Gluten Free and Celiac

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I am constantly having people tell me how much better they are feeling now that they are off of gluten. The percentage of the public that suffers from celiac disease is about 1%. However the sad part is that nine out of 10 patients are not properly diagnosed.

People that truly suffer from celiac disease are probably in some ways not entirely happy with the gluten-free craze. Restaurants advertise that they are gluten-free to cater to their customers who are feeling better eating a gluten-free diet. However they don’t exercise the necessary cautions that celiac patients need. For some celiac patients and exposure to gluten can result in a hospitalization. Most restaurants staffs are undertrained and ill-equipped to feed the true celiac.

Here are just a few examples that I’ve seen while eating out.

  • One restaurant advertises gluten-free pasta and I saw them cook the gluten-free pasta in the exact same water that the non-gluten-free pasta was cooked in.
  • Another restaurant brought my wife are gluten-free pasta with a couple non-gluten-free pastas in it.
  • Few restaurants have a fryer that’s dedicated to only gluten-free items.
  • Few restaurants have a toaster that is dedicated to gluten-free bread.
  • Cross-contamination by touching non-gluten-free bread and then touching the gluten-free bun.
  • Regular pizza oven being used to cook gluten-free pizza.

The person who is truly celiac needs these types of cautions. A person who feels better eating gluten free may not be penalized. I’ve seen some great restaurants over the years that really knew what they were doing and took great cautions. One restaurant had cookware devoted only to items cooked for their gluten-free customers.

I still think that the gluten-free craze has been helpful in educating the public. The article below talks about a recently identified pathology called non-celiac gluten sensitivity. Not everyone suffers the same difficulties as celiac patients do.

Gluten can target more than the gut. We know gluten damage the cotton celiac patients however gluten can also damage the brain, bones, and endocrine system, heart, and more. I’ve been eating gluten-free for years and I know I feel better because of it. However if my wife doesn’t follow the diet she pays greatly for it.

Read More At: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4114114/

 

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Chocolate Banana Smoothie

This delicious smoothie uses the Plant Head Protein. Plant Head is a gluten free protein powered that is gluten free, soy free, preservative free, and raw vegan. Really, this excellent protein comes in chocolate and vanilla flavor.

  • 1 scoop chocolate Plant Head Protein (or other chocolate protein powder)
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1 banana
  • 12 walnuts
  • 6 oz. almond milk (or other milk)

Blend until smooth.

Chocolate Bannana Smoothie

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