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The Celiac Expert
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Are Spices Safe for a Gluten-Free Diet?

Gluten can hide on the spice shelf. But with a little precaution, you can keep your favorite flavors. Herbs and spices have been used in foods and medicines for thou- sands of years by many cultures, and prized for their unique scents and flavors. Fresh or dried leaves, such as basil, dill, parsley, rosemary and thyme, would be examples of herbs. […]

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Injecting Health into the Gluten-Free Diet

Gluten-free food choices are a great thing, but now we need nutrition along with taste. The gluten-free market is exploding with a growing number of widely available specialty products. This is welcome news for those who need to follow a gluten-free diet. But while you rejoice over the many choices available at the supermarket and online, you also need to be aware that […]

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Tips for Healthy Gluten-Free Eating

Steps to follow to ensure you’re getting enough nutrients on the gluten-free diet. Choose naturally gluten-free and nutritious foods such as lean meats, poultry, fish, eggs, nuts, seeds, legumes, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low fat milk and milk products. Increase your intake of whole grains including amaranth, buckwheat, millet, oats, quinoa, sorghum, teff and rice (black, brown, […]

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Teff: A Surprising Addition to the Gluten-Free Diet

Teff, a major cereal crop of Ethiopia, is the smallest of all grains in the world. About 100 to 150 teff grains equal the size of one wheat kernel. Teff grains range in color from milky white to almost black. White, red and brown varieties are the most common types found in Ethiopia, while brown […]

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Canadian Survey of Gluten in Spices

In my column in the Fall 2013 issue of Allergic Living magazine, I tackle the issue of whether spices are safe on the gluten-free diet. In it, I note that spices do not usually contain gluten of themselves, but manufacturing practices are important to avoid cross-contamination with a gluten source. One highly useful reference for my […]

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Gluten-Free Beer: Behind the Labels

The number of beers labeled “gluten-free” has skyrocketed in recent years

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Dining Gluten-Free: Tips and Where Gluten Hides

From national chains to corner coffee shops, eateries of all sizes are dishing up fare for the increasing number of gluten-free patrons. However, there are no guarantees that a restaurant will deliver on a gluten-free commitment. The responsibility to eat safely is still up to the diner. Navigate the gluten-free diet while eating out with […]

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Gluten-Free Pasta Brands Analysis

Registered dietitian, celiac disease expert and Allergic Living columnist Shelley Case has created unique and incredibly helpful nutritional comparison charts of the most popular gluten-free pasta brands. Find out which ones are enriched with vitamins, fiber, iron and protein in the charts below. Print them and bring them along the next time you go grocery […]

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Whole Grains: Get Enough on the Gluten-Free Diet

When you follow a gluten-free diet, it’s important to realize that all cereals are not the enemy. In fact, gluten-free whole grains are superb for your diet and essential to good health. Studies show that those who regularly eat whole grains have lower cholesterol levels, reduced risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, cancer […]

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Cooking Whole Grains on Gluten-Free Diet

Whole grains are an important part of the gluten-free diet since they contain nutrients such as B vitamins, vitamin E, iron, magnesium, fiber, protein, antioxidants and phytochemicals (naturally occurring plant chemicals). Regular consumption of whole grains can lower the risk of heart disease, stroke, Type 2 diabetes and certain cancers. They also play a role […]

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