“From non-GMO to Gluten-Free: Sales of natural products with third party certifications surge in 2012”

“Sales of natural products featuring third party certifications surged in 2012, according to new data from SPINS, with non-GMO project verified products leading the charge (+18%), followed by Fair Trade USA (+17%), Certified Gluten Free (+17%), and Certified B Corporation (+15%).”  ~Source: FoodNavigator-USA.com

Read the full article on FoodNavigator-USA.com, prepared by Elaine Watson.

SAIT Chef Teaches the Art of Gluten-free Cooking

Chef Adrian Jemmett is offering gluten-free cooking classes at SAIT Polytechnic’s Culinary Campus in downtown Calgary: January 18 (5:30-8:30pm) and again on February 8 (5:30-8:30pm).

For more information, or to register for the upcoming Cooking for a Gluten-free Lifestyle courses, visit culinarycampus.ca.

Loblaw Launches Line of PC GF Foods, Certified by the CCA

ST. JOHN’S, Dec. 13, 2012 /CNW/ – TSX: L 

“Loblaw Companies Limited has launched eight PC_GFdelicious President’s® Choice gluten-free products, fully certified by the Canadian Celiac Association’s Gluten-Free Certification Program (GFCP)President’s Choice® gluten-free products are the first private label line in Canada which have met the requirements for certification and are eligible to display the Gluten-Free Certification Program (GFCP) trademark of the Canadian Celiac Association.  The GFCP stands for the independent verification of quality, integrity and purity of products.”

Read the full press release on newswire.ca, including the list of PC gluten-free products.

“Bringing Gluten-free Home for Holidays”

“The holiday season can easily strike fear in the hearts of those on a gluten-free or restricted diet. As if it wasn’t hard enough to avoid gluten during the rest of the year, it can seem downright impossible during the holidays when cookies, pies, and bread are particularly prevalent.”

Read the full article on SimplyGlutenfreeMag.com, with tips from Dr. Vikki Petersen, DC, CCN.
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“GF Beauty: Should You Be Concerned with What’s in Your Products?”

GFbeautyHave you cut gluten out of your diet? If so, you’re part of a growing trend; sales of gluten-free products totaled about $2.6 billion in 2010. Now some beauty companies are also touting products free of the hot-button protein (found in grains like wheat and rye). The question is: If you can’t stomach gluten—either because you have celiac disease or a less severe intolerance—do you really need to avoid it in your moisturizer and shampoo? Not at all, says Sheila Crowe, MD, a gastroenterologist and professor of medicine at the University of California in San Diego. “There’s absolutely no evidence that using a topical product that contains gluten will cause a problem.” One caveat, though: If you’re a lip licker, you could ingest some gluten from a lipstick, gloss, or balm that isn’t gluten-free. So if you have celiac disease, look for lip products without ingredients that include oats, rye, barley, or wheat (such as moisturizing wheat germ oil).

~Source: Life Lift: The Oprah Blog

The above blurb was posted on Oprah’s blog earlier this year. Do you agree with the MD’s statement that using a topical product that contains gluten will not cause a problem? Have you reacted to a beauty product with gluten? Share your thoughts below…

Free Webinar Nov. 14: “How-To Tips on Managing Celiac Disease and Diabetes”

NFCA_WebinarType 1 diabetics are at an increased risk for developing celiac disease, which adds a challenge to an already strict diet. In fact, both celiac disease and diabetes are associated with the HLA-DQ2 and HLA-DQ8 genes and 3-8 % of people with type 1 diabetes will have biopsy-confirmed celiac disease.

Join the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness for a free webinar on Wednesday, November 14, 2pm EST/11am PST (rescheduled from October 31), as they review the research on the link between these two conditions and provide dietitians with strategies on how to successfully treat patients living gluten-free while also needing to manage their diabetes. This webinar features industry expert Laurie A. Higgins, MS, RD, LDN, CDE, Coordinator of Pediatric Nutrition Education & Research, Pediatrics, Adolescent and Young Adult Section at Joslin Clinic.

Register for this free webinar, sponsored by Vitacost.com.

Source: celiaccentral.org/community/

Pop-up GF Marketplace: November 11

THE INAUGURAL ‘GLUTEN FREE GARAGE’ IS POPPING UP WITH 40+ VENDORS!

Date: Sunday November 11, 2012, 10 am – 4 pm

Location: Artscape Wychwood GF_GarageBarns (in the Covered Street Barn): 601 Christie Street (just south of St. Clair Avenue), Toronto

Admission: $10 for adults / free for kids under 12
Pay at the door / Cash only
Many of the vendors are cash only. Come prepared!

“Located on the site of the historic Wychwood streetcar barns at Christie and
St. Clair, the Artscape Wychwood Barns is the perfect venue for our pop-up gluten-free marketplace! The Gluten Free Garage will take place in the bright Covered Street Barn, which is over 7,600 square feet, with a capacity of 650 people. This unique space is home to The Stop Community Food Centre’s Farmers Market every Saturday morning and hosts many other popular foodie events in the city.” ~source: glutenfreegarage.ca/event-details/

For more information, visit glutenfreegarage.ca.

Free Webinar Nov. 13: “GF Holiday How-Tos with Bloggers Extraordinaire”

NFCA_WebinarEach year, Thanksgiving marks the beginning of a season that brings unique challenges to those living gluten-free. Extra careful attention must be paid to the food and drink passed around at holiday parties and ingested at a family’s special gathering.

Join the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness for a free webinar on Tuesday, November 13, 8:30 EST/5:30pm PST, as they turn to two of the gluten-free community’s well-known and trusted bloggers – Silvana Nardone of Silvana’s Kitchen and Easy Eats and Amy Green of Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free – to share tips on eating safe, delicious gluten-free goodies during the 2012 holiday season.

Register for this free webinar, sponsored by Crunchmaster.

Source: celiaccentral.org/community/