August 9, 2014

3 Gluten-Free Summertime Brunch Ideas that Frankly Rock the House

Gluten Free Pumpkin Pancakes

The topic of gluten-intolerance has been in the news a lot lately, and if you’re like me, you know people struggling with celiac’s disease or with some less chronic sensitivities to gluten. Having friends and family struggling with these conditions can make getting together for summer breakfasts and brunches a little awkward. Given that so many traditional breakfast items are loaded with glutens, one is left with either making several different breakfasts to accommodate the various dietary restrictions of one’s guests or, even worse, forcing gluten-sensitive guests to feel left out by showing up with their own breakfasts-for-one.

What a dilemma! Well, I think I’ve got an answer. Or three delectable answers, to be a bit more precise. Read the rest of this entry »

August 6, 2014

Everything You Need to Know About the New Gluten-Free Labeling Rules

One year ago, after considerable public (and no doubt even more backroom) debate, the FDA ruled that U.S. food manufacturers had twelve months to adhere to stricter labeling requirements for products claiming to be “gluten-free.” The move was hailed as a major victory by some health and nutrition activists; it was cited as an example of bureaucratic foot-dragging by others. Either way, the ruling gave manufacturers twelve months to get themselves compliant with the FDA’s new labeling standards before facing potential regulatory action.

Yesterday, that twelve month period ended and the stricter rules officially came into effect. Which means, the jig us up for FDA rule-breakers and gluten-scammers.

But what exactly are the new rules? And what are their implications? With a little help from the FDA’s most recent statements, here’s what you need to know. Read the rest of this entry »

June 11, 2013

5 Benefits to a Gluten-Free Diet

I have horrible eczema on my hands and when I was searching the web for a way to treat it (something I wouldn’t usually recommend if you’re a hypochondriac like me) I found some interesting information about how eczema can sometimes be treated by following a gluten-free diet. Now, the idea originally sounded horrible to me — I mean how can I possibly live without my fried foods? However, after some research, it seems that living a gluten-free lifestyle can provide more than just skin benefits.

For those of you that don’t know, gluten is a protein that is found in wheat, grains and some cereals. One of gluten’s main roles is to keep certain food’s elasticity undamaged during the fermentation process of food production. A gluten-free diet is usually associated with celiac disease, which is a condition where the small intestine is sensitive to gluten. Recently, people not even suffering from celiac disease are turning to a gluten free diet to reap its advantages.

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February 3, 2012

From My Kitchen: Gluten-Free Chocolate Fudge Walnut Cookies

If you’re looking for an all-natural, healthy alternative to fatty and heavy desserts, this cookie is for you. It’s perfect for Valentine’s Day, and definitely will satisfy your chocolate craving. Rich in texture and uncompromising in flavor, this cookie is both decadent and nutritious. Read the rest of this entry »

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