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Is There Gluten in Your Probiotics?
(Part 2)

As promised, we’re continuing to dig deeper into the issue of gluten contamination in probiotics. A lot of us with celiac disease and gluten sensitivity take probiotics for digestive health. Concerns were first raised after a small study presented in May 2015 at the annual Digestive Diseases Week meeting reported there may be trace amounts of gluten in some probiotics. In this study, researchers sampled 22 popular probiotic brands, including 15 that were labeled gluten-free. Half of them contained detectable amounts of gluten, with two brands containing more than 20 parts per million (ppm) of gluten, the threshold set by FDA for gluten-free labeling.   More...

Is There Gluten in Your Probiotics?
(Part 1)

A small study presented earlier this month at the annual Digestive Diseases Week meeting reports there may be trace amounts of gluten in some probiotics. A lot of people with celiac disease and gluten sensitivity take probiotic supplements for digestive health. In this study, researchers sampled 22 popular probiotic brands, including 15 that were labeled gluten-free. Half of them contained detectable amounts of gluten, with two brands containing more than 20 parts per million (ppm) of gluten, the threshold set by FDA for gluten-free labeling.   More...

Celiac Disease By the Numbers

How many people in the U.S. have celiac disease? How long does a proper diagnosis take? What percentage of Americans have celiac disease but are undiagnosed? We have answers to those questions and more in our “By the Numbers” chart. First, for newly diagnosed who happen upon this page: What is celiac disease? Simply put, celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that can occur in genetically predisposed people where the ingestion of gluten leads to damage of the small intestine. Gluten is a protein found in…   More...

Food Allergy Woes: "Searching for a Cure"

Henry Ehrlich, co-author of Asthma Allergies Children: A Parent’s Guide and editor of AsthmaAllergiesChildren.com, has been exploring the work of Xiu-Min Li, MD, and her use of traditional Chinese medicine to treat people with food allergies. Li has developed Food Allergy Herbal Formula-2 (FAHF-2) at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, where she is professor of pediatrics, allergy and immunology. …   More...

Is There Gluten in Your Probiotics?
(Part 3)

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been digging into the issue of gluten contamination in probiotics. Concerns were first raised after a small study presented at the annual Digestive Diseases Week meeting in May 2015 reported that there could be trace amounts of gluten in some probiotics. In this study, researchers sampled 22 popular probiotic brands, including 15 that were labeled gluten-free. Half of them contained detectable amounts of gluten, with two brands containing more than 20 ppm of gluten, the threshold set by FDA for gluten-free labeling.   More...

Reader Recipe Favorites:
12 Best Gluten-Free Dessert Recipes

Anyone who manages a gluten-free diet likely has go-to recipes, including dessert selections. But there’s always room for more, right? With that in mind, we have compiled a list of 12 reader favorites: the best gluten-free dessert recipes. This page is your directory to those recipes. Enjoy!   More...

Snack Time!
12 Best Gluten-Free Snack Recipes

If you’re on a strict gluten-free diet, you can’t let your guard down even when you need a boost from a mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack. No problem: Your fellow readers rank these dozen recipes as ideal go-to sources of energy. Read on to discover the 12 best gluten-free snack recipes....   More...

Breakfast Dishes We Love:
12 Best Gluten-Free Recipes

Anyone on a special diet may find it challenging to conjure up a healthy and tasty breakfast, but it doesn’t have to be. Consider the 12 easy-to-prepare gluten-free recipes that our readers rank as their favorite breakfast dishes. Mix and match per your taste.   More...

Gluten-Free at Walmart!

Retail giant Walmart is now selling gluten-free products with its usual price savings, a huge win for our community.   More...

Reader Recipe Favorites: 12 Best Gluten-Free Breads to Bake

If you’re on a gluten-free diet, including bread in your meals can be a bit more challenging than picking up a traditional loaf at a local bakery. But with just a little extra time—and the right recipe—you’ll be enjoying gluten-free bread whenever you want. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of the 12 best gluten-free bread recipes, as ranked by our readers. To give you some variety, we’ve included related items like tortillas, rolls, and baguettes.   More...

Vitamins & Minerals: Supplementing a Gluten-Free Diet

The typical gluten-free diet may be high in unhealthy fat, low in carbohydrates and fiber, and low in iron, folate, niacin, vitamin B12, calcium, phosphorus and zinc, says Tricia Thompson, MS, RD, founder of GlutenFreeWatchdog.org. The first step to improving nutritional adequacy, she says, is to improve the quality of a patient’s dietary intake by eating gluten-free whole grains like amaranth, buckwheat, quinoa and millet, and then, if necessary, to take a multivitamin and mineral…   More...

Kids, Allergies and Gluten Sensitivity

Dietitians are key partners for parents when their children are diagnosed with a food allergy, new research shows. A group of mothers who took part in focus groups revealed that the time immediately after a food allergy diagnosis was the most anxiety-provoking. But as moms worked with dietitians, they grew to better understand their child’s food allergy and learned how to keep their youngster safe. …   More...

Food Labels: Know the Lingo

The sweeping legislation known as FALCPA, the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004, requires clear labeling of the top eight allergens: milk, eggs, tree nuts, peanuts, fish, shellfish, soy and wheat. Thus, all food containing wheat must declare it on the label.   More...