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Gluten Free Diet Making you Fat

30 Oct

News Roundup

Well, this was bound to happen: Mainstream media finally is starting to acknowledge one of the hurdles of a gluten free lifestyle–one that many CD patients have to experience and live with on a daily basis: some gluten free foods are heavy in calories and could cause that butt to get bigger! The challenge is, of course, to find gluten free foods that are low calorically but high in taste and satisfaction.

Whippet thin Victoria Beckham is said to maintain her trim figure by sticking to a strict gluten-free diet. Gwyneth Paltrow and Miley Cyrus are also fans of the wheat-free way which means no bread, pizza, pasta or cakes. But a new study shows that slimmers choosing gluten-free food could be filling up on fat instead.

Really? Celiac Disease Is Influenced by Season of Birth: One hypothesis is that the season in which a person is born may influence the development of this digestive disorder. Some researchers suspect that babies born in spring and summer are more susceptible to the disease, which is triggered by the gluten in wheat, barley and rye.

Babies usually begin eating foods containing gluten around 6 months of age, so those born in the warmer months would initially be exposed to gluten in the winter, when infections like cold and flu are common. Could early exposure to viral infections play a role in the autoimmune response to gluten?

For now that remains speculation. But at least three studies have backed the seasonal hypothesis. The most recent, published this month in The Journal of Pediatrics, looked at nearly 2,000 people with confirmed celiac disease. The researchers, at the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, concluded that more patients were born in the spring than in any other season.

A new gluten free beer!

In the past few years, though, a new process has been described that would use a specific enzyme to “denature” the proteins that produce glutens, during the brewing process. Two Brothers of Warrenville has been using this process to make their Prairie Path Golden Ale gluten-free for the past year. Now Omission is rolling out nationally with a GF lager and a pale ale.

Omission was developed at Widmer Brothers brewery in Portland, Oregon, now a part of Craft Brew Alliance with Red Hook.** CBA’s Account manager, Paul Mott, told people at the FatPour event that their interest in a GF beer was more than professional, since their CEO had been diagnosed with celiac disease twelve years ago, and the wife of brewmaster Joe Casey learned she had it six years ago…Omission beer is certified to meet the standard of less than 20 parts per million of gluten peptides. Each bottle’s date code can be looked up at omissiontest.com to see the independent testing results for that particular batch.

The news items link out to external sources. And, like always, none of these are a substitute to your own health-care provider’s advice.

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Need Some Beer…

20 Sep Only 3 PPM of Gluten!

Often times, the hardest thing for the gluten free person is finding a good beer. A Gluten Free, good beer! I’ve knocked down a bottle or two before; but, I’ve yet to stick to one brand. Some are too salty, some too bitter, and some taste too frothy. Just yesterday, I was pleasantly surprised with Estrella Damm’s Daura. I googled them after I got home, and was surprised to see how serious they’re about their beer.

Only 3 PPM of Gluten!The beer contains only 3 parts per million of gluten and is surprisingly light without the heavy after taste that comes from Amber Ales.

From their site:

Estrella Damm Daura has won a Gold Medal at the World Beer Championships, a Gold Medal at the International Beer Challenge and the World’s Best Gluten-free Lager Award at the World Beer Awards.

So, for now Daura gets my beer nod of the day.