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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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What is Dermatitis Herpetiformis?

Q. I’ve been diagnosed with dermatitis herpetiformis. How is it related to celiac disease? A. Dermatitis herpetiformis is a skin disease caused by an intolerance to gluten. It is a form of celiac disease, the inherited autoimmune intestinal disorder that affects between one in 100 and one in 200 people worldwide. Gluten, found in the […]

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What is Quinoa?

Q: I’ve heard that quinoa is a good gluten alternative. But what is it, and what kind of dishes would I use it in? A: Quinoa (pronounced “keen-wah”) was a staple of the Incas who called it “the mother grain”. It is not actually a grain but a seed from a broad-leafed plant that is […]

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What is Celiac Disease?

Q: I have been hearing more about celiac disease, and wonder if I may have it. What exactly is celiac, and how is it diagnosed? A: Celiac disease, also known as celiac sprue or gluten sensitive enteropathy, is an inherited digestive disorder affecting between one in 100 and one in 200 people worldwide. With this […]

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Vitamins, Minerals & Fibre

Q: I’ve heard many people on a gluten-free diet don’t get enough vitamins, minerals and fibre. How do you avoid this? A: Gluten-free diets can be limited in variety, with white-rice bread, rice cakes, rice crackers and white rice as staples. Also, many commercial gluten-free products such as breads, cereals, pasta and flours are low […]

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Recipe for Flat Bread

Recipe courtesy of Girma Sahlu and Ethiopia Sahlu Makes 1 Loaf/24 Slices Gluten-free Ingredients 2 tbsp (30 mL) yeast (2 packages) 6 1/2 cups (1.6 L) warm water 1 1/2 lbs. (680 kg) teff flour (about 4 1/2 cups or 1 L) Method Dissolve the yeast in 1⁄4 cup (60 mL) water. Combine the teff flour, yeast […]

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Must My Kitchen be Gluten-free?

Q I’m new to celiac disease. Does my whole kitchen need to be gluten-free to prevent cross-contamination? A Following a strict gluten-free diet can be challenging whether you’re away from home or in your own kitchen. While it’s not necessary for everyone in the household to go on a gluten-free diet or to eliminate gluten-containing […]

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GF Diet Without Celiac

Q. Are there health benefits to reducing or eliminating gluten from a diet – even if you don’t have celiac disease? Gluten-free foods are popping up everywhere and the gluten-free diet is being promoted for everything that ails you. In order to separate the “wheat from the chaff” let’s look at the facts. Celiac Disease […]

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Getting Enough Fiber on the Gluten-Free Diet

Q: How do I get enough fiber in a gluten-free diet? A: Eating enough fiber is very important for people with celiac disease. Dietary fiber is the part of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and legumes (dried beans, peas and lentils) that cannot be broken down by the digestive tract. Fiber helps maintain regular […]

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