like to share? Drop us a comment below…
“The $4.3 billion global market for gluten-free foods is feeding on a myth of gluten sensitivity that could actually be hurting people with genuine allergies, a new analysis says. “This could be dangerous,” Dr. Gino Roberto Corazza said in an interview with the Annals of Internal Medicine that accompanied the analysis he and Dr. Antonio Di Sabatino did. “Self-prescription of gluten withdrawal inevitably leads to a series of problems,” he said.”
Having to take medication is bad enough… without the possibility of the drug itself making you ill. Unfortunately, some drug manufacturers use gluten as a filler in their products, which affects Celiacs and those with gluten intolerance/sensitivity. Very few drug products are actually labelled ‘gluten-free.’