Spread the Word about the Celiac Bill of Rights

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.

Gluten- and Allergy-Free Expo Coming to Chicago

The Gluten- and Allergy-Free Expo is coming to Chicago April 14th and 15th, presented by Living Without.

  • Over 100 Gluten-free Vendors
  • Peanut/Nut-free Area
  • Cooking Classes
  • Purchase and Sample Products
  • Kids Area
  • Food Blogger Event

For more information, visit gfafexpo.com.

What’s the Difference: Wheat Allergy, Gluten Intolerance, Gluten Sensitivity

The following excerpt was published as part of a fantastic piece entitled, ‘Celiac Disease: Myth-busting answers to your questions about life without gluten,’ by Scientific writer and Co-author of ‘Celiac Disease, A Hidden Epidemic,’ Rory Jones.

“Wheat allergy occurs when the body produces antibodies (usually IgE) in response to wheat (i.e., – gluten, the protein found in wheat). These antibodies circulate throughout the bloodstream, triggering an immune response (an allergic reaction), which occurs within seconds or up to several hours after ingestiion.

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“Are You Anxious?”

“Did you know that gluten can prompt anxiety in certain people? The psychological implications of ingesting gluten in those with gluten sensitivity and celiac disease are not well known by the general public. Yet celiac experts report a connection between eating gluten and experiencing mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, mood disorders, cognitive problems and even autistic behaviors.”

Read the full article, prepared by Living Without Editor, Alicia Woodward.

“Making Sense of the Gluten-Free Trend”

Here is an interesting article on the gluten-free “trend,” prepared by the Hartman Group:

There is little question that consumer interest in gluten-free eating habits—as well as gluten-free products—is on the rise. While many marketers have estimated 15% to 25% of U.S. consumers are interested in gluten-free products, our own research concludes that the number is 13.2%, or about 40 million people1. While this is currently a sizeable marketplace, important questions remain regarding long-term opportunity. Is gluten-free an enduring trend with serious legs? Or, alternately, is our collective interest in gluten-free merely a passing fancy much like low-carb dieting? Likewise, while there is no question that sales of gluten-free products are experiencing rapid growth, one must remember that any new category experiences such growth. It’s easy to generate impressive growth results when you start from zero.

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