Food and health organisations have made life easier for people who live with food allergies. Here in Canada, the most common food allergies must be labelled on products in a way that’s fast and easy for consumers to understand. However, in a world where every bit of a product is used, labels aren’t always enough. In […]
The trend for gluten-free diets cannot be ignored. In fact, based on the wide availability of gluten-free foods, you’d be forgiven for thinking we’re in the middle of a gluten intolerance epidemic. But with all the conflicting information on gluten and the disorders it causes, how do you know what’s real?
During the holiday season, opportunities for drinking one (or a few) drinks increase. These occasions can be a source of concern for people who follow a gluten-free diet because gluten can be hidden in alcoholic drinks! So, if you or any of your loved ones are suffering from celiac disease and should avoid gluten, it […]
Quinoa has become a popular alternative “grain” but did you know that it’s not a grain at all? It’s technically the seed of a flat-leafed plant, not a grass. However, the seeds are versatile and can be used in many different preparations as a replacement for traditional flour and grains like rice. It’s great news […]
This is a frequently asked question, especially after the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) published its report on gluten in ground spices in 2011. According to this report, it is prohibited to add gluten in pre-packaged ground spices and these shouldn’t include any other ingredients (according to the Food and Drug Regulations (FDR)). If gluten […]
For the past four years, I have wanted to request CBC Marketplace do an expose on the increasingly popular, “food sensitivity tests”. These blood tests cost around $500-$700 and screen over 250 different foods to determine which foods you are “sensitive” to. Awareness needs to be raised as millions of well-intentioned consumers are being swindled by […]
Over the last 10 years, many scientists have delved into the question of whether patients affected by celiac disease can consume sourdough bread. Recently, the author and activist Michael Pollan spoke of it in an episode of Netflix’s “Cooked” series. Following that, many newspapers have addressed the topic. In this article, I review this subject […]
Gluten-free diets have been gaining popularity over the past few years due to the fact that they often help alleviate gastrointestinal symptoms. Those with Celiac Disease must avoid not only wheat, but also other grains, which can make it especially difficult to find easy, delicious recipes. A gluten-free diet can also help those with IBS, […]
The prevalence of gluten-related disorders has quadrupled in North America. Nearly 10% of the population is at risk of being affected by a gluten-related disorder, which is a serious public health issue according to Dr. Idris Saïah, immunologist and researcher at CHU Sainte-Justine.
There are many examples of families who have tried removing gluten and casein from their autistic child’s diet. However, results are mixed, as much from a scientific point of view as in practice. In this article, I’ll give a brief overview of autism and then I’ll tell you about the gluten-free casein-free (GFCF) diet and […]
We’ve all come across people who have banned gluten from their diet, and felt all the better for doing so. You’ve perhaps already done so yourself and you are not the only one! According to a recent survey in Australia, nearly 10% of the population follows a gluten-free diet, while only 1% of the population […]
The prospects of entertaining friends and family increase during the holiday season. But when food allergies pop up, it’s not always easy to know how to react. How can you customise meals to satisfy the special requirements of allergic people? Here are some tips to help you entertain your an allergic guest in a hassle-free […]