Celiac: Updates

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Introduction

I've written about Celiac before, I've even written some hubs on gluten free recipes...but sometimes things change and new products appear. Celiacs continue the never ending quest for good, gluten free food. For those new to celiac, Celiac Disease is also called celiac sprue, nontropical sprue, and gluten-sensitive enteropathy. Another fact you may or may not know, gluten is the protein that makes bread rise. It also keeps bread from falling apart and adds to it's flavor. Gluten is found in wheat, rye, and barley. According to theultimateglutenfree.com, "the “gluten” protein in wheat is actually a complex mixture of over 100 closely-related proteins".

Of course, as most celiac's know bread is not the only food containing gluten. If you start looking at labels you'll find that just about everything contains gluten and that's not just food; from medicine to postage stamps, there's gluten!

Udi's Whole Grain Bread

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 2 0z
Calories 140
Calories from Fat36
% Daily Value *
Fat 4 g6%
Saturated fat 0 g
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 22 g7%
Sugar 2 g
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 3 g6%
Cholesterol 0 mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
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Gluten Free Products; Newer Ones on the Market

One of the greatest gluten free products to hit the market certainly has to be gluten free Bisquick. I don't know about you, but before I had celiac I used Bisquick frequently. The nice thing about this gluten free product is all the things you can make with it without having to add Xanthan gum or two or three different types of flour, they are already there. The ingredients for the Gluten-Free Bisquick are: Rice Flour, Sugar, Leavening (baking soda, sodium aluminum phosphate, monocalcium phosphate), Modified Potato Starch, Salt, Xanthan Gum.

Now you can make pizza crust, and pancakes! Be careful though, not all of your old recipes with Bisquick will work with GF Bisquick as there is no shortening in GF Bisquick like there is in regular Bisquick.

Another great, fairly new product is King Arthur's gluten free flour. I used this flour to make the pop-over recipe on the box and thought I was in heaven. The pop-overs were extraordinarily good! I also used the biscuit recipe on the box to make dumplings and everyone loved them...even those who aren't on GF diets. This flour, according to kingarthurflour.com is a blend of white rice and whole-grain (brown) rice flours, tapioca starch, and potato starch.

I mentioned Udi's white bread in my former hub but since then Udi's has come out with a Whole Grain Bread...you read that right, a GF WHOLE GRAIN bread! Unbelievable, and good too. Udi's bread is gluten free, dairy free, soy free, and nut free! Udisglutenfree.com often has special offers, like a $1.00 off coupon on any Udi's product. Of course, like all GF products a loaf of Udi's bread is not cheap (neither is GF Bisquick) but we are over the proverbial barrel. If we want to eat well and we want it to taste good, we have to pay the price! Just FYI, Udi's is manufactured in Denver, Colorado. (Turkey time...stuffing could be made with Udi's bread...just saying.)

If you live in Canada, I just read that Pizza 73 with 72 locations in Canada has just added a gluten free menu with four new pizzas!! Dominio's Pizza began offering GF pizza in the US several months ago and is now offering it in the UK.

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Gluten Free: What's happening in Politics and Research

If you have Celiac Disease or are on a strict gluten free diet for any other health reason you must know there are many medications on the market that contain gluten. Well, Representative Timothy Ryan has proposed a bill, H.R. 4972: Gluten in Medicine Identification Act of 2012 that amends the current Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to include a statement identifying any 'gluten' ingredient, or any ingredient derived from, a grain or starch-containing ingredient. Right now you know it may be in your medication but not all medications' labels list gluten. It seems Rep. Ryan's action was prompted by a Mayo Clinic study that found Celiac Disease has increased four times in the last decade.

This bill was introduced in April 2012 and sent to committee but nothing else has happened as it waits in committee. The Bill is endorsed by: Celiac Sprue Association, Gluten Intolerance Group, American Celiac Disease Alliance, National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, and Celiac Disease Foundation. Good luck to this bill, it would be a great help!

Another political move of interest is a petition that was filed on the "We the People" website requesting a standard definition of "gluten-free". Apparently the petition was filed by Jennifer Iscol, President of the Celiac Community Foundation of Northern California and now has the required 25,000 signatures. With that amount of signatures, the White House must answer the petition. This would finely provide a 'standard' of what gluten free is exactly and others would then know when referring to it on labels, and in general. Different people have different perceptions of gluten and what gluten free actually is. Making something in a kitchen with wheat containing products does not qualify something as gluten free.

On to Research; researchers are working on a drug that will detoxify gluten before it reaches the intestine....not a cure but something that would make gluten tolerable. Research continues on trying to get a better understanding of celiac itself.

There are cosmetic companies 'deleting' gluten from their products, and others that will provide you with a list of products containing gluten.

Research continues on the possible link between Celiac Disease and ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). It seems there is a higher incidence of celiac among those tested, who have ADHD. However it also seems some of the studies only contain small amounts of subjects so their validity is in question. However, this area of research continues and hopefully further studies will be more conclusive. Research has further shown a gluten free diet may help some children with a certain type of autism, ASD (autism spectrum disorder). Apparently children with this diagnosis also have gastrointestinal issues and it is now believed the cause could be gluten.

What about those people going to GF to lose weight? Well, according to the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, in a paper, "Gluten-Free Diet: Imprudent Dietary Advice for the General Population?" authored by Arizona State University professor and researcher, Glenn Gaesser, PhD, many gluten free products actually contain more sugar than their gluten containing alternatives....no weight loss there!

