No need to fear, the FDA is here! The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has finally announced that new regulations will keep those with Celiac Disease and gluten sensitivity safe. With these regulations, a standard definition of gluten-free has been established, stating that “a food must contain less than 20 parts per million (ppm) of gluten in order to brand the new ‘Gluten-Free’ label.”
First reporting on this great news was the National Foundation of Celiac Awareness (NFCS). While still in the beginning stages of the labeling rule, the NFCA is here to help. A fact sheet will be available at CeliacCentral to break down the new regulations into easy-to-understand terms, and you can also check out the NFCA’s free webinar that will explain the FDA’s response in greater detail here: NFCA’s Webinar Schedule.
We’re glad to see that gluten-free consumers can finally rely on a label they can trust. Food labeled gluten-free must comply with certain criteria set by the FDA, with a vast majority of those gluten-free foods testing well below 20 ppm.
The Huffington Post recently posted a great article using data from Grub Hub about which cities have the most gluten free consumers vs. cities with the most gluten free restaurant offerings. Check out which cities match up the best for Celiacs and other gluten free diners:
Check out the complete gluten free restaurant cities infographic. And remember, download Alex’s Gluten Free Spots from iTunes to review your favorite gluten free restaurants today!
Well, Gluten Dude has done a very smart thing. He was fed up that health and medical sites were very general when talking about what Celiac Disease symptoms might be, and so he turned to the people who know best: Celiacs. Then, after gathering responses from actual experience, he created the below nifty infographic.
All listed symptoms were mentioned more than once. The symptoms in red were mentioned most often.
Do you have symptoms on this list? If so, it’s time to get yourself tested.
Did you know that 15% of the population is actually gluten intolerant and 99% of people who have gluten intolerance or Celiac Disease are never diagnosed? People go through their lives having this intolerance without the proper tools to control it. Experiencing any of these symptoms for a period of time can hint that you may have a gluten intolerance or even Celiac Disease.
The difference lies in the issue of just how severe your symptoms are and how much gluten your body can tolerate. Every person who is living with Celiac Disease is gluten intolerant, but you can be gluten intolerant without having Celiac Disease.
Take a look at the list below from FitLife to see if your symptoms match up (Click for a larger view.). If they do, consider asking your doctor or a GI specialist if you may be gluten intolerant.
With 4th of July approaching, it’s party time. Whether you’re throwing a party of your own or just attending one where you want to be sure you’ll have a gluten free option, we’re sure you are in need of great gluten free appetizer recipes. So we’ve rounded up the 5 best from our favorite gluten free recipe bloggers. Check them out below, and happy 4th!
Pigs in a Blanket
Blogger: Gluten Free on a Shoestring
Why we love it: Who doesn’t love pigs in a blanket? This recipe is a crowd pleaser, and the pizza dough recipe is to-die-for. Read more…
We know that when you are gluten free because of a gluten intolerance or Celiac Disease, going out to eat can be rough. But it shouldn’t have to be. (That’s the main reason we created Alex’s Gluten Free Spots—to make going out to eat hassle free, so you can be aware of Celiac-friendly restaurants as rated by others.) Here is a round-up of tips for how to enjoy dining out gluten free. Bon appetit!
1. Have a take-charge attitude. You shouldn’t ever be embarrassed to speak up when your health and safety is at stake. Speak up, ask questions, and assume responsibility for getting uncontaminated gluten free food from the kitchen to your table. When you aren’t the one preparing the food, your best tool is your voice. Use it. Read more…
Every May is National Celiac Awareness Month, so on this last day of May, we wanted to give you a few ways you can increase your awareness of celiac disease and a gluten free lifestyle. Read more…
When you have Celiac disease or if you are gluten sensitive, it is difficult to dine out. While restaurants offer gluten free items, you want to know if any items have been prepared in the same place as food with gluten, since you don’t want to suffer the consequences if there has been cross contamination.
However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t eat out. If you find a restaurant you’d like to try, call ahead during non-busy hours (for a lunch/dinner restaurant, this is typically 10-11 am or 2-4 pm). A few simple questions can help you to feel confident dining out: Read more…
Alex’s Gluten Free Spots is launched in the Apple iTunes store for the iPhone! Download the Gluten Free restaurant review app today!
We are amazed at the early response to the app, but the stats below say we shouldn’t be. Celiac disease is common, with more people being diagnosed every day. We’ve compiled some intriguing gluten free stats and Celiac disease data below for your viewing pleasure. Read more…
With our launch only 3 days away (we launch Sunday in the iTunes store!) we wanted to let you know how to be among the first to hear app news and updates. Here’s a few places you can reach us: Read more…