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Shelley Case, RD

Dining Gluten-Free: Tips and Where Gluten Hides

By Shelley Case, RD

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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Laurie Harada

‘Oh Waiter…’ An Allergic Child Learns to Dine Out

By Laurie Harada

There I was again, reeling off the list of foods which my son, Julian, had to avoid because of his allergies to peanuts, nuts, shellfish, chick peas, split peas and soy. He was 6 years old at the time and we were dining at a restaurant, one of many during a week-long vacation in Florida. …

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Shelley Case, RD

Will a Small Amount of Gluten Be Harmful?

By Shelley Case, RD

Q. How closely do I need to follow the gluten-free diet? Will a little bit of gluten harm me? Shelley Case, RD: The only treatment for celiac disease is a strict gluten-free diet for life. Eliminating gluten will allow the villi  in the small intestine to heal, resulting in improved absorption of nutrients. Over time, …

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Gina Clowes

Allergy-Safe Halloween Treating

By Gina Clowes

As a child, I couldn’t wait for Halloween. Transforming into a princess or superhero was thrilling, and the best part was coming home and dumping my loot onto the kitchen table. As a parent of a food-allergic son, however, I quickly realized that celebrating Halloween could pose a serious health risk. Still, I didn’t want …

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Gwen Smith

No Regs for the Weary

By Gwen Smith

[This article was posted Feb. 11, 2011. On Feb. 14, 2011, the Health Minister announced the regulations would be passed, with an exemption for beer makers.] Like the guest who finally turns up for dinner just as you’re clearing the dessert plates, Canada’s breweries last month showed up to bellyache about the proposed gluten and …

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Laurie Harada

Travel Abroad: Possible After All

By Laurie Harada

They say that music is a universal language. In many ways, so is food. No matter where you travel, people show pride in their heritage and express their emotions through food. As world travelers, my husband, Victor, and I want to expose our children to different cultures. Both of us have worked abroad – he …

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Laurie Harada

The Holiday Snack Tray and Allergies

By Laurie Harada

A few years back, the news media reported the results of a study that found that many nut-allergic children were unable to recognize common nuts. The article prompted mixed reviews from parents of food allergic children. Some were offended by the suggestion that parents, in trying to shield their children from danger, had not taught …

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