One last point before I leave you, celiac is hereditary so family members should be tested, especially since the symptoms of celiac often go unnoticed or misdiagnosed.

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Celiac Organizations

If you want to keep up-to-date on what's happening with gluten free products and/or celiac disease there are many organizations now listed on the Internet;

American Celiac Disease Alliance
American Celiac Society
Celiac Disease Foundation
Celia Sprue Association
Celiac Central
National Foundation for Celiac Awareness
R.O.C.K. (Raising Our Celiac Kids
Gluten Intolerance Group of North America

For those of us with Celiac Disease it is a never ending battle to stay gluten-free and try to eat well. Fruits and vegetables are acceptable but if you're like me, you miss your bread products...new foods are being introduced almost daily and more and more restaurants are offering gluten-free items on their menus.

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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

Though I don't have this disease I know many who do. I remember back years ago I had a friend with this condition and it was rare or not diagnosed at that time. Today there are so many new labels for conditions. This sounds like some great products and I will feature on facebook to get the word out.


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JayeWisdom 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

My adult daughter was diagnosed with celiac disease when she was a young child. Back then, it was very difficult to feed her gluten-free food because almost anything packaged contained gluten. I had to learn all the terms used on labels that meant a product had gluten. Instead of a birthday cake made with flour, she had birthday fudge and homemade ice cream. It was quite a challenge to ensure she got the nutrients she needed yet avoided all gluten.

I'm very pleased about all the gluten-free products available these days that make it easier for my daughter and others with celiac.

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

I'm one of those who is not affected by this but find it very interesting. Great information, Mary, and very well-presented.

This is a popular topic of late; between you and Kelley I know oodles more than I ever did before.

Well done my friend!


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diogenes 4 years ago from UK and Mexico

I keep most bread (flour) products out of the house for other reasons...I like them too much!!! Crusty bread, butter and cheese are my downfall!

This is a well written and informative article, of use to many people.

Bob


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Much has changed in the ten years I have been diagnosed with it Carol. It gets somewhat easier.

Jaye, I cannot imagine what you went through with a young daughter trying to find the right foods, especially back a few years! Thank you for sharing

Bill, we just want to keep you up to date on all the things going on around you ;)

Bob, I know what you mean....the crusty bread is what I miss the most!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Til.....I did not know this about you, gf. Haven't had a chance to check...but was your hub telling about having celiac disease written long ago? I can't imagine I missed one of your hubs in the last 10 months.....

You poor girl...What I understand about this is that there is so little you can eat.

It's good to know that companies are wising up and making more and more gluten-free products. Just last night, on some program, I was watching, was a story of a beautiful actress...her first name is Jennifer....and she was talking about how severe her celiac is and how it has effected her life and career. ...maybe you are familiar with who I'm referring to?

I recall that I was watching the View, when Elizabeth talked about celiac and introduced her cook book. It is said that a gluten-free diet is actually a very healthy one for anyone......especially people who seem to have stomach issues......which I do have. I wonder if I should give this diet a try?....

Thanks for this valuable info, Til!...........UP+++


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

So very interesting and here's to so many more hubs for us both to share on here.

Eddy.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

No GF, this is a new hub. I wrote other hubs about celiac in the past, you did not miss one of my hubs in the last 10 months, you've been the absolute best!

There aren't many foods I can't eat but I CAN still eat chocolate so that makes it ok ;) My older hub (I think) mentions other issues.

Yes, more actresses are coming forward, more cookbooks are coming out....I know a few people who have tried it for stomach problems and it has helped. It certainly won't hurt you but it can be difficult to do at times, especially if you go out to eat, but, if you're like me, that's not very often. You are most welcome for the info. Any questions, let me know!

Eddy, I most certainly hope you're right and we're both only just beginning :)


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

LOL...."out to eat?" You mean, during the warm months, when we eat on the deck?


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

But of course Effer, I'd be afraid I'd fade away in the cold!!!


Lesleysherwood 4 years ago

Hi Mary. I'm definitely bookmarking this hub to refer back to. We eat gluten free products in this house and find it so expensive. I have tried baking my own bread, but it all falls apart. I'm going to look out for that product Bisquick. Very informative and well written, thank you.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Its not easy eating gluten free. Hope you find and enjoy the Bisquick Lesley!


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Good Morning Mary - Very informative and very well written. Seems like more and more people have gluten or lactose, or both, allergies. I can only imagine all the work that goes into maintaining a gluten free diet.

My eight year old granddaughter was diagnosed lactose intolerant three months ago and we are still learning how to cook for her. Great Hub. Sharing. ~~Theresa


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

I understand the lactose intolerance as mine showed up with the Celiac. It is definitely a challenge and I always feel badly for children put in this position. Lactose and gluten are everywhere and it is so difficult for kids...they can't eat the 'regular' cupcake! Pizza's an issue too...its not easy. Best of luck to you and your granddaughter! Thanks for sharing Theresa. Hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving.


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

I know I don't have Celiac, because I eat everything I can, but in moderation. Gluten free aisles are seeing all over, and even on talk shows. I know that milk by itself causes me some problems lately, so I will have to check on that. Great research and that Bill should be enforced as part of the nutrition facts chart, or on the front label, which I have seen it already. Thanks Mary!


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Thanks Lord. I know the bill is inconvenient for the companies and some other people but for those of us who have to watch what we eat it will be a blessing!

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