New Study Gives Kids with Peanut Allergies Some Relief

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Many children with peanut allergies who were fed small but escalating amounts of peanut flour were eventually able to eat a significant quantity of peanuts with no reaction, a new study has found.

Six months after the treatment started, more than 80% of the children in the trial could safely eat the equivalent of five peanuts a day. That is at least 25 times the quantity of peanut protein that they could tolerate before the therapy.  Continue reading

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Gluten-free Girl Scout Cookies!

girl-scout-cookies-2From the LA Times:

Delaney Paterno has been a Girl Scout for five years, but only this year has she tasted any of the cookies she works so hard to sell.

That’s because she was diagnosed with celiac disease as a toddler, and gluten — found in wheat, barley and rye — makes her sick. But this year, the Girl Scouts are selling one flavor of gluten-free cookies as a pilot project.

“They’re actually very good,” Delaney, 9, said Sunday by phone from her home in Doylestown, Pa. Her Girl Scout council, the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania, is one of the 20 testing the cookies. Delaney said she hopes to sell 100 boxes of cookies this year, including many of the new gluten-free treats.

Her mother, Jennifer, also has celiac disease and seconds her daughter’s opinion of the cookies. “My husband says you can’t tell the difference” between these and cookies made with wheat flour, she said.

Girl Scouts in Los Angeles won’t be selling the gluten-free cookies, but those in Orange County will, along with several other councils.

The new cookies are bite-sized chocolate chip shortbread and come in a resealable bag with a photo on the front of a girl rock climbing.

For fhis first year, at least, they’re being sold only at the tables the scouts set up outside stores, train stations and other highly trafficked spots. National Girl Scouts Cookie Weekend officially kicks off  Feb. 7, and Orange County scouts are set to start selling from tables Feb. 16.

The cookies are made by ABC Bakers in Virginia, one of two companies that make the scouts’ cookies.

“Considering all the food allergies in children and adults, the Girl Scouts asked the company to consider a gluten-free cookie,” said Stewart Goodbody, spokesperson for the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A.

The cookies have 150 calories for four cookies. They’re made with butter, sugar, rice and tapioca flour, chocolate chips, and other ingredients.

Generally, the scouts offer one new flavor a year; for most of the 112 councils, that will be a cranberry citrus cookie. The scouts’ cookie sales are billed as the world’s largest girl-run business, bringing in an estimated $790 million

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Gluten-free grains and Quinoa LUV

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One potential pitfall of going gluten-free can be to stop getting enough whole grains in your diet. Whole grains play an important part of a balanced diet, and when eaten regularly and in moderation, can be helpful in lowering the risk of heart disease, diabetes and certain cancers due to their disease-fighting phytochemicals, antioxidants and fiber. Once you cut out gluten-filled pasta and bread, it may seem like all hope would be lost for finding other tasty sources of whole grains. But fear not, the grains listed below are all gluten-free and contain way more health benefits than wheat, rye and barley.  One of these grains in particular (you guessed it), quinoa, takes the cake for us, but more to come on that below.  Continue reading

Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Bowls (GF)

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What a great idea for a naturally gluten-free but decadent winter meal. It’s easy AND the dish-washing is easy since you can just toss the dish (i.e. the outside of the squash). I love working with spaghetti squash and still feel like it’s magic every time those strands of pasta-like squash start coming apart just at a gentle tug of a fork. A diabetic and gluten-free foodie’s dream come true!
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Juice Cleanse Diary

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It’s January, and in the last 3 days I’ve met 3 people who are doing some sort of cleanse – be it juice, food, or soup-based. Keep in mind I’m in LA so that kind of thing isn’t that uncommon around here. But still, cold-pressed juice is becoming more and more popular across the country, and the benefits of intermittent fasting are also being explored more in scientific research. Cleansing for a few days can be a great way to reset both your body and your mind, and to give your digestive system a break. It’s my go-to when I’ve been glutened (or dairy-ed, if that’s a word) to help to clean out my system. Cleansing or fasting also may have the added benefit of changing your perspective on food and your relationship to food, as it did for me. As you’ll see from this diary I kept while doing a 3-day juice cleanse, food is a huge part of my life, and I have a lot of habitual patterns as well as emotions tied up in food. But by keeping this diary, I was able to observe my thoughts and practice putting it all in perspective and coming back to

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Gluten Free Lammsbräu Pure Lager Arrives in the United States

From Brewbound

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Kingston, MA – In December, gluten-conscious beer drinkers will enjoy a delicious new option at last: Lammsbräu Pure Lager, a refreshing, Pilsner from Germany that is handcrafted to remove gluten.  Unlike most gluten-removed beers, typically brewed from sorghum or millet, Lammsbräu Pure Lager is fully organic, brewed with all-natural barley malt and hops. Continue reading