Newsweek Shines the Spotlight on Gluten-Free Eating
In an article called Waiter, Please Hold the Wheat, Newsweek magazine recently explored the topic of celiac disease and gluten-free eating. One of the magazine's conclusions: eating gluten free is getting easier, and gluten-free bloggers can help.
The article starts with the story of Alice Bast, who battled an array of baffling symptoms and saw 22 doctors before a veterinarian friend finally suggested she be tested for celiac. She later decided to create the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness in 2003 in hopes that others could avoid the years of suffering she endured.
Newsweek goes on to outline the wide array of symptoms of celiac disease, a condition that still often goes undiagnosed, even though it is estimated that 1 in 133 Americans may suffer from it and a blood test to test for the antibody has been available since 2000. Current research by Dr. Peter Green, director of the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University is showing that celiac disease is not just a severe allergic to wheat and gluten, but also an auto immune disorder that can harm many parts of the body, so early identification is crucial.
Once you have confirmed the diagnosis, you should be prepared to spend the rest of your life avoiding hidden gluten in foods. But Newsweek claims that "living gluten-free has never been easier." More and more gluten-free products are available in stores and restaurants.
There's no doubt that help is available on the web. Newsweek mentions Gluten-Free Girl Shauna James Ahern, whose book on living Gluten-Free will be released soon, and whose blog contains a list of Gluten-Free Recipes.
Another blogger getting a big-time nod from Newsweek was Karina's Kitchen - Recipes from a Gluten Free Goddess, who has a list of over 200 creative Gluten Free Recipes. Both these blogs are the source of great ideas for eating gluten-free.
Here are some other online resources that might also be helpful. If you know someone who's trying to avoid gluten in their diet, these are places on the web that can offer a lot of suggestions:
Blogs Can Help with Gluten-Free Cooking and Baking, my earlier post on Blogher.
Spotlight on Gluten-Free Food Blogs from Simply Recipes (includes a custom search engine to search Gluten-Free blogs.) If you have a gluten-free blog that's not listed, Elise is inviting you to leave your url in the comments.
Karina's Kitchen page of links to Gluten-Free information, resources and a large list of more gluten-free bloggers
Gluten Free Bay's great collection of recipe roundups for various holidays, all featuring gluten-free recipes.
Glutenfree.com is an online spot to order gluten-free food products.
Glutenfreerestaurants.org is a site that allows you to search by zip code to find gluten-free restaurants in your area.
If you have a Gluten-free blog or know other good sites that aren't mentioned here, please feel free to leave your links in the comments.
Blogher Food Editor Kalyn Denny also blogs at Kalyn's Kitchen.
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