Dec/Jan 2011

Features

Full of Beans

Most Americans don’t consider beans part of their everyday fare. The lowbrow legume isn’t prominent on many restaurant menus or buffet tables. Yet beans, also known as pulses, provide an essential source of daily nourishment for millions of people around the globe.   More...

Slim, Trim...and Healthy

Losing weight is a daunting proposition for most. Throw in a special diet and the challenge is compounded. People diagnosed with celiac disease tend to puton weight after going gluten free. The primary reason? The body absorbs more calories and nutrients as the gut heals. Another reason why celiacs and those allergic to wheat, eggs, soy or dairy gain unwanted pounds is simply because forbidden foods hold more appeal.   More...

A Celiac Pill

Subscribers Only — A university dietitian helped arrange for a selection of gluten-free cereals, yogurt, plain chicken and veggies for Simon in the main cafeteria but she still felt she was missing out. Her options were bland and limited. She knew college presented a special set of challenges—but she suspected the diet would always be socially inconvenient. Would there ever be another way to treat celiac disease?   More...

Special Diets: Visit Atlanta

Subscribers Only — The thought of traveling can be intimidating for those of us with celiac disease and food allergies. Anxiety about meal planning and being away from the safety of our own kitchens can often deter us from hopping in the car or boarding a plane and exploring a new city. While these fears will never completely disappear, the good news is that more places around the United States are making moves to accommodate us. There are geographic pockets—vacation spots like Disney World and cities like New York—known for their progressive stance on dietary restrictions. As awareness increases, other areas—like Atlanta—are becoming more friendly to those with special dietary needs.   More...

Ease Off the Gas

Subscribers Only — Beans offer noteworthy nutrients and health benefits, in addition to great gluten-free flavor and versatility. Yet people tend to shy away from eating beans because of their bad rap for being noisemakers. Beans contain natural oligosaccharides--a sugar that's are difficult for the human body to break down and digest. As a result, this sugar moves to the large intestine where it’s then digested by bacteria, causing flatulence. To prevent the side effects, dietitian Elizabeth Somer offers this advice.   More...

Eating Out

Subscribers Only — Looking for Gluten Free? Here’s help for gluten-free restaurant dining while traveling.   More...