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Gluten Free Rice Types

Brown rice is the entire rice grain with only the hull removed. The nutritious bran and germ remain intact, giving brown rice a nutty flavor and firm texture. Brown rice requires a longer cooking time but it’s worth it as it’s full of protein, antioxidants, vitamin E, selenium, fiber and magnesium. Slower to digest, it doesn’t spike blood sugar levels. In 2008, brown rice was added to the FDA-approved list of whole grains that can make health claims, including reducing the risk of heart disease and some cancers. Thankfully, unpolished brown rice has made the jump from health food stores to supermarkets so it’s easy to find.

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Food-Allergic Children and Their Emotional Wellbeing

Four-year-old Daniel Clowes sat quietly by himself, alone in a schoolroom full of excited preschoolers. The class was happily celebrating a birthday and everyone was digging into colorful cupcakes piled high with frosting and sprinkles. Everyone except Daniel. Instead, the teacher handed him a bag of gluten-free pretzels and a bottle of water. The doleful look on Daniel's face told his mother all she needed to know about how he was feeling. This was one experience for Daniel, now 8, who's allergic to milk, wheat, egg, tree nuts and peanuts. All youngsters with anaphylactic allergies encounter similar scenarios countless times throughout their childhood.

Rice Is Nice

Rice, an ancient food staple for billions, is unquestionably the planet’s most important plant. Cheap, plentiful and satiating, Oryza sativa appears in a staggering assortment of shapes, sizes and eye-popping colors and continues to inspire some of the finest culinary creations around the world. In many cultures, this humble, gracefully curved grain symbolizes prosperity, beauty and fertility (hence the custom of tossing rice at newly wedded couples). The verb “to eat” is “to eat rice” in some Asian cultures. Save for Antarctica, rice grows on every continent in more than 100 countries. Today, the United States produces more rice than ever before, about 19 billion pounds to be precise, with California and Arkansas leading the way. Though other gluten-free grains, like in-vogue quinoa and amaranth, are getting to be the rage these days, rice remains a nutritious powerhouse for a number of reasons. Easy to digest, rice (especially whole-grain brown rice) has the highest content of B vitamins of any grain and provides a healthy dose of fiber, vitamin E, potassium, zinc, iron, complex carbohydrates and amino acids. Pair it with beans and you have a complete protein. In the United States where rice is not an everyday food for most, allergic reactions are less common.

Back to School: Tips for your Food-Allergic Child

Most mothers feel a little trepidation when their children start school for the very first time but Terri Esterowitz, MD, had a lot more than the jitters when she prepared her little girl for kindergarten. Understandably so. Her daughter Ellie has life-threatening allergies and Esterowitz knew that sending the 6-year-old into class was introducing her to a whole new world of risk.

